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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An IEEE Senior Member and immediate past chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee, Kartik Kulkarni is the manager of special projects with the Database Engine Team at Oracle Corporation, Redwood City, CA, USA. He is receiving the 2021 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award “for contributions to the technical fields of transactions and in-memory databases, as well as for enabling young professionals working on technologies for sustainable development" at the 2021 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit (IEEE VIC Summit) and Honors Ceremony held virtually on 11-13 May 2021.