Adam Steele is a Visiting Researcher in the Alternative Computing Group and a co-founder of zeroK Nanotech Corporation. He received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology under the guidance of Professor Michael Chapman. Adam's doctoral research focused on laser trapping and cooling of singly ionized barium and triply ionized thorium ions. He then worked as a CNST/UMD Postdoctoral Researcher in the Electron Physics Group developing a new type of ion microscope that uses photo-ionized, laser-cooled atoms as its source. He is currently working with Jabez McClelland under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) constructing a prototype of a low-temperature ion source, which utilizes the extremely cold temperatures attainable with laser cooling to produce a highly collimated, bright ion beam.