S. PUSHPAVANAM, PhD, University of Florida, is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has been actively involved in teaching and research for the past 22 years. He was a faculty in IIT Kanpur from 1989 to 1997. His research interests include mathematical modeling and simulation, nonlinear dynamics and bifurcation theory, clean energy (with emphasis on coal gasification), microfluidics and process intensification. In addition to working with the government agencies on sponsored-research projects, he has collaborated extensively with numerous industries such as Tata Beverages, Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil, General Motors, and so forth. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship (1995) and the Rajarambapu National Award for the best engineering college teacher given by the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE).