Dr. Gong Chen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gannon University, received his B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University in China and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S. Thereafter, at Sunpower Inc., he led the research and development of novel thermal-cycle engines and coolers and engine-heat pump coupled linear systems. He joined GE Transportation in 1994 and made significant technical contributions to developing efficient and low-emission medium-speed high-power diesel engines, from concept development, critical components design, prototype construction and testing, to product manufacturing implementation. Dr. Chen joined faculty of mechanical engineering of Gannon University in 2001 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2005. With his teaching and research areas including combustion engines, thermal-cycle machines, and thermal and energy systems at Gannon, he has continued his contribution to analysis, design, optimization and development of mechanical-thermal systems and combustion engines, and has developed and offered a number of new high quality undergraduate and graduate engineering courses. As a recognized expert in mechanical-thermal systems, he continued to serve as a consultant to industry including General Electric on thermal engine development issues. He is a recipient of numerous research, teaching and service awards, including the ASME-ICE Division Citation Award in 2002 for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions in Mechanical Engineering. He served Co-Chair of the Local Arrangement Committee for the ASME-ICED & RTD 2003 Joint Fall Technical Conference. Dr. Chen is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has nearly 40 technical publications and is an inventor for 11 issued U.S. Patents.