Dr. Maria Hepel is now a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemistry at State University of New York. She has received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland, founded in 1364. She worked as the Faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam from 1985 where she She has made over 400 presentations at the national and international symposia. Dr. Hepel has organized many symposia at the American Chemical Society, Electrochemical Society and International Society of Electrochemistry Meetings and has been the program chair of the 2010 North-East Regional Meeting of ACS. Dr. Hepel's current research interests include AFM and Raman Spectroscopy imaging, nanoparticles for medical applications, sensors for biomarkers of oxidative stress and cancer, supercapacitors, electrochromic devices and nanotechnology. She won the SUNY Potsdam President's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavor in 1995 and 2001, the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998 and SUNY Chancellor's Award for Research in 2003 and Northeast Region, ACS Award for Achievements in the Chemical Sciences in 2012, Rochester, NY.