Alec D. Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering and Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering. He was formerly Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education from 2011 to 2013 and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering from 2014 to 2016. He is a member of the Applied Physics graduate program, and from 2005 to 2011, Professor Gallimore served as an Associate Dean at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies where he was the Graduate School liaison to Michigan’s graduate programs in engineering, the physical sciences, and mathematics. Professor Gallimore’s primary research interests include electric propulsion, plasma diagnostics, space plasma simulation, electrode physics, nano-particle energetics and hypersonic aerodynamics/plasma interaction. In our conversation, we talk about Professor Gallimore’s youth and early career, including his early dream to be an astronaut, his passion for justice and building a culture of inclusivity at Michigan, and the people who have had the most positive impact on his life.