Professor Asta received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. He subsequently joined Sandia National Laboratories, where he was a postdoctoral researcher and then senior member of technical staff. In 2000 he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University as an Associate Professor, receiving tenure in 2003. In 2005 he moved to the University of California, Davis, as a full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, where he became Vice Chair in 2008. In 2010 he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), with a Faculty Scientist appointment at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (LBNL). He served as Department Chair of MSE at UCB from July, 2012 – December, 2017, and Materials Sciences Division Director at LBNL from January, 2018 – December, 2022. He currently serves as the Executive Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at UCB.