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Lionel C. Kimerling is the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. He is the founding Director of the MIT Microphotonics Center where he conducts an active research program in the design and processing of semiconductor materials and devices. He was Head of the Materials Physics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories, when he joined the faculty of MIT as Professor in 1990. He has authored more than 350 technical articles and more than 50 patents. He leads the MIT-‐Industry team of the Communication Technology Roadmap. Kimerling is the recipient of the 1995 Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society, the 1996 MIT Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising, the 1997 Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award and the 1999 John Bardeen Award of TMS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the AAAS, a Fellow of TMS, a Fellow of MRS and a Fellow of the School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo. His research has had fundamental impact on understanding of the chemical and electrical properties of defects in semiconductors and in the use of this knowledge for processing yield and component reliability His research teams have enabled long-‐lived telecommunications lasers, developed semiconductor diagnostic methods such as DLTS, SEM-‐EBIC and RF-‐PCD, and pioneered silicon microphotonics.