Richard Perez directs solar energy research at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of the George Washington University’s Solar Institute, and has served multiple terms on the board of ASES and as associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced over 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. He holds two US patents on energy storage and load management using photovoltaics. He has received several international awards including a Certificate for Outstanding Research from the USDOE, ASES highest award: the Charles Greeley Abbot Award; and the First International Building and Daylight Award from the Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden (Velux Foundation, Copenhagen Denmark). In November 2015, he was awarded the Internationl Solar Energy Society’s highest distinction: the Farrington Daniels Award, for outstanding contributions in science, technology and engineering of solar energy applications which lead to enhancing our world and the conditions of human kind.