<P>SUMMER 201426 I came to Texas State University because I saw numerous opportunities here. These include growth in my own area of expertise, but I also recognize the essential role of strong collaborations in science. In the past I have enjoyed working with many outstanding scientists and engineers. I believe this good fortune will continue at Texas State due to several key factors. There is great synergy with diverse research interests on campus presenting new prospects for scienti?c advancement, a progressive view on how to build the research strengths across the institution, and expanding capabilities for materials science. The new Ph.D. program in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization is also very exciting and aligns with many of my own feelings about graduate education. When asked to pick the greatest challenge or achievement in my education, it is a tough call as there are many demands and rewards in academics, but being a ?rst-generation college graduate, and the ?rst in my family to become a scientist, is a source of pride. Many of my family members were technically minded, but the trend was always toward business. In high school, when I decided that I wanted to major in physics, my family was very supportive, even if they did not know the rami?cations of this trajectory. It is a tribute to them that they supported my choice, and it gives me a perspective for helping others who pursue a passion that differs from the norms of their family culture. I would like students to take away clear understanding of physical concepts. At the introductory level, I want students to appreciate how relevant and applicable physics can be and the ?rst step in that is a clear picture of fundamental physics. At the advanced level, it is important for students to see that fundamental physics continues to grow, apparently without boundaries, and is the foundation of technical advancement. This connection is vital in the applied areas of research where I work. I think the most important goal of research is to produce new knowledge and understanding. In my own area, that corresponds to a better understanding of how materials properties in?uence their electronic, optical, vibrational and thermal attributes. The latter, thermal properties of materials, poses a major challenge for the future. The major objectives are to determine, understand and control heat transfer in electronics and photonics since it is a major limiting factor in device performance, particularly at the nanoscale. At Texas State, I hope to conduct research that furthers these objectives. In my one year at Texas State I have been impressed by the dedication to progress. This is evident at all levels of the university. People have good spirit about their work and that makes it a very pleasant place to be. Prospective students and faculty need to know there are amazing opportunities here and they have support to avail themselves of these prospects. In high school, when I decided that I wanted to major in physics, my family was very supportive, even if they did not know the rami?cations of this trajectory. Mark Holtz, Ph.D. | Dept. of Physics University Chair in Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a 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