Marcelo Martins Werneck was born in PetrÃ³polis, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He received a degree in Electronic Engineering from the PontifÃcia Universidade CatÃ³lica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1975 and a M.Sc. degree from the Biomedical Engineering Program at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, in 1977. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Sussex, Brighton,U.K., in 1985. Currently, he is a Lecturer and Researcher at UFRJ, where he has been since 1978, and he is the coordinator of the Instrumentation and Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering Program of UFRJ. His research interests include fiber optics, sensors, transducers, and instrumentation.