Michael A. Langston is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee. He conducts research in the analysis of algorithms, big data analytics, computational biology, discrete optimization, graph theory, network science, parallel computing and several related subjects. He has authored over 400 refereed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and other reports. His work has been funded by DOD, DOE, NIH, NSF and a variety of other funding agencies, both stateside and abroad. He has served on numerous editorial boards, including the Association for Computing Machinery's flagship publication Communications of the ACM. Notable honors include the Commendation Medal, U.S. Army, 1979; the Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 1981; the Distinguished Service Prize, ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory, 2001; and the Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement, University of Tennessee, 1994 and 2014.