Alex K.Y. Jen is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the UW. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984. His research centers on the design and synthesis of functional polymers for photonic and energy applications. Jen has been recognized as a Fellow by MRS, ACS, PMSE, OSA, SPIE, and AAAS, and has faculty appointments in Taiwan, China, and Korea. He was on the Board of Directors of the WA Technology Center and is a member of the WA Academy of Sciences. Jen is currently the Lee Shau-Kee Chair Professor of Materials Science and Chair Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science of the City University of Hong Kong, having served as Provost from 2016 to 2020.