Pascal Van Hentenryck joined the faculty in 2015. Prior to that appointment, he led the optimization research group at NICTA (about 70 people) for about 4 years and was a professor of computer science at Brown University for about 20 years. Van Hentenryck is the recipient of two honorary degrees and is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He was awarded the 2002 INFORMS ICS Award for research excellence in operations research and compute science, the 2006 ACP Award for research excellence in constraint programming, the 2010-2011 Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, and was the 2013 IFORS Distinguished speaker. Van Hentenryck is the author of five MIT Press books and has developed a number of innovative optimisation systems (CHIP, Numerica, OPL, Comet) that have been widely used in academia and industry. Van Hentenryck’s research is currently at the intersection of data science and optimization with a focus on risk and resilience, energy systems, marketing optimization, and transportation.