Dr. Shen is the Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is an expert on quantum phenomena in materials, and a recipient of E.O. Lawrence Award of the Department of Energy, the Oliver E. Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, and the Einstein Professorship Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He served as the chief scientist of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the first director of the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences. He mentored about 80 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and co-founded several companies.