Dan Botez has his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published more the 470 papers of which 360 were peer-reviewed and holds 56 patents. He is a Fellow member of the IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA). As part of the IEEE centennial, he was chosen the Outstanding Young Engineer of the IEEE Photonics Society. In 1995 he was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa degree by the Polytechnical University of Bucharest, and in 2010 he received the OSA Nick Holonyak Jr. Award