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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 12 comments on Game Changer: Azer Bestavros’ Journey from Egypt to Cambridge to BU’s Computing Mastermind

  1. Great profile of a visionary exemplar. It was my great fortune to work with and for Professor Bestavros from time-to-time throughout his tenure at BU, and I consider that privilege one of the highlights of my extensive career … which, in terms of technological progress, may well have spanned the equivalent of a thousand years. :-)

    Boston University is very fortunate to have his leadership in helping us navigate such a profoundly strategic domain.

  2. I can’t be more proud of your achievement.
    Still remember the old good days at Saint Marc college.
    And will never forget the speech your late father gave at my father’s funeral.
    Hope everything is fine for you and if one day you come to Alex please contact me.

    Ashraf farah

    1. Thank you Krithi! I still recall fondly the first time we met in San Antonio, Texas, for IEEE RTSS’91. Your priority inheritance paper at that conference is what inspired my foray into speculative computation for RTDBs! Hope we cross paths again soon.
      –Azer

  3. What a treat to read the backstory behind this wonderful human being. There is one more chapter that should be added – which is the impact Azer has had on his students, co-workers, and collaborators. He is a tireless advocate, thought partner, and cheerleader for those around him – catalyzing and enabling others to be the best they can be. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for Azer and excited to be part of the next phase of his journey!

    1. I am lucky and thankful to have you on my team Ziba; it takes a village. Your boundless energy and exuding optimism are infectious. Onward and upward!

  4. Its a journey I remember like it happened only yesterday-except that early part of Azer’s youth in Alexandria-the rest is a journey in heaven.
    R Costandi

    1. Thank you dearest Ramses (and wonderful family). I recall vividly spending that very first weekend after my arrival to the US in 1987 at your apartment in NYC.
      Love always,
      –Azer

  5. Congratulations on your great achievement Professor Bestavros. I’m proud to have had the privilege of studying Fundamentals of Computing under you, and have re-taught many of your “lottery ticket” explanations to my colleagues.

    I can’t wait to see the new CCDS complex come to life. The rendering reminds me of the stacks of CS books that used to live on my desk in the Boston University dorms. Although, I am still waiting to add a “Fundamentals of Computing” book to my library.

    1. Wow, you bring back many, many memories! Thanks for the nice words and looking forward to welcoming you to the new building and hopefully much sooner. Happy to send you the current draft of the book ;)

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