• The author is with the Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-1112.
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Wei Zhao received the MSc and PhD degrees in computer and information science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 and 1986, respectively. He completed his undergraduate program in physics at Shaanxi Normal University, Xian, China, in 1977. He is currently an associate vice president for research at Texas A&M University. In 1990, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University. Between 1997 and 2001, he served as a department head. Dr. Wei Zhao is a fellow of the IEEE. His current research interests includes secured real-time computing and communication, distributed operating systems, databases, and fault tolerant systems. He has played critical leadership roles in projects NetEx and NetCamo. His research group has been recognized by various awards and prizes, including the outstanding paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems in 1992, the best paper award from the IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference in 1997, an award on technology transfer from the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) in 2002, and the second prize in the international ACM student research contest in 2002. Dr. Zhao is an inventor for two US patents and has published more than 180 papers in journals, conferences, and book chapters. Dr. Zhao is active in professional services. Dr. Zhao was an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers between 1992 and 1996. He is currently on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He was program and general chair of the IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposia in 1995 and 1996, respectively. He served as program and general chair of the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposia in 1999 and 2000, respectively. He was the coprogram chair for the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems in 2001. He will be the cogeneral chair of the IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems in 2003.