Raissa D’Souza is Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, as well as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Her research focuses on mathematical models of self-organization, phase transitions, and the structure and function of networked systems. Her publications span the fields of statistical physics, theoretical computer science and applied math, and appear in journals such as Science, PNAS, Nature Physics, and Physical Review Letters. Raissa received a PhD in Statistical Physics from MIT in 1999, then was a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories, and later at Microsoft Research. She currently serves on the editorial board of several international mathematics and physics journals and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. When not pursuing research ideas, she can typically be found outside, either scaling rocks or sailing.