Santiago Bernal is an Associate Research Scientist in the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1999. He has been a leading experimentalist on the University of Maryland Electron Ring since joining IREAP. Dr. Bernal's research interests are beam and accelerator physics, all aspects of experimental physics of intense charged particles beams (instrumentation, diagnostics, computer simulations). He is also interested in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in general and in educational aspects of physics.