Professor Xiao Dong Chen has been the Soochow University Distinguished Professor and Head of Chemical and Environmental Engineering since 2013. He obtained a BE in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University (1987) in Beijing; a PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering from Canterbury University in New Zealand (1991); and a MSc in Applied Mathematics from University of New South Wales in Australia (2014). He is an Editor of Trends in Food Science and Technology (Elsevier) and the founding editor of International Journal of Food Engineering. In 2015, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th International Congress of Engineering and Foods (Quebec, Canada), held once every 4 years since 1976. He is an Elected Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand since 2001; an Elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering since 2007. He is also a Fellow of IChemE (UK) and is a Senior Member of AIChE (USA). Most recently, he was awarded the university's very first Docteur Honoris Causa in the history of Agrocampus Ouest (France). Formerly and sequentially he held a Chair Professor at University of Auckland (New Zealand), a Chair Professor at Monash University (Australia), a Chair Professor at Xiamen University (China). By 2017, he has published over 524 refereed journal articles and more than 230 conference papers. He has delivered over 50 Plenary/Keynote/Invited Lectures worldwide. Published 3 books (the most recent one being Modelling Drying Processes – A Reaction Engineering Approach published by Cambridge University Press, 2013), authored or co-authored 22 book chapters and over 50 reports on industrial consulting projects. He was the Chairman of the 2012 International Drying Symposium (IDS Series) and has been given many awards. He has recently been appointed as Adjunct Professor at School of Biology and Basic Medical Science at Soochow University (2016). In addition, he has remained as the Adjunct Professors at Xiamen University and Monash University. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland. His research areas include biology inspired chemical engineering, food engineering, biotechnology, particle technology, spontaneous combustion and mathematical modelling of chemical engineering processes. He is an enthusiast of pop music, painting and applying chemical engineering science to analyse social behaviours.