Dr. Sushil Birla (Su-sheel), Senior Technical Advisor in the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Maryland, together with his counterparts in the Offices of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and New Reactors, provides technical leadership in the discipline of digital instrumentation and controls. Formerly, as a Technical Fellow with General Motors, Dr. Birla’s research aimed to build safety into the processes, methods, and tools for developing digital automation within the vehicle, as well as automation to engineer and manufacture the vehicle. As a former member and chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Sector Board 3 “Industrial Automation” and an expert member and contributor to various IEC/ISO working groups, Dr. Birla has migrated ideas from research into industry consensus standards, e.g. ISO 26262 and IEC 61499. For transforming his research into practice in auto-generation of electrical design, Dr. Birla was a co-recipient of the GM Boss Kettering award, GM's highest award for recognizing GM technical inventions and innovations. Dr. Birla has written many articles and reviews for publications of professional societies such as the ACM and IEEE. Dr. Birla earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in May 1997, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India.