Dr. Ashok Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Dr. Dr. Kumar also served as the Director of Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC) and is also affiliated faculty member of Clean Energy Research Center (CER). Dr. Kumar holds 10 patents and has published 3 textbooks, edited 7 proceeding books, 3 invited review articles, 12 book chapters including 225 peer reviewed articles (approx. 125 journal articles and 97 conference proceeding articles) and has presented approximately 255 papers in regional and national conferences including 49 invited talks. His excellence as a researcher has been recognized by a number of honors, including ASM Fellow, ASME Fellow, AAAS Fellow, AIMBE Fellow, SME Fellow, ASM-IIM Visiting Lecture Award (2007), Theodore and Venette Askounes Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award (2006), USF Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2004), USF President Faculty Excellence Award (2003), NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award (2000), National Research Council Twining Fellowship Award (1997) and, NSF and DOE EPSCoR Young Investigator Awards (1996-97). He also received the Professor Honorario award from the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia (2009). He was also awarded the Outstanding Professor in 2013 from the University of South Florida.