Dr. John R. (Jack) Howell received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering and his Ph.D. in engineering from the Case Institute of Technology. He has served on the UT Cockrell School of Engineering faculty since 1978 and previously taught at the University of Houston, and spent seven years as a researcher with NASA. John Howell pioneered the use of the Monte Carlo method for analysis of radiative heat transfer in complex systems that contain absorbing, emitting and scattering media. He has studied, developed and compared computational techniques for radiative transfer and combined-mode problems for over 50 years. In addition to over 250 refereed archival and meeting papers and reports, his textbook Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer (editions 1 through 4 coauthored with Robert Siegel, and the fifth edition (2011) with additional author Prof. M. Pinar Mengüç) was first published in 1972. It is the classic work in engineering radiative transfer, and has been translated into German and Russian, and is presently being translated into Chinese. His recent work on adapting inverse solution techniques to highly nonlinear problems at both the macro and nano scales has introduced a valuable design tool for thermal systems. He is a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (2005); Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences (1999); Life Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer and International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer.