Congratulations to James Westphal, who defended his Ph.D. thesis “Characterization and Optimization of Organic Materials for Electro-Optic Devices” on September 17, 2010. He was a member of the Dalton research group, collaborating with Antao Chen at the Applied Physics Lab. James has been working as an IT consultant, specializing in databases development and analysis, since the spring of 2007. He wrote his dissertation while working full time and sincerely does not recommend it. Other than work, James stays busy with his wife, their dog, rock climbing, and playing guitar.