Jacek M. Zurada received his MS and PhD degrees (with distinction) in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland. His 2-years post-doctoral training was with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. Since 1989 he has been a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He has published over 420 journal and conference papers in neural networks, deep learning, computational intelligence, data mining, image processing and VLSI circuits. He also has authored or co-authored three books, including the pioneering text Introduction to Artifical Neural Systems, co-edited the volumes Computational Intelligence: Imiatating Life, Knowledge-Based Neurocomputing, and co-edited twenty volumes in Springer Lecture Notes on Computer Science. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Northeastern, Auburn, and at foreign universities in Australia, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa and Taiwan. His work has been cited 11,700 times (4/2018, Google Scholar). In addition to his pioneering neural networks textbook, his most recognized achievements include extension of complex-valued neurons to associative memories and percepton networks; sensitivity concepts applied to multilayer neural networks; application of networks to clustering, biomedical image classification and drug dosing; blind sources separation; and rule extraction as a tool for prediction of protein secondary structure. His other contributions include "lambda" learning rule of perceptron and invention of a switching hysteresis phenomena of NMOS and CMOS logic gates. His honors include the 1993 Presidential Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, 1997 Polish Ministry of National Education Award, 1999 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal, and the 2001 Presidential Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession. He is a Distinguished Speaker of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernytics Sociaty and IEEE life fellow. In 2003 he was conferred the Title of National Professor by the President of Poland. In 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2012 respectively, he received Honorary Professorships from Hebei University, from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, Sichuan University, Chengdu, and from the Chinese University of Petroleum in Qingdao, all in China. In 2015, he received an Honorary Professor title from Obuda university, Budapest, Hungary. Since 2005 he is a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Science, and served as a Senior Fulbright Specialist in 2006-12.Dr. Jacek M. Zurada is candidate for 2019 President-Elect (2020 IEEE president).