Dr. Adrian Lenardic teaches modeling and design, visualizing nature, and planetary science at Rice University. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia (and rarely misses a Croatian soccer match). His BSc is from UW-Madison, where he was an art major before switching to physics. His PhD is from UCLA, where he was introduced to planetary science (as well as surfing). He was a president’s postdoctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley (in his snowboard days) before coming to Rice. Adrian’s scientific research relates to understanding interactions between the Earth’s interior and surface environment, model development, and multiple tangent meanderings. He is part of a first prize winning art-car team and the recipient of the mayor’s award, from the Jamail skate park, for the most improved skateboarder over 30.