|Michael Shur received the M.S.E.E. degree from the St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, the Ph.D. degree in mathematics and physics and D.Sc. degree (habilitation) in mathematics and physics from the A.F. Ioffe Institute of Physics and Technology. He is the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts Professor of Solid State Electronics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Shur is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, SPIE, and Fellow of OSA, SPIE, IET, AAAS, MRS, WIF, and ECS. He is Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of High-Speed Electronics and Systems. His awards include the Tibbetts Award for Technology Commercialization, Honorary Doctorates from the St. Petersburg Technical University and University of Vilnius, IEEE EDS Ebers Award, Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award, IEEE Donald Fink Award, IEEE Kirchmayer Award, Gold Medal of the Russian Ministry of Education, van der Ziel Award, Senior Humboldt Research Award, Pioneer Award, RPI Engineering Research Award, several Best Paper Awards, and Distinguished Lecturer awards from the IEEE EDS, MTT, and Sensors Council. He is Foreign Member of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.