Asfaw Beyene, Ph.D.

College of Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Beyene’s research focuses on energy systems: renewables, efficient power sources with emphasis on combined heat and power applications, cycle and energy analyses, mathematical modeling, and simulation. He has won numerous grants from US Department of Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric, California Energy Commission, Oakridge National Lab, University City Science Center, Lockheed Martin, California Institute for Energy Efficiency, and Southern California Edison Co.

Kim Finley, Ph.D.

College of Sciences

Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center

Research Professor of Molecular Biology


Dr. Finley’s research interests include protein aggregate formation linked to aging, autophagic and endosomal defects employing genetic, biochemical and imaging techniques, as well as identification and cloning of autophagic/lysosomal genes. She has developed qualitative (lifespan, confocal, TEM) and quantitative (Western, qRT-PCR) assays to assess age- and stress-related neural defects that involve macroautophagy. The National Institute on Aging supports her work.

Ed Balsdon, Ph.D.

College of Arts & Letters

Associate Dean of Graduate and Research Affairs

Associate Professor of Economics


Dr. Balsdon studies the valuation of public goods, natural amenities, and risks from observed behavior in markets, field experiments, and the ballot box. His work has appeared in the Journal of Urban Economics, the National Tax Journal, and Land Economics, among others. He’s currently performing economic analyses related to flood risk in conjunction with a grant from UC Irvine.