Prof. T. Venkatesan is currently the Director of the Nano Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUSNNI) where he is a Professor of ECE, Physics, MSE and NGS. He wore various hats at Bell Labs and Bellcore for about 17 years before becoming a Professor at University of Maryland for another 17 years. As the inventor of the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) process, he has over 710 papers and 30 patents in Oxide thin films (citations of ~40,000 with a hirsch Index of 100-Google Scholar). He has graduated over 40 PhDs, 25 Post Docs and over 50 undergraduates. He is also the founder and Chairman of Neocera, a company specializing in PLD and magnetic field imaging systems. Close to 10 of the researchers (PhD students and Post Docs) under him have become entrepreneurs starting over 17 different commercial enterprises. He is a Fellow of the APS, winner of the Bellcore Award of excellence, Guest Professor at Tsinghua University, Winner of the George E. Pake Prize awarded by APS (2012), President’s gold medal of the Institute of Physics Singapore, Academician of the Asia Pacific Academy of Materials, Fellow of the World Innovation Forum, was a member of the Physics Policy Committee, the Board of Visitors at UMD and the Chairman, Forum of Industry and Applications of Physics at APS. He was awarded the outstanding alumnus award from two Indian Institute of Technologies- Kharagpur and Kanpur, India.