Dr. Ryszard Pryputniewicz is the K.G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which he joined in 1978. In addition, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micromechaTronics. Early in his career, he was a visiting professor and assistant professor-in-residence in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Orthodontics. A Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering, Dr. Pryputniewicz is also the current President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). In recognition of his seminal contributions in holography and photonics, he has received the WPI Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship; Best Paper of the Year award from ASME Transactions; SEM Murray Medal for his contributions in holographic metrology; European Double Swords Award for his contributions in photonics; and Dennis Gabor International Award for his work in photomechanics. He has authored or co-authored over 350 books, journal papers and conference proceedings to date.