Danesh Tafti is the William S. Cross Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Penn State University in 1989. After two years of post-doctoral work he joined the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held positions of Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, and Associate Director. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Virginia Tech in 2002 where he directs the High Performance Computational Fluid-Thermal Science and Engineering Lab. In 2009, he was named the William S. Cross Professor of Engineering. His research interests are in high-end, multiscale, multiphysics simulations of single and multiphase systems in the broad areas of propulsion, energy and biological systems. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications to his credit and has given several invited and keynote lectures at national and international conferences. He is a Fellow of ASME, Associate Editor of ASME J. Heat Transfer and editorial board member of the Int. J. Heat and Fluid Flow.