Francesco Tombesi is an astrophysicist at NASA/GSFC and assistant research scientist at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Maryland, College Park. His main research topic is the study of super-massive black holes in active galactic nuclei (AGN) through X-ray observations collected from orbiting satellites. In particular, he investigates the origin of black hole driven winds, such as the powerful ultra-fast outflows (UFOs), and their feedback on the AGN host galaxies. Dr. Tombesi is a member of the science teams of the upcoming large X-ray observatories ASTRO-H (launch date February 2016) and Athena (launch date in 2028). He has been awarded several prizes, among which the 2014 "Early Career Research Scientist Prize for Excellence” of the Dept. of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park and the “2014 NASA Astrophysics Science Division Peer Award”.