Michael E. Schlesinger has been researching climate and climatic change since 1973 when he worked at the Rand Corporation. He is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he directs the Climate Research Group within the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is an expert in the modeling, simulation and analysis of climate and climate change, with interests in simulating and understanding past, present and possible future climates, climate impacts and climate policy. Professor Schlesinger has directed NATO and other conferences in Italy, England and the United States; and has edited four books, most recently “Human-Induced Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Assessment” Dr. Schlesinger has contributed to many assessments of climate change, including those of the IPCC and the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. Professor Schlesinger is a member of Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group. He is an IPCC recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Meteorology, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.