Shaya Fainman joined the UCSD faculty in July 1990, after teaching for two years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1983, he earned his Ph.D. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, where he won the Miriam and Aharon Gutvirt Prize in 1982. From 1983-88, Fainman was a post-doctoral researcher at UCSD. He has been a Fellow of the Optical Society of America since 1995, and has been a Topical Editor of the society’s Journal. He was also Editor of the International Journal on Optical Memory and Neural Networks. Fainman heads up UCSD’s Ultrafast and Nano-scale Optics Group.