Dr. John Ballato is a professor of materials science and engineering (MSE) at Clemson University where he also directs the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET). He earned a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering (1993) and the Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering (1997) from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Ballato has published more than 250 archival scientific papers, holds 25 U.S. and foreign patents, has given in excess of 140 invited lectures/colloquia, and has co-organized 25 national and international conferences and symposia. Among other honors, he is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS).