Abani K Patra currently directs the Computational & Data Sciences Program at University at Buffalo, SUNY. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas-Austin in 1995. After a short post-doctoral stint he joined the University at Buffalo, Mechanical and Aerospace department in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2004. He spent 3 years at the National Science Foundation as a program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure from 2007-10. He has been actively engaged in computational science research and was among the founding members of the Centers for Computational Research and the Center for Geohazards at Buffalo. He has published numerous articles on topics ranging from adaptive meshing and error analysis of finite elements, HPC and more recently large data driven methodologies. The TITAN2D toolkit, developed by Patra and co-workers is used by over 200 groups worldwide for mass flow hazard analysis.