Dr. Singiresu S. Rao is currently a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He served as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering during the period 1998-2011. Earlier, Dr. Rao served as a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana during 1985-1998 and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India during 1972-1984. He was a Visiting Research Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia during 1980-1981. Dr. Rao received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University, India, M.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics and Design from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He received the Vepa Krishna Murthy gold medal from Andhra University for securing university first rank among students of all branches of engineering in all five years, and Lazarus Prize from Andhra University for securing university first rank among students of mechanical engineering in B.E. Dr. Rao received the first prize in James F. Lincoln Design Contest, as a graduate student,in 1971 for his paper on “Automated Optimization of Aircraft Wing Structures”.