Sungho Jin joined the UCSD faculty in July 2002 after a long and illustrious career at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies. He is the first holder of the Kazuo Iwama Endowed Chair for Materials Science, endowed by Sony, and he is a fellow of the Materials Research Society. Jin was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, and most recently was a technical manager in Bell Labs’ Applied Materials and Metallurgy Group. He earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 1974 from UC Berkeley, then worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory before joining Bell Labs in 1976. Jin has authored more than 220 technical publications which have been widely read (5000+ citations). In 1989, Business Week magazine selected him as one of the Top Ten Innovative Scientists in the country.