Dr. Mustafa S. Altinakar is Director and Research Professor at the National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE) of the University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi, USA. He has M.S and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and a Ph.D. in Hydraulics and a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Before joining the NCCHE, he served as the Acting Director and Head of the Fluvial Hydraulics Section at the Hydraulic Research Laboratory at EPFL. From 1989 to 1997, he worked on numerous water infrastructure projects in Switzerland, France, Turkey, and North Africa as a Senior Design Engineer and Project Manager at Bonnard and Gardel Consulting Engineers Ltd. in Lausanne. His research interests include fluvial hydraulics, sediment transport, transport and fate of contaminants, computational hydroscience, flood simulation and mapping, natural hazards and emergency management, infrastructure resilience, integrated watershed management, optimization and decision support systems, and the design of hydraulic structures. He has developed two dimensional flood modeling and mapping software for the DHS and FEMA. He co-authored a textbook on hydrodynamics (in French) and a textbook on fluvial hydraulics (in French, English and Chinese) and published more than 150 journal articles, conference papers, and articles in online encyclopedias. He is a member of the ASCE, IAHR, ASFPM and ASDSO. He served as the chair and member of the IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee, and member of the ASCE-EWRI Task Committee on Dam/Levee Break Fluvial Processes. He is currently member of the “National Reservoir Sedimentation and Sustainability Team," and the ASCE task committee on “Managing Reservoir Sediment: Technical, Economic, and Policy Issues."