Lou Degenaro has been a software engineer at IBM since 1981, shifting to IBM Research in 1988. His interests are in the areas of systems, distributed computing, and middleware. He has been an integral part of many successful projects, including DeepQA (The Jeopardy Challenge), DoD supercomputer control system, System S, WebSphere Partitioning Facility For Extended Deployment, Business Rule Beans, Accessible Business Rules (the foundation for WebSphere Personalization), Life Underwriting Workstation, MPIF/6000, Load Leveler, DFSMS/VM, and Distributed Dirmaint for VM. Mr. Degenaro holds several U.S. patents and has co-authored several papers for prestigious conferences. He received the Master of Science in Computer Engineering degree from Syracuse University in 1985 and the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree from SUNY Oswego in 1979.