John Ballato received the B.S. degree in ceramic science and engineering and the Ph.D. degree in ceramic and materials engineering, both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. He is currently a professor of materials science and engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, where he is the inaugural holder of the Sirrine Endowed Chair in Optical Fiber. He has published nearly 400 technical papers and holds 34 U.S. and foreign patents. Among numerous other honors, his collaborative work on Anderson-localizing optical fiber was chosen as one of the Physics World’s Top Ten Breakthroughs for 2014. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, SPIE, and American Ceramic Society (ACerS), as well as an elected member of the World Academy of Ceramics and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.