Bio: Venkattraman Ayyaswamy is currently an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Merced. He leads a group with interests in the broad area of non-continuum fluid mechanics and plasma science and engineering. His group has developed SOMAFOAM, which is a free and open source software (FOSS) for fluid modeling of low-temperature plasmas. An aerospace engineer by training, he received his PhD in Aero & Astro from Purdue University in 2012 after receiving his Master’s (also from Purdue) in 2009. Prior to coming to the US for graduate education, he got his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in 2007. Before his current position, he held visiting faculty appointments at Purdue as well as IIT Madras. He also spent a summer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab during his graduate school. Venkatt is a recipient of the Hellman Foundation Fellowship, Ramanujan Fellowship (by the Department of Science and Technology (India)), Purdue’s finalist for the Chorafas Foundation Awards, Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as a Young Engineer Fellowship from the Indian Institute of Science.