Dr. Sam S. Y. Wang, the founding director of NCCHE, earned his Ph.D. in Computational Hydrodynamics (1967) and M.S. in Fluid Mechanics (1965) from the University of Rochester, NY. He received his B.S. (1959) in Mechanical Engineering, from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Dr. Wang is one of the first four Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professors – the highest honorary position for researchers at The University of Mississippi. He was renominated and reselected for a second term in 1993, and was awarded this title for life by the University of Mississippi in 1998. Dr. Wang has been with Ole Miss for 43 years, since 1967, when he was employed as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering right after the completion of his Ph.D. degree. Dr. Wang's contribution in computational modeling of hydroscience and engineering systems has been recognized internationally, which led to the establishment of NCCHE with financial support from the U.S. Congress and several federal agencies. His publications include nine books, two invited chapters, more than 200 journal articles, proceeding papers, and conference presentations. He has been invited to deliver opening and keynote addresses, special lectures, short courses and workshops at numerous international conferences, as well as leading research institutes in more than 30 countries on 6 continents. Most of these were supported by the UNDP, private foundations and foreign governments. Dr. Wang retired in June 2010, after 43 years of service to the University of Mississippi. He has returned to work half-time at NCCHE as a research professor, but he holds F.A.P Barnard Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director Emeritus, officially.