Bassam Bamieh received his Electrical Engineering and Physics degree from Valparaiso University in 1983, and his M.Sc. and PhD degrees from Rice University in 1986 and 1992 respectively. During 1991-98 he was with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of California at Santa Barbara which he joined in 1998. His current research interests are in distributed systems, shear flow turbulence modeling and control, quantum control, micro-cantilevers modeling and control, and optical actuation via optical tweezers. He is a past receipient of the AACC Hugo Schuck best paper award, the IEEE CSS Axelby outstanding paper award, an NSF CAREER award, and is currently an associate editor of Systems and Control Letters.