Nodari Vakhania graduated with honors from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Cybernetics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, in 1983. In 1989, he entered the PhD program in Computer Science at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and obtained a degree in Mathematical Cybernetics in 1991. In 1992, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and had a short-term visiting position at the University of Saarbrucken, Germany. In 1995, he became a professor at the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias at the State University of Morelos, Mexico. He also has an honorary position at the Institute of Computational Mathematics of the Georgian Academy of Sciences, where he received a doctoral degree in Mathematical Cybernetics in 2004. His research interests include design and analysis of algorithms, discrete optimization, computational complexity and scheduling theory. He is an author of nearly 100 refereed research papers including more than 60 publications in highly ranked international journals. He has also worked with different scientific committees, including those at the Mexican Science Foundation CONACyT. He is an editorial board member and a referee for a number of international scientific journals. He has obtained research grants and honors in Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United States, Russia, and Mexico, and has given more than forty invited talks throughout the world.