Dr. Xiaodong Zhang is a Professor at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Shandong University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the USA and in Canada. He has worked as an outstanding researcher, teacher and an emerging leader in research, teaching, leadership, and professional services toward sustainability at the Los Alamos National Laboratory of the University of Texas at Austin, USA, Environment Canada and the University of Regina, Canada. As a pioneer in addressing sustainability issues, Dr. Zhang has made significant contributions to development and application of systems-analysis, machine learning and data-driven methods, models, and technologies for sustainable management of environmental, water resources and energy concerns under climate change and the resulting complex uncertainties. He has a strong record of publications with outstanding quality and quantity in top peer-reviewed journals, including Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Water Research, and Advances in Water Resources. He is a leader and coordinator for many major research projects with high quality of leadership. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology and the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, and as an Editorial Board Member of Environmental Modelling & Software, Scientific Reports and Water. He is a Review Panelist and Reviewer for grant proposals for the National Science Foundation in USA, Canada and China. He is, furthermore, a primary convener and session chair for many international conferences including the AGU Fall Meeting, and an active member of many scientific committees and societies, including ASCE. He has won a number of international and national awards and honors.