Khalid M. Mosalam is Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center and Taisei Chair Professor of Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the built environment and infrastructure and their resiliency in the face of extreme events. Prof. Mosalam also chairs the Al Falah Program in Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley, which aims at facilitating technical and academic exchange between UC Berkeley and counterparts in the Middle East or Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries on issues of science and technology that are of common interest to these countries and the United States. The program accomplishes this by funding research projects and field visits. He holds a Ph.D. in Structures Minor: Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, 1996, an M.S. in Structures, Cairo University, Egypt, 1991, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt, 1988.