Daniel Lidar received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley for three years, and became a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto in 2000, with cross-appointments in Physics and Mathematics. He co-founded and directed the University of Toronto Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Control. Lidar joined the Electrical Engineering Department of the Viterbi School of Engineering, USC, in July 2005, and holds cross appointments in Chemistry and Physics. His research focuses on the problem of controlling open quantum systems, with a particular emphasis on quantum computers. His work revolves around various aspects of quantum information science, including quantum algorithms, the theory of open quantum systems, and theoretical as well as experimental adiabatic quantum computation. Among his awards, Lidar is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2012, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2007, is a Senior Member of the IEEE since 2007, was awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 2003, and was named one of the Top 20 Researchers Under 40 by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in 2002. Lidar is the Director and co-founding member of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology (CQIST), and is the Scientific Director of the USC-Lockheed Martin Center for Quantum Computing. He has published over 150 peer reviewed technical papers and holds four patents.