John Cagnol is currently the Dean of Engineering and Associate Dean of Studies at Ecole Centrale Paris, an ivy-league engineering "grand-école". He specializes in Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) and Modeling and Simulation and has authored over 30 research papers and edited over five proceedings volumes for various institutions. John has taught and carried out research at the University of Virginia in the United States and has been the director of the mathematics department and laboratory of scientific computing at the ESILV in France. As for his professional interests, John is involved with the IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) and is the secretary of the working group on Control of Distributed Systems. He is also on the board of the ICAST (International Conference on Advancement of Science and Technology) and is an editor of "Smart Material and Structures", a publication of the IOP.