Before joining the faculty of Washington University in 2005, Tao Ju earned his BA in English Language and BS in Computer Science from Tsinghua University, and his MS and PhD in Computer Science from Rice University. He conducts research in computer graphics, in particular the construction, processing and analysis of geometric models from real-world data. He also works extensively on applying geometric modeling to biomedicine. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, and has co-organized international conferences and workshops. He was a recipient of the Early Career Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation. Besides serving as the Ambassador to Tsinghua University, he also serves as the president of the Tsinghua Alumni Association in St.Louis.