Placidus Amama is currently a professor of chemical engineering and Tim Taylor Chair at Kansas State University. He earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Yokohama National University (Japan), followed by postdoctoral research at Yale and Purdue universities. Before joining the faculty at K-State, he was a research scientist at AFRL. His research focuses on nanocarbon materials and environmental catalysis. Amama served a full term as director; if given the opportunity to serve again, he plans to use his experience and knowledge to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of GPCS.