Dr. Marjorie Olmstead is professor of physics and adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, where she currently directs the interdisciplinary Nanotechnology Dual Ph.D. Program and is associate chair of physics for undergraduate affairs. Before joining the UW faculty in 1991, she was an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. At both UW and UCB she was the second female physics faculty member in the department. Between receiving her Ph.D. from UCB Physics (1985) and joining the faculty there, she spent 18 months as a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. She received her bachelorís degree in physics with highest honors from Swarthmore College in 1979 and spent the summers of 1978 and 1979 at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill.