Santosh S. Venkatesh received the B.Tech. with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1981, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, in 1982 and 1987, respectively. In 1986 he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was also named to membership in the David Mahoney Institute for Neurological Sciences. He has haunted the corridors at Penn since then excepting for visiting forays to the Helsinki Institute of Technology, Caltech, Bell Labs, Siemens, and Microsoft Research. His research interests are in probability, information, communication, learning theory, and neural computation though what he really likes doing is flipping coins. When not doing mathematics or teaching he has been known to coach a succession of youth soccer teams, his coaching methods reportedly involving much giggling and horsing around. He was a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004.