Pratim Biswas earned his BS from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in Mechanical Engineering, his MS from the University of California–Los Angeles and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1985. His research interests are in aerosol science and technology, nanoparticle technology, environmental nanotechnology, air quality and pollution control, environmentally benign energy production, and environmental science and engineering, and he has published more than 200 papers in his field. Biswas has served on several national committees and was the conference chair for the 15th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research and chair of the Critical Review Committee of the Air and Waste Management Association. He has also served on the board of directors of the American Association for Aerosol Research and was the treasurer and an associate editor of the Aerosol Science and Technology Journal. In 2006-2007, he served as the president of the American Association for Aerosol Research. Professor Biswas has had continual interactions with faculty in IIT Bombay, and one of his doctoral graduates is now a faculty member there.