Shashank Priya is the associate vice president for research and director of strategic initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at Penn State. He previously was the Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Director for Research at the Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science, Virginia Tech. His research focuses on the areas related to multifunctional materials, energy, and bioinspired systems. He has published more than 350 journal papers and more than 60 conference proceedings, five book chapters, five US patents, and five edited books. He is the founder and chair of the Annual Energy Harvesting Workshop series and founding president of the Energy Harvesting Society. He serves as the member of the Honorary Chair Committee for the International Workshop on Piezoelectric Materials and Applications. His awards include the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research (2014), Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (2013), Turner Fellowship (2012), Dean’s Research Excellence Award (2011), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award.