Dr. Zhuangyi Liu is a professor and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. His research interests lie in the Optimal Control Theory, differential equations, and approximation and parameter identification. Dr. Liu has supervised nearly 30 M.S. graduate students and served on 28 M.S. graduate students’ committees. Dr. Liu also serves as an editor of the Journal of Mathematical Science, Advances and Applications. Dr. Liu is a 2011 recipient of the University of Minnesota Award for Global Engagement.