Dr. Mohammed El Damir is a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) with research, commercial, industrial, technical, outreach, training, and academic experiences in pest management and entomology-related works. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont (UVM) specializing in Entomology. His research focused on the biological control agents of insects as part of a comprehensive integrated pest management program (IPM). Besides his well- versed skills in IPM techniques, Dr. El Damir has several years of experience in the structural pest control industry as well as the pest management in food processing and handling facilities. Currently, he works as the technical and training director for Adam’s Pest Control, Inc. His duties include developing written field pest management procedures and providing identification of insects and other arthropods for company technicians and the public. He provides training to company personnel, speaks at trade conferences, and is part of Minnesota planning committee for a state re-licensing conference of pest management professionals. He developed procedures for eradicating bed bugs from private and commercial properties and for management of significantly important urban, public health and industrial pests. Dr. El Damir has a broad leadership experience. For example, he was a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Pest Management Association (MPMA) for several years and the president of this association in 2010. Also, he has been appointed as an active member in the commercial division of the National Pest Management Association since 2007. Dr. El Damir is a member of the Minnesota Bed Bug Advisory committee.