Professor George Deodatis received his Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1982. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Columbia University (received in 1984 and 1987 respectively). He started his academic career at Princeton University where he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor (with tenure). He moved to Columbia University in 2002 where he served as Associate Professor and Professor. He currently holds the Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Endowed Chair at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He is currently also serving as Department Chair. His research interests are in the area of probabilistic methods in civil engineering and engineering mechanics with emphasis on simulation of stochastic processes and fields to model uncertain earthquake/wind loads and material/soil properties, structural dynamics, random vibrations, reliability and safety analysis of structures, stochastic finite element methods, risk assessment and risk management of civil infrastructure systems under the combined effect of hurricanes and climate change. He has received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability Junior Research Prize, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter Huber Research Prize. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2009, he was elected President of the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability for a four-year term. In 2013, he chaired the International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability that was held in New York City. In 2017, he was elected President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a two-year term. While on the faculty at Princeton University, he was awarded the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton's highest teaching honor. At Columbia University, he has received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, Columbia's highest teaching honors.