Kui Ren received his B.S. from Nanjing University in China. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Applied Mathematics program at Columbia University in May 2006. He moved to the University of Chicago as a L. E. Dickson instructor in 2007 and joined the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Computational Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics (ICES) in Fall 2008. Kui Ren's research involves several aspects of applied and computational mathematics. His recent work include theoretical and numerical analysis of inverse problems related to partial differential equations with applications in biomedical imaging, mathematical modeling and computation of the propagation of high frequency acoustic/electromagnetic waves in random media, numerical and mathematical studies of random graphs and networks, as well as numerical algorithms for kinetic modeling of electrostatics and charge transport in semiconductor devices.