J. Ping Liu received the Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. For the past four decades he has worked in research and development of permanent magnets and related magnetic materials in China, Europe, and the U.S. His recent research has been focused on hard magnetic nanoparticles, thin films, and bulk nanocomposites, as reported in his more than 320 peer-reviewed journal papers, review articles, and books, including Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, (Springer, 2009), Skyrmions: Topological Structures, Properties, and Applications (CRC Press, 2016), and Permanent Magnets: The History and Future (Science Press, 2020). He has supervised more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the IEEE. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 25th International Workshop on Rare-Earth and Future Permanent Magnets and Their Applications in 2018.