Matthew R. Libera is a faculty member and Trustee of Stevens Institute of Technology. A Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr. Libera's research interests center on the development and understanding of polymers and polymeric biomaterials with a current focus on nanostructured hydrogels for biomedical applications. He is the Executive Director of the Stevens Laboratory for MultiScale Imaging, a multiuser Institute facility with advanced capabilities for electron, scanned-probe and light-based microscopies to study the structure of both synthetic and biological materials. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Army Research Office, as well as by a number of industrial collaborators. He is the author or co-author of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers. He has served on review and planning panels for the NSF, NIH, DOE, DOD, and NASA. Both his research accomplishments and his teaching effectiveness at Stevens have been recognized at different points in his career by the Humphreys, Morton, and Davis awards as well as by a Stevens Master of Engineering degree Honorus Causa. Libera has served multiple times on both the Stevens Faculty Promotions and Tenure Committee and the Faculty Council/Senate. He earned his undergraduate degree (1981) in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College and his M.S. (1983) and Sc.D. (1987) degrees in Materials Science from MIT. Prior to joining the Stevens Faculty in 1989, he worked as a Visiting Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California.