After earning his Doctorate in Physics and a stint in a communication research laboratory, Professor Federico 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. Prof. Capasso and his collaborators invented the quantum cascade laser (QCL) and he has led the development of high performance QCLs for over two decades 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 in 2004, and the King Faisal Prize for Physics in 2005, the Berthold Leibinger Zukunft Prize in 2010. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Physical Society and the International Society of Optical Engineering. He co-founded Eos Photonics and is an active board member and a scientific advisor to Pendar Technologies.