John F. Rabolt is currently the Karl W. and Renate Boer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware where he also holds a position as an Associated Faculty in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute. Before joining the University of Delaware in 1996 as Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Professor Rabolt was a Research Staff Member (1977-96) at the IBM Almaden Research Center where he served as a Co-Director of the NSF Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA), a Stanford/IBM/UC-Davis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. His research interests lie in the area of polymer deformation and orientation, electrospinning, organic thin films, IR/Raman spectroscopy and biomolecular materials. He received the Bomem-Michelson Award in Molecular Spectroscopy in 2000 and previously received the 1993 Ellis Lippincott Award in Vibrational Spectroscopy, the 1992 Louis A. Strait Award in Applied Spectrosopy, the 1990 Williams-Wright Award in Molecular Spectrosopy and the 1985 Coblentz Award. In addition to serving as Chair of 3 Gordon Conferences (Organic Thin Films-1996. Polymers (West)-1990 and Vibrational Spectrocopy-1990), J. Rabolt is an APS Fellow and also served as an Associate Editor of the ACS Journal, MACROMOLECULES from 1991-2001. He is currently a Member of the Gordon Research Conference’s Scheduling and Selection Committee and NASA’s Microgravity Materials Science Advisory Committee. Professor Rabolt has co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications, 1 book and 6 patents.