Sushanta K. Mitra received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Victoria. He is the Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and a full Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering and also cross-appointed to the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining UW, he was the Associate Vice-President Research at the York University and the Kaneff Professor in Micro & Nanotechnology for Social Innovation. He was also the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. He was one of the founding members of the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence: IC-IMPACTS where he was appointed as the Associate Scientific Director and also the Theme Lead for the Integrated Water Management. Before joining York University, he was the Assistant Vice-President (Research) and a Professor at the University of Alberta. He led number of pan-Canadian and global initiatives like Bioconversion of Coal within Nano-Bio-Energy Network (PDF) and Global Integrated Water Management Network. He is actively involved in number of technical societies such as President for Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME), Chair of Technical Committee for American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and Member for Committee on International Scientific Affairs in American Physical Society (APS). For his contributions in science and engineering, he has been elected the Fellow of ASME, CSME, Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), American Physical Society (APS), Indian National Academy of Engineering (Foreign Fellow), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario and the recipient of the 2015 Engineering Excellence Medal from the PEO and OSPE.