Robert McLeod is the Richard & Joy Dorf Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering. He received his BS Summa Cum Laude in 1984 and MS in 1985 from Montana State University in Bozeman and his PhD in 1995 from the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in optical switching and computing. He has held research and management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Siros Technologies (an optical data storage startup) and JDS Uniphase, where he was a director of engineering. His research group specializes in the interaction of light and soft materials with applications to nano-lithography, 3D printing, computational imaging, regenerative medicine, integrated optics and high performance optical elements. His work has been recognized with the NSF CAREER Award, the Intel Outstanding Researcher and 12 best paper awards to his graduate students. He serves as a topical editor for the journal Optics Letters. He is former department chair of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and current director of the Materials Science & Engineering Program at CU Boulder.