My name is Aleksey Charapko. I am (soon to be) an assistant professor of computer science at the University of New Hampshire. I have received my PhD in computer sciences and engineering from the University at Buffalo, and my B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of North Florida. I am interested in many aspects of computing, however, my research lies in the area of distributed systems, distributed consensus, distributed databases, and fault tolerance. Over the years, I have worked in a variety of businesses, ranging from a small, local IT company in Jacksonville, FL to a large international corporation. I have been with Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB for 2 amazing years before leaving for academia in July 2020.