Ioannis Koutis is an associate professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a Diploma in Computer Engineering and Informatics, from the University of Patras. He is broadly interested in algorithm design. He is a co-inventor of the fastest known algorithm for solving an important class of linear systems. He has also contributed in the area of parameterized algorithms for hard combinatorial problems, by introducing a general framework that has produced the fastest known algorithm for numerous problems. In 2012, Ioannis Koutis received an NSF CAREER award.