Dr. Kolar is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with IBM Research focussed on environmental monitoring and management. He has worked across several IBM divisions in technical, management, and executive roles to advance cross-industry application of new technologies, including advanced analytical methods, information and knowledge management, pervasive/embedded real-time intelligent systems, and sensor based, cyberphysical systems. Dr. Kolar currently leads a team of IBM researchers on The Jefferson Project at Lake George, New York, an integrated environmental observatory and modeling system. Dr. Kolar was the lead architect for the SmartBay Galway project with the Marine Institute of Ireland and for a wide spectrum underwater acoustic monitoring project with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He was also a technical advisor for the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in New York. Dr. Kolar holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the science and engineering of materials. He is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Arizona State University and the School of Biotechnology at Dublin City University. He is also a District Advocate for the American Physical Society at the U.S. Congressional level.