Maria Vlasiou is an associate professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, having secured a grant made available to top women scientists. She also holds appointments as a Research Fellow at Eurandom and as Scientific Staff Member at CWI, Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD from TU/e in 2006, co-funded by a personal grant from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2006, she moved to the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her research interests are mainly in stochastic processes and stochastic operations research. Her research focuses on the performance of stochastic processing networks with layered architectures, and on perturbation analysis for heavy-tailed risk models. Other interests include Lévy processes, large deviations for non-monotone stochastic recursions, and proportional fairness in heavy traffic for bandwidth-sharing networks. In the past few years, Vlasiou been associate editor of two journals and has refereed for about 45 international journals, conferences, and national science foundations. Her research has been funded by seven grants and further supporting funding.