hope that I will be able to continue my PhD. Today, when I write this dissertation, I cannot thank him enough for all his advice and mentoring. In fact, it would be an understatement to say Iulian introduced me to research in software engineering; he taught me everything about research: from choosing the right problems to solve to sharpening my writing and presentation skills. I appreciate his patience, encouragement and support through out these years that helped me to achieve much more than I thought I could. Most importantly, I learned the importance of perfection from Iulian, a quality I think, will continue to help me grow in my career. Thank you Iulian! I collaborated closely with Prof. Michalis Faloutsos during last couple years of my PhD. Michalis has an innate ability to recognize very quickly a student’s aptitude, interests, potential, and then to encourage them in exactly the right way. On the technical lower-level details and help focus on high-level “stuff ” (the same reason he can write killer abstracts in a paper). Even though he claims he is mostly a network-science researcher, I would never know he is not a “software-engineering guy ” (yeah, that’s what he calls us
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