Professor Steven Ringel holds the Neal A. Smith Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University, where he is also director of the Institute for Materials Research. Professor Ringel joined the Ohio State faculty in 1991. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Tech. His research interests include electronic materials, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, molecular beam epitaxy, compound semiconductors, nanostructures, defect and interfaces, and optoelectronic integrated circuits. Along with his students and postdocs, he has published more than 200 technical articles and proceedings. He also has edited several books in the broad area of electronic materials and devices, with a specialization in photovoltaics and related disciplines. He has received numerous research awards and was named a National Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1994. He serves on a number of professional society committees in the areas of electronic materials, space power, and devices. Professor Ringel is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also committed to entrepreneurial activities and is a co-founder of several semiconductor technology companies.