Michaela has over 25 years industry experience in FPGA, board-level design and computer architecture. She graduated from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. She worked in both research institutions (ETH and Bell Labs) as well as development organizations and was deeply involved in large scale international collaborations such as NetFPGA-10G. Today, she works as a principal engineer at the Xilinx labs in Dublin heading a team of international researchers. Her expertise spreads data centers, machine learning, high-speed networking, emerging memory technologies and distributed computing systems, with an emphasis on building complete implementations. She is on the industry advisor council to the Irish Center for High-End Computing (ICHEC), serves on the technical program committee of a number of conferences (DATE, FPL, GLOBALSIP, Hipeac, PPoPP), organizer of SC’2015 and 2016 workshops and industry review panel of numerous research projects.