Alexander Demkov earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Arizona State University. He is professor of physics and affiliated with the Center for Computational Materials. Research in the Demkov group is focused on materials physics, and specifically on the properties of oxide materials and heterostructures. He studies transition metal oxides where using the subtle interplay between competing energy scales in the d- and f-electron manifolds one can realize different forms of order and control their strength, mutual coupling and correlation lengths. He uses density functional theory to predict the properties and molecular beam epitaxy to create oxide heterostructures. Demkov is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2011 he received the IBM Faculty Award. He has published more than 90 research papers, and has been awarded seven U.S. patents. He serves on the executive committee of the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics. Demkov co-authored the 2005 edition of the Semiconductor Roadmap, and has served as associate editor of the “Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology,” and guest editor for several issues of the journal “physica status solidi (b).” He has contributed to several books and edited two.