Adil Hassam is 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 Research in Electronics and Applied Physics at the University of Maryland. His research has ranged from laboratory and fusion plasmas to magnetospheric and solar plasmas. His current interests are in ideal and dissipative MHD and in innovation in fusion research. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Physics and an Honorable Mention for the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served as President of the University Fusion Association (2003-4).