Eric Kolaczyk is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and inaugural director of the McGill Computational and Data Systems Initiative (CDSI). His research is focused at the point of convergence where statistical and machine learning theory and methods support human endeavors enabled by computing and engineered systems, frequently from a network-based perspective of systems science. He collaborates regularly on problems in computational biology, computational neuroscience and, most recently, AI-assisted chemistry and materials science. He has published over 100 articles, including several books on the topic of network analysis. As an associate editor, he has served on the boards of JASA and JRSS-B in statistics, IEEE IP and TNSE in engineering, and SIMODS in mathematics. He formerly served as co-chair of the US National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering Roundtable on Data Science Education. He is an elected fellow of the AAAS, ASA, and IMS, an elected senior member of the IEEE, and an elected member of the ISI.