Bilge Acun is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She works at the Parallel Programming Laboratory advised by Professor Laxmikant Kale. Her dissertation is on optimizing the performance and power efficiency of large-scale data-centers and supercomputers through smart and adaptive software techniques. During her PhD, she has conducted research at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Bilge’s research has been recognized as a cover-featured article in the prestigious IEEE Computer magazine, as well as at top conferences in the area of High Performance Computing (such as SC, ICS). Bilge is the lead inventor of three patent-pending technologies, 2 of which are related to her thesis research. In 2017, Bilge was selected as one of four Illinois Innovation prize finalists. She is also a recipient of the competitive Saburo Muroga Endowed Fellowship from UIUC.