Laxmikant (Sanjay) Kale is the director of the Parallel Programming Laboratory and the Paul and Cynthia Saylor Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has worked since 1985. His research spans parallel computing, with a focus on adaptive runtime systems, and guided by the belief that only interdisciplinary research involving multiple CSE applications can lead to well-honed abstractions with potential for a long-term impact. His collaborations include biomolecular simulation program NAMD (Gordon-Bell award, 2002), and applications in computational cosmology, quantum chemistry etc. He takes pride in his group's success in distributing software embodying their research ideas, including Charm++, and AMPI. His degrees include B.Tech, Electronics Engineering from BHU, India (1977), M.E., IISc Bangalore, India (1979) and Ph.D., Computer Science, SUNY, Stony Brook (1985). Prof. Kale is a fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and a winner of the 2012 IEEE Sidney Fernbach award.