Michael Shur received MSEE (with honors) from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, and PhD and Dr. Sc. Degrees from A. F. Ioffe Institute. He is Patricia W and C. Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics and Director of the Broadband Center at RPI. Dr. Shur is Fellow of IEEE, OSA, SPIE, IET, APS (life), ECS, WIF, MRS, AAAS, and member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, ASEE, elected member and former Chair of URSI US Commission D of, life member of IEEE MTT, Sigma Xi, and Humboldt Society, Editor-in-Chief of IJHSES, Board Member of physica status solidi, Member of the Honorary Board of Solid State Electronics and JSTS International Advisory Committee, Vice-President of IEEE Sensor Council, and Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE EDS. He is co-founder and VP of SET, Inc. His awards include iNEER Award for contribution to long distance education, Tibbetts Award for technology commercialization, St. Petersburg Technical University Honorary Doctorate, IEEE Donald Fink Award, IEEE Kirchmayer Award, Gold Medal of Russian Education Ministry, Best Paper Awards, van der Ziel Award, Senior Humboldt Award, Pioneer Award, RPI Research Award, and Commendation for Excellence in Technical Communications. He is a Foreign Member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.