Michael A. Palis received the B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and Physics (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines in 1979 and 1980, respectively, and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1985.

He is currently Provost of Rutgers University – Camden, which he joined in 1996 as Founding Chair of the Department of Computer Science. Before becoming Provost, he served as Associate Dean (2005-2007) and subsequently as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School (2007-2011). Before joining Rutgers, Dr. Palis served on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Palis’ research interests include parallel and distributed computing, real-time systems, design and analysis of algorithms, and computational complexity. He is an editor of the International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science and has previously served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Computers (1994-1997) and the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (1995-1998), and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing (1993-2013). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).