Azer Bestavros is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Boston University, which he joined in 1991 and chaired from 2000 to 2007. He is the Founding Director of the BU Hariri Institute for Computing, which was set up in 2010 to "create and sustain a community of scholars who believe in the transformative potential of computational perspectives in research and education." He is the co-Chair of the Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation, which was set up in 2012 to develop BU's strategy as it relates to leveraging on-line technology in on-campus, residential programs.
Azer Bestavros pursues research in the broad areas of networking and real-time embedded systems. His contributions include pioneering the web push content distribution model adopted years later by industry, seminal work on Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic approaches to cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software. As of January 2013, funded by over $18M of grants from government agencies and industrial labs, his research work yielded 17 PhD theses, 4 issued patents, 2 startup companies, and hundreds of refereed papers that are cited over 13,000 times according to Google Scholar. He received a number of awards for distinguished teaching, research, and service, including the ACM Sigmetrics Inaugural Test of Time Award for research "whose impact is still felt 10-15 years after its initial publication" and the United Methodist Scholar Teacher Award in recognition of "outstanding dedication and contributions to the learning arts and to the institution."
Azer Bestavros serves as co-chair of the Research, Education, and Outreach Committee of the MGHPCC, and as board member of the Cloud Computing Caucus, a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of industry and key government stakeholders, focused on raising awareness and educating lawmakers and the public on issues associated with cloud computing. He is is the former chair of the IEEE Computer Society TC on the Internet and served on the program committees and editorial boards of major computer science conferences and journals.
Azer Bestavros obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 1992 from Harvard University, under Thomas E. Cheatham, one of the "roots" of the academic genealogy of applied computer scientists.