Adama Tandia holds a Ph.D. degree in Applied Math/Applied Physics from Paul Sabatier University (France), and a Master Degree in the same field at University Paris XII Creteil (France). He worked as a Research Associate at Northwestern University (USA) in the department of Applied Math from February 1998 to November 2000 as a key member of a novel project for crystal growth using Level Set and Monte Carlo methods. He joined Corning Incorporated in December 2000 and led the optical fiber micro-bending modeling effort until June 2002. He then transferred to the department of Modeling & Simulation. Adama is currently involved in process optimization, materials modeling and design, and machine learning.