George Turkiyyah is a Professor in the Computer Science department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He obtained his MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and his BE from AUB. Prior to joining AUB, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at the University of Washington. His research interests are in physically-based simulation, numerical optimization, geometric modeling, high-performance computing, and large-scale Web-enabled data repositories. Prof Turkiyyah is the author of more than 60 refereed publications, holds 4 patents on geometric representation technologies, has advised 6 PhD students, co-founded a software startup, and published a number of widely-used software systems. He has won a number of awards including the 2003 Transportation Research Board K.B. Woods award for best paper in Design and Construction, best presentation/poster awards in the 2007 ACM Solid and Physical Modeling and the 2006 Medicine Meets Virtual reality conferences. He chaired the 2003 ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference and co-chaired SPM 03, the eighth ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling and Applications. Prof Turkiyyah serves on the program committees of a number of conferences including the ACM/SIAM SPM Solid and Physical Modeling Symposium and Computer-Aided Design. He is a member of ACM and SIAM.