Dr. Tao received his B. Eng. (2006), M.Sc. (2009), and Ph.D. (2014) in optics/optoelectronic from Shandong University, Fudan University, and the University of Central Florida, respectively. He was a visiting scholar at Chinese Academy of Science (2007-2008), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012) and an infrared material engineer at LightPath Technologies (2012-2013). He is a Sr. Research Scientist at CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics since 2014. He has also served as referee for 20+ journals in optics, physics, chemistry, and materials. He has been awarded several scholarships/honors from Optical Society of America (OSA), the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), and was awarded the Extraordinary Potential Prize winner of Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2013). He has years of research experience in optical sciences and engineering in academia, industry, and government institutes with expertise in the areas of infrared material, infrared fiber, in-fiber nano-fabrication, and advanced functional fibers and textiles. He has also been the session chair of multiple international conferences. He will serve as the organizer and session chair of MRS Spring 2017 (Symposium SM2: Advanced multifunctional fibers and textiles) at Phoenix, AZ, USA and the organizer and session chair of the conference of Materials Science and Technology 2017 (Symposium: Glass Composites) at Pittsburg, PA, USA. Dr. Tao is also the cofounder of Lambda Photonics LLC, a startup company which developed out of his Ph.D. work.