Matthew Pelton is an experimental physicist who is highly respected by his peers as evidenced by his funding success and by the number and quality of his invited papers in international forums. He is an active researcher and leader in several fields: plasmonic nanocavities, nanoscale fluid dynamics, and charge transfer on the nanoscale. He was recently elected as a Fellow of Optica and is the lead UMBC investigator in the NSF STC Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand. In addition, Pelton is the managing editor of Nanophotonics and has published a book and more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. He earned a B.A.Sc. in engineering science from the University of Toronto, his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University, and completed postdoctoral research at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and the University of Chicago.