Eric McFarland studied Nuclear Engineering and received B.S. and M.S. degrees from U.C. Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from MIT. He also studied medicine and received his M.D. from Harvard and completed post-graduate training in general surgery. McFarland joined the Nuclear Engineering faculty at MIT where his research moved from nuclear science to use of nuclear phenomena for non-destructive materials and measurement of chemical reaction kinetics and chemical analysis. In 1991 he moved to the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara in the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department. McFarland has always worked closely with industry on problems related to energy and chemical production and he has held management positions in several companies related to his University research. During several leaves of absence, he has given service to industry including as a director of Symyx Technologies and as CEO of Gas Reaction Technologies. McFarland recently returned to UCSB from a two-year position as the founding Director of the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation and Dow Chemical Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia.