Dr. Hersam is the Founder & chief Scientific Officer of Volexion, Inc., and the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Center at Northwestern University. He also holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Applied Physics, Medicine, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr. Hersam has extensive experience overseeing large-scale research and development efforts including his current research group that consists of ~40 graduate students and postdoctoral research associates and ~$3 million in annual research expenditures. Dr. Hersam has received several honors including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, TMS Robert Lansing Hardy Award, AVS Peter Mark Award, MRS Outstanding Young Investigator, U.S. Science Envoy, and MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Hersam is the co-founder of NanoIntegris, which is a commercial supplier of nanoelectronic materials, and an elected member of the National Academy of Inventors. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1996, M.Phil. in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1997, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2000.