David D. Awschalom received his B.Sc. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in experimental physics from Cornell University. He was a Research Staff member and Manager of the Nonequilibrium Physics Department at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. In 1991 he joined the University of California-Santa Barbara as a Professor of Physics, and in 2001 was additionally appointed as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is presently Director of the Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation in the Institute for Quantum Engineering, Science, and Technology (iQUEST). His group has active research activities in optical and magnetic interactions in semiconductor quantum structures, spin dynamics and coherence in condensed matter systems, macroscopic quantum phenomena in nanometer-scale magnets, and implementations of quantum computation in the solid state. He has developed a variety of femtosecond-resolved spatiotemporal spectroscopies and micromagnetic sensing techniques aimed at exploring charge and spin motion in the quantum domain. This research has been presented in over 200 scientific publications, and has appeared on the covers of Nature, Science, Physics Today, IEEE Spectrum, and Scientific American. Professor Awschalom received an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, and the Outstanding Investigator Prize from the Materials Research Society. He was the Wohlfarth Prize Lecturer, and will be the Ida Bean Distinguished Visiting Professor and the Norman Hascoe Distinguished Lecturer in 2003. Dr. Awschalom is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.