Dr. A. Carlos Fernandez-Pello is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering of the Graduate School at the University of California Berkeley. He received degrees of Doctor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Madrid, Spain, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California, San Diego. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University and a Research Fellow at Princeton University. He joined U.C. Berkeley in 1980 where he was Associate Dean of the Graduate Division and Maynard Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, a Fellow of the Combustion Institute and of the ASME International. He has over forty years of experience in the field of combustion with career research projects funded by NASA, NSF, NIST DOE, DOD, DA. Recent research includes material flammability in earth and spacecraft environments and wildland spot fire ignition. He is co-author of the book Fundamental of Combustion Processes and has over 250 peer reviewed publications in technical journals, and 6 book chapters on material flammability and microscale power generation.