Azer Yalin is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his BSc in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University, and Masters and PhD degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. After his PhD he held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University. He conducts research in the areas of laser diagnostics and sensing, with application to air quality, combustion and plasma. Dr. Yalin has more than 50 journal publications, 100 conference proceedings and presentations, and 4 patents in these research areas. He is a senior member of the Optical Society of America and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.