Dr. Tony Chan became President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2009 after a three-year term as Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate. Prior to this, he served as Dean of Physical Sciences and chair of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA. He was co-founder of IPAM, director from 2000-2001, and is a current member of IPAM’s Board of Trustees. His research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, VLSI physical design and computational brain mapping. He was educated at Caltech and Stanford and held faculty positions at Caltech and Yale before joining the UCLA math department in 1986. Dr. Chan is an ISI Highly Cited Author in mathematics and a Fellow of SIAM and AAAS. He has mentored over 25 PhD students and 15 postdoctoral fellows.