Jian Luo graduated from Tsinghua University with dual Bachelor's degrees, one in Materials Science and Engineering and another in Electronics and Computer Technology. He received a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 1999, and a Ph.D. degree in Ceramics in 2001, both from M.I.T.. After graduation, Luo worked in the industry with Lucent Technologies and OFS for more than two years, before he joined the Clemson University, where he worked as an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering from 2003 to 2012. In January 2013, he moved to UCSD as a Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Luo received a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2005 (from the ceramics program) and an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator award in 2007 (from the metallic materials program). He serves as the Chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society (for 2012-2013) and the Chair of the Thin Films and Interfaces committee of TMS (for 2012-2014).