Ali Jadbabaie is the JR East Professor of Engineering, and Associate Director of the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT. He holds faculty appointments in the department of civil and environmental engineering, and is a principal investigator in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS). Additionally, he serves as the director of the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center at MIT. He received his BS from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran; his MS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of New Mexico; and his PhD in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral scholar at Yale University before joining the faculty at Penn in July 2002. Prior to joining the faculty at MIT, he was the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Network Science, and held secondary appointments in computer and information science and operations, information and decisions at the Wharton School. Jadbabaie is the inaugural editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, a new interdisciplinary journal sponsored by several IEEE societies. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council, and George S. Axelby Best Paper Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society. His students have been winners and finalists of student best paper awards at various ACC and CDC conferences. He is an IEEE fellow. He is a 2015 recipient of the Vannevar Bush Fellowship (Formerly known as National Security Science and a Engineering Faculty Fellowship) from the office of the Secretary of Defense. His current research interests include the interplay of dynamic systems and networks, with specific emphasis on multi-agent coordination and control, distributed optimization, network science, and network economics.