Joseph Talghader obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1988. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship and studied at UC-Berkeley to obtain his M.S. and Ph.D. in 1993 and 1995, respectively, specializing in vertical-cavity lasers. During and after graduate school, he developed nonvolatile memory at Texas Instruments and Waferscale Integration. Dr. Talghader then joined the University of Minnesota, where he is now a Professor. His primary research areas are infrared detectors, optical coatings and materials, nanomechanical systems, and microsensors.