Chih-Kang Shih is a Professor of Physics in the Condensed Matter Physics Department at the University of Texas. He received his Ph.D. in 1988 at Stanford University. He was a postdoctoral researcher at IBM Watson Research Center until 1990 when he joined the University of Texas as an Assistant Professor. He became a full Professor in 2000. His research interests include ultrathin film growth, quantum phenomena in low-dimensional electronic systems, optical spectroscopy, and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures.