Dr. Adil Hassam is a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (Plasma Physics). Dr. Hassam received BS and MS degrees in physics from MIT in 1974 and a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University in 1978. Since then he has been a member of the Institute for Plasma Research at the University of Maryland. He is acknowledged as an expert in dissipative magnetohydrodynamics. His research has ranged from laboratory and fusion plasmas to magnetospheric and solar plasmas, using both analytic and numerical methods. His current interests are in MHD simulations and in innovation in fusion research. He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications. He has been honored twice as a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland.