Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences and serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Science at George Mason University (GMU), Virginia, USA. He also serves as the Director of the STEM Accelerator Program as well as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology) at GMU. His research interests are in the broad areas of computational mathematics, computational data science, scientific computing, computational biomechanics, design and systems thinking, entrepreneurship and STEM education. During the last decade, Dr. Seshaiyer initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. He serves on several prominent local, national and international organizations and taskforces and works with over 20 countries on STEM related projects and building capacity. In 2019, he was selected as Figures that Matter and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. This was given to committed scientists who transcend the boundaries of their own disciplines and to personalities that have been at the frontiers of societal change.