Michael Stein graduated from MIT in 1980 with a B.S. in mathematics and received the M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford in 1982 and 1984. After spending a year at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he is now the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Statistics and the College. Most of Stein's research has been in the statistical analysis of spatial and spatial-temporal processes with applications to the environmental sciences. His current research focuses on statistical problems in climatology and meteorology.