Claudio Faccenna is Full Professor at the Dept. of Science of the University of Roma TRE and Chair of Structural Geology at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, at the University of Texas at Austin. Trained as a structural geologist, he focused his research on tectonics and geodynamics, studying subduction, mountain building, and more in general, the connection between mantle convection, and surface deformation. He is presently working on mechanism of mountain building and dynamic topography, merging geological and geophysical data with modelling. Author of more than 200 papers, he is serving as editor of G-Cubed.