Ana P. Barros is the Donald Biggar Willett Chair of Engineering and Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUCD). Before UIUCD, Barros was a professor at Duke University where she remains as the Edmund T. Pratt, jr. School Distinguished Professor Emerita of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. She received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. She received two MScs, one in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, the other in Hydraulics from University of Porto, Portugal. She also received her undergraduate in Environmental Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal. Barros was an engineering faculty at the University of Porto, Pennsylvania State University, and Harvard University before joining Duke University. Her primary research interests are in Hydrology, Hydrometeorology and Environmental Physics with a focus on water-cycle processes in the coupled land-atmosphere-biosphere system particularly in regions of complex terrain, remote sensing of the environment, climate predictability, extreme events, and risk assessment of natural hazards. Barros is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, and American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the national Academy of Engineering.