Since obtaining his Ph.D. in 1997, Dr. Meldrum has been working extensively on materials for nanotechnology and optics. Now a full professor at the University of Alberta, he has more than 160 refereed publications in physics, chemistry, and optics journals including Advanced Materials, Nature, Nanoletters, Physical Review Letters, Optics Express, and many others, and he holds two US patents. Dr. Meldrum has numerous invited presentations at conferences, both in Canada and internationally, has organized several major national and international research symposia. He has a citation H-index of 39 in condensed matter physics and optics. In addition to research awards such as the Petro-Canada “Young Innovator Award” in 2003 and the Mineralogical Association of Canada’s “Young Scientist Medal” in 2005, he has won numerous teaching awards from the students, faculty, and university, including the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which is the highest teaching award at the University of Alberta. In 2017 he was the first Graduate Student Mentoring Award winner from the Department of Physics. Dr. Meldrum currently holds a Vargo Teaching Chair and runs an optics and lasers lab and a transmission electron microscope lab at the University of Alberta. In 2017 Dr. Meldrum started a spin-off company, Grayflare Inc, which develops optical devices and materials.