Valeriy V. Yashchuk received his PhD degree from St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russia) in 1995. He is currently leading the X-Ray Optics Laboratory at the ALS, LBNL. He has authored and coauthored more than 150 scientific publications in the fields of atomic and molecular physics, nonlinear optics, electro- and magneto-optics, laser spectroscopy, experimental scientific methods and instrumentation, in x-ray optics, and optical metrology. In 1986 for the development of a method of reduction of phase space of an atomic beam, he was awarded the Leningrad Komsomol Prize in physics. In 2007 and 2015, he received R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards for development of Laser-Detected MRI and Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool, respectively. He is an OSA Fellow, Senior Member of SPIE and a member of APS.