Robert R. Alfano is a Distinguished Professor of Science Engineering at The City College of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in physics from New York University and previously worked at GTE Research labs (Verizon). He has pioneered many applications of light and photonics technology to the study of biological, biomedical and condensed matter systems using optical spectroscopy and optical imaging. He discovered and use supercontinuum and novel tunable Cr solid-state lasers. He is a fellow of APS, OSA, and IEEE.