Rick Salay, PhD, is an expert in software modeling research, having published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in the area. Two of these won best paper awards (one of them at International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), the top software engineering conference) and another one was nominated for best paper in Requirements Engineering (RE), the top international requirements engineering conference. He has conducted and led internationally recognized research in modeling on topics including megamodeling, managing model uncertainty, model transformations and most recently, safety assurance. He played a senior role in the Network for the Engineering of Complex Software Intensive Systems (NECSIS), a five year $10.5 million pan-Canadian research network with industrial partners General Motors and IBM, focused on improving Model Driven Engineering (MDE) practice. Prior to his research career, he had a 15 year career in advanced software product development holding senior software design roles, most recently as chief architect at InSystems Technologies Inc. (now Oracle).