Edmund G. Seebauer is James W. Westwater Professor and Head of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has served on the faculty since 1988. Seebauer’s research focuses on defect engineering with applications in nanoscale systems and devices. He has received a Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry and an Inventor Recognition Award from Semiconductor Research Corporation, and is currently a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society. Seebauer has approximately 160 journal and conference publications, and has co-authored a book on charged defects in semiconductors. He has received several awards for student teaching and advising, and has served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He has organized conference programming for several professional societies, and is currently Program Chair for the Materials Science and Engineering Division within AIChE. He also serves on multiple external advisory boards for chemical engineering departments.