Dr. Qing Yang is a Distinguished Engineering Professor at URI and an IEEE Fellow. His research interests are in the area of computer architecture and data storage. He has over 28 years of experiences in the areas of computer architecture and data storage both in academic research and in high tech industry. He has published over 120 high quality technical articles in these research fields and served as a general chair for the premier conferences in computer architecture such as International Symposium on Computer Architecture. He held 20 issued US patents and over a dozen pending applications. Majority of his patents have been licensed to computer industry with significant practical impact. He has founded four high tech startup companies using his research inventions and his patents in Boston area. His latest startup, VeloBit, was based on his new research results on flash memory SSD management. The products of VeloBit made a great impact on SSD storage sector. Western Digital, the worldwide dominator in storage devices, realized the significant value of the technologies of VeloBit and acquired VeloBit in July 2013 as a part of its strategic transition to entering the SSD market.