J.V.R. Heberlein received the Diploma in Physics from the Technical University Stuttgart, Germany, and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1966 and 1975, respectively. From 1975 to 1989 he was at the Westinghouse R&D Center involved in a variety of plasma related applications, first as senior engineer in Power Interruption Research, then as manager of Lamp Research, Applied Plasma Research, and Nuclear and Radiation Technology. Since 1989 he has been at the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota working in the areas of plasma heat transfer, electrode effects, plasma instabilities and various plasma process developments, in particular for plasma deposition of special coatings and for nanoparticle synthesis. He has authored or co-authored more than 280 publications and 6 book chapters, and holds 12 patents. He was a member of the original University committee defining the Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements and has developed a short course for training graduate students in research ethics and professional practice.