Ximing Cai is Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Ven Te Chow Faculty Scholar in Water Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current research areas include coupled human-natural system analysis with an emphasis of human interferences in hydrological processes, water-energy-food system modeling, and sustainable water resources management particularly in developing countries. He has authored or co-authored over 120 peer reviewed journal papers, 3 books and several monographs. He currently serves as Editor for Water Resources Research (Am. Geophysical Union, AGU, the flagship journal of water resources) and Editorial Board of Water International. He has obtained several awards including U.S. National Science Foundation Career Award, ASCE Environment and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Service to Profession Award, and Best Paper Awards with Water International and J. of Water Resources Planning and Management. He has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, United Nations and other international agencies.