**Nabil Nassif** has a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the Ecole Centrale de Paris, followed by a Master's and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He is Professor in the Mathematics Department at the American University of Beirut where he teaches and conducts research in Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. Professor Nassif has held several visiting positions in France, Switzerland, USA and Sweden.

**Sophie Moufawad** has a BS in Mathematics, a Teaching Diploma and a Masters degree in Computational Science from the American University of Beirut. She is now completing her Doctorate in Computer Science at the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), Paris, France. Her research interests lie in Applied Linear Algebra, Parallel Programming and High Performance Computing.