After earning his Doctorate in Physics and a stint in a communication research laboratory, Professor Capasso joined Bell Laboratories in 1976. There, in addition to his research activities, Prof. Capasso held several management positions including Vice President of Physical Research. He joined Harvard University in 2003. Professor Capasso is a co-inventor of QCLs and has led the development of high performance QCLs for over a decade at Bell Laboratories and Harvard University. For his ground-breaking innovations in photonics, he has received numerous awards and honors including the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics (UK) in 1998, the Edison Medal, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in 2004, the American Physical Society Arthur Schawlow Prize in laser physics, and the King Faisal Prize for Physics in 2005. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He co-founded Eos Photonics and Pendar Technologies and is an active board member.