Jonathan E. Spanier is Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, Physics, and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University, and Associate Dean of Engineering. He received his PhD from Columbia in applied physics in 2001, and after a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard he joined the faculty of Drexel. His current research interests span light-matter interactions in electronic materials, including the photo-physical, optoelectronic and electromagnetic properties of complex oxide materials, interfaces and surfaces, advanced dielectrics, and their film growth. Dr Spanier has received several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award. He was an Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow in 2010, and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Louis R Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in 2013. He was named a Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellow in 2013, and in 2014 he received a Japan Trust International Research Cooperation Fellowship from the National Institute for Communications Technologies. Dr Spanier was an invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering at UC Riverside in 2014, and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.