Thomas R. Shrout received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ceramic science from Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA, in 1976 and 1981, respectively.,He was with Sprague Electric Company and AVX Company. Then, he joined the Pennsylvania State University as a Faculty Member. He is currently an Emeritus Professor with the Pennsylvania State University. He has authored or co-authored over 400 papers in the area of electronic single crystals and ceramics with an emphasis on processing property relationship. He holds 20 patents.,Dr. Shrout was a recipient of the Ikeda Memorial Award in Ferroelectrics in 2005, the IEEE Ferroelectrics Recognition Award in 2006, and the Electroceramics Bridge Building Award in 2009. He was a Distinguished Lecturer (IEEE-UFFC) from 2007 to 2008. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and IEEE-UFFC. He was a senior VP of ferroelectrics, IEEE UFFC from 2006 to 2009.