Dr. West is lecturer in Applied Physics at the University of Manchester in the UK. His doctoral thesis at the University of Manchester described nonlinear optical processes in polymeric Langmuir-Blodgett films. His early work on photorefractive polymer composites was supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, and a series of grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Defense Evaluation and Research Agency, UK (DERA), and industry have allowed the work to continue for almost 15 years. This work has attracted invitations to conferences and meetings in the United States, Europe, and Asia.