Dr. Ashish Aphale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining KSU, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering of University of Connecticut (UConn). At UConn he worked on development of materials for clean energy power systems. The focus of his research is to develop mechanistic understanding of materials degradation under systems operating condition in wide area of applications. He is currently serving as a guest editor for Polymer journal for a special issue on "Structure-Property-Function Relation of Multifunctional Polymer Nanocomposites". He has published over 30 research articles and presented in several conferences of national and international repute. He enjoys playing ping pong, badminton, and cricket. He loves to hike during free time. He and his wife Jui are blessed with a daughter, Aadya.