Ayesha Afzal is a researcher working towards the PhD degree at the professorship for High Performance Computing at Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU), Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in Computational Engineering from the Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. Afzal is the recipient of First Place ISC PhD Forum Award 2021. Her PhD research lies at the crossroads of analytic performance models, performance tools and parallel simulation frameworks, with a focus on the first-principles performance modelling of distributed-memory parallel programs in high-performance computing. She further conducts research in multi-core and parallel architectures, parallel computing and algorithms, parallel programming models, modern C++, and domain specific languages.