Dr. Qiuming Cheng is currently a professor at the School of Earth Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai, China, and the founding director of the State Key Lab of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing. Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 1994. He became a faculty member in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2002 at York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Cheng has published more than 250 refereed papers and 17 book chapters. He received several prestigious awards including the William Christian Krumbein Medal, the highest award given by the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG), the AAG Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed by the International Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG), the Canada Foundation for Innovation Award (CFI), and the State Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Government. He served as president of IAMG and is the past president of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a foreign member of Academia Europaea (AE).