Prof. Husam Alshareef obtained his BS degree in Ceramics Engineering from Alfred University, (Alfred, USA), and his MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He spent 2 years as postdoctoral associate at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, United States. He then embarked on a 10-year career in the semiconductor industry, holding positions at Micron Technology and Texas Instruments, Inc. There he worked on developing new materials and processes for integrated circuit fabrication. In 2009 he joined King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) as Founding Professor, where he initiated an active research group focusing on emerging electronics and energy storage applications. The author of 320 articles, he has 75 issued patents, and over 200 international invited & contributed presentations. He has won numerous awards including the UNDP Undergraduate Fellowship, Seth Sprague Physics Award, North Carolina State University Dean’s Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education Electronic Materials Fellowship, Sandia National Laboratory post-doctoral Fellowship, the SEMATECH Corporate Excellence Award (2006), two DOW Sustainability Awards with his students in (2011) and (2014), and the AH Shoman Award for Excellence in Energy Research (2016). He was Chair of the 2014 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, USA, and has served on various MRS committees. He established the first MRS Student Chapter outside USA at KAUST. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Electronic Materials (2011-2013) and is on the Editorial Board of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Wiley's Small Methods. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Speaker in Nanotechnology and Senior Member of IEEE. His research has been featured in several media outlets. He was Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering program at KAUST from January 2013 till January 2016.