Dr. Tsokos was born near Kalavrita, Greece, and emigrated to America in his teens. He attended the Universities of Rhode Island and Connecticut, MIT, and Penn State. He has a doctorate in statistics and has taught at Rhode Island, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the University of South Florida, where he is currently on the faculty of the mathematics department and has been dissertation advisor for 30 doctoral students and advisor for more than 50 master's candidates. He has authored over 250 research and 35 technical articles, fifteen textbooks and monographs, and four chapters in books of research. His projects have earned grants of over a million dollars from the National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institute of Health, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army. He has also served as advisor and consultant to many government agencies as well as several Fortune 500 companies. He has served as officer of numerous professional organizations, co-edited three academic journals and monograph series, and served as associate editor of ten other journals. He founded and continues to shepherd the Urban Scholars program, which helps provide underprivileged youth with academic coaching and technology resources. He has been named a Distinguished Scholar at USF and has been recognized many times for his academic and humanitarian work.