Dr. Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Kent State University. He received B.E. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the Tsinghua University of China in 1997 and 2000, and went on to earn his PhD degree in computer science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 2006. His research interests include natural phenomena modeling, physically-based simulation and visualization, data and information visualization, image and geometric processing, and general purpose computing on graphics hardware (GPGPU).