Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo is Professor and Founding Director of the Program in Ocean Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and conducted postdoctoral work at UCLA from 2003-2004. Di Lorenzo is recognized as a world expert in large and regional-scale Pacific Ocean dynamics and climate. Throughout his career he has served in several leadership role for international organizations such as CLIVAR, US CLIVAR, PICES, and ICES, where he led transdisciplinary efforts to understand the impacts of climate on marine and social-ecological systems. More recently in 2019, through a multi-institutional agreement between Georgia Tech, Stanford, MIT, Scripps, WHOI, Smithsonian, MBARI, UGA, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Georgia Aquarium, Di Lorenzo established Ocean Visions — an effort to transform and accelerate the transfer of science and engineering into solutions for the ocean’s grand challenges. Di Lorenzo currently serves as Founding Chairman for Ocean Visions.