I am a Full Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (South Dakota Mines) and I have been director of the university’s Composite and Polymer Engineering since 2010. I also lead the CNAM-Biomaterials Center, launched in 2018, which focuses on the biosynthesis, processing, and characterization of microbial biopolymers, and on advanced manufacturing of bio-composites. My research activities involve the study of process-structure-property relationships in polymer-based materials, including multifunctional composites and nanocomposites for a wide range of applications in areas such as energy storage, lightweight protective materials, and sustainable industrial/agricultural/consumer bioproducts. I am the editor of the book “Structure Formation in Polymeric Fibers” and, in addition to more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, I have 11 issued US patents, and several international patents. I am a Chartered Physicist (UK), and I am the recipient of the Fiber Society Award for Distinguished Achievement in Fiber Science and the 2021 South Dakota Economic Development Award. I teach the core Nanoscience and nanoengineering graduate course in Nano Materials, as well as undergraduate courses in polymer processing and composites manufacturing.