Nina H. Fefferman, PhD is the Director of the Mathematical Modeling Consulting Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is also a Professor in both the Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics. Her research uses mathematical modeling to explore the behavior, evolution, and control of complex systems with application in areas from basic science (evolutionary sociobiology and epidemiology) to deployable technology (bio-security, cyber-security, and wildlife conservation). Fefferman has been an active member the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), and the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. She has served on scientific advisory boards for the EPA, Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), and Los Alamos National Laboratories and regularly consults to governmental agencies and private companies. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, DHS, DoD, USFWS, and USDA. Fefferman is passionate about disease prevention and public health, and about communicating the utility and beauty of mathematics as a tool to make people’s lives better.