Dr. Beyene is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University
He earned his doctorate degree from Warsaw University of Technology in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, specializing in jet engines. He joined SDSU in 1989. His research interests include thermodynamics and renewable energy, with emphasis on modeling and experimental analyses. His invention, a flexible wind turbine blade, has been received enthusiastically across the world, reported by Science in February 2017. He has attracted close to $10 million dollars in grants to SDSU. He has published over 120 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and proceedings.
Dr. Beyene has received several awards for his scholarship, including Distinguished faculty - Monty Award, Outstanding Faculty Award of SDSU, Outstanding contribution from Department of Energy, Energy Developer of the Year by Association of Energy Engineers, ASME’s Best Paper Award, and many others. He has chapters including two in well-known books: Handbook of Mechanical Engineering and Mark’s Handbook. He is Fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is Associate editor of ASME’s Journal of Energy Resources and Technology, Guest editor of Journal of Applied Energy, Guest editor of Energy - the International Journal, Guest editor of Journal of Energies, and partakes in many other editorials. He has delivered several invited and keynote speeches. At SDSU, he serves as Director of the sustainable Energy Center.