Ram Seshadri received his PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1995. After post-doctoral appointments at the Laboratoire CRISMAT, in Caen, France, and the Universität Mainz, Germany, he joined the Indian Institute of Science as an Assistant Professor in 1999. He moved to the Materials Department, UCSB in August 2002. Since Fall 08, he has been a Professor in the Materials Department and the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. His research and teaching focus at the interface of physics, chemistry, and materials science, on crystal chemistry, and crystal-structure – property relations in functional inorganic materials. Materials functions of interest include phosphors for solid-state lighting, magnetic materials, thermoelectric materials, ferroic materials, photovoltaics, and materials displaying redox and ion transport (for battery applications). A unifying theme in almost every aspect of the work is the compositional tuning of the properties of extended solids through solid solution. The work from Ram and his research group can be found in the over 280 publications that have appeared. Since 2016, Ram also serves as the Director of UCSB’s Materials Research Laboratory: A National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.