Dr. Asfaw Beyene is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University. His research areas are thermodynamics and energy conversion. He has secured over $10 million dollars in grants and published over 140 reviewed articles in various journals, proceedings, and books including chapters in the Handbook of Mechanical Engineering and Mark’s Handbook. Dr. Beyene has received recognitions for his scholarship, including distinguished faculty award. He is Fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served OSA in various capacities including as a President and Board Chair.