Pasquale received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley (with dissertation on fundamental problems of decentralized control in large-scale distributed systems, advised by Domenico Ferrari), and bachelor's and master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with dissertation on the design and implementation of computer-synthesized musical performance systems, advised by Marvin Minsky and mentored by Hal Alles and Max Mathews at Bell Laboratories). He has received numerous awards in both teaching and research, including the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching, the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, the Jacobs School of Engineering Teacher of the Year in CSE, the IBM Faculty Award, the TRW Young Investigator Award, the NCR Faculty Award, the NSF PYI (National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator) Award, and the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Faculty Award. He was a member of the IDA/DARPA Defense Science Study Group V. He served on numerous ACM and IEEE technical program conference committees, including those for SIGCOMM, SIGMETRICS, ICDCS, INFOCOM, Multimedia, NOSSDAV, CSCW, and ISADS. He also served on and chaired the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award committee and numerous NSF award and review committees.
Joe is originally from New Jersey and is of Italian descent (his parents were Italian immigrants, from Calabria). He enjoys Italian food and cinema, and traveling in Italy.