Daya Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He has been an academic staff member at UCT since 1979, and served as dean of the Faculty of Science over the period 1999-2005. His research is concerned with the mathematical analysis and computational solution of problems arising in the mechanics of solids and fluids. Reddy is a founding member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and was elected ASSAf president in October 2012. He is also a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering, of the African Academy of Sciences, of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and of the International Association of Computational Mechanics.