Christian Makaya is currently a researcher at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, New York. Prior to joining IBM, he was a senior research scientist at Telcordia Technologies and a visiting researcher at Ericsson Research. His work has been a catalyst behind several new initiatives and technologies resulting in delivery of high-value capabilities to products and services. For his technical contributions, he has been recognized by several high-prestige internal awards by IBM. Dr. Makaya leads several technical research activities in the area of networking and distributed systems with the mission of delivering deep technical breakthroughs. The focus of his current research interests is on cloud computing, edge computing, network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), big data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), cognitive systems, and network security. Dr. Makaya has authored numerous technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and is an inventor of several patents. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal (2007), University of Montreal. Dr. Makaya is an active member and volunteer of IEEE and serves on the Industry Outreach Board of IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc). He served as the co-chair of IEEE Young Professionals for IEEE Princeton/Central Jersey Section.