Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is Smith International Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Southern California. He served as a program director for the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation from September 2012 to September 2014. Dr. Gupta's interest is in the area of physics-aware decision making to facilitate automation. He is specifically interested in automation challenges related to Engineering Design, Manufacturing, and Robotics. He has published more than three hundred technical articles. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and editor of ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. Dr. Gupta has received several honors and awards for his research contributions. Representative examples include: Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001, Invention of the Year Award at the University of Maryland in 2007, Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award from ASME Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Committee in 2011, Excellence in Research Award from ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division in 2013, and Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2014. He has also received seven best paper awards at conferences.