Elsa Reichmanis is Professor and Pete Silas Chair in Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, she was Bell Labs Fellow and Director of the Materials Research Department, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. She received her Ph.D. and BS in Chemistry from Syracuse University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received several awards for her work, including the American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, the American Chemical Society Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering Margaret H. Rousseau Pioneer Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Woman Chemical Engineer and the Society of Chemical Industry Perkin Medal. She has also been active in professional societies; she served as 2003 President of the ACS, and has participated in many National Research Council activities. Her research, at the interface of chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, optics, and electronics, spans from fundamental concept to technology development and implementation. Her interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications, with particular focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials for advanced technologies. Currently, efforts aim to identify fundamental parameters that will enable sub-nanometer scale dimensional control of organic, polymer and/or hybrid active materials. Reichmanis has attended several Gordon Research Conferences and recognizes the impact these conferences have in abroad range of scientific disciplines. Importantly, they bring scientists from the academic, industrial and government sectors together to discuss the latest discoveries. They also play a significant role in promoting early career investigators. Reichmanis states, "The GRC provides a forum for the open exchange of current scientific results and ideas. They also foster an atmosphere of openness and collaboration among scientists from different disciplines. As science becomes a truly global enterprise, it is important for the GRC to lead in addressing the new challenges and needs of the community".