Shahrom Mahmud obtained a BSc. degree in Materials/Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University (Dec 1986) and MSc (2004) & Ph.D. (2008) degrees from Universiti Sains Malaysia. Having worked as an Engineer for a decade in MNCs (Thomson, Sumitomo, Nippon Steel, Acme, Rolnic, IBM), Dr Mahmud was involved in the manufacturing, development and research of many products (about 1 billion electronic components & ceramics) including magnetic ferrite cores, EMW filters, metal oxide varistors, CERDIP alumina substrates and ceramic tiles. As an academic, he has taught over 20 subjects on mathematics, science and engineering in many offshore degree programmes (Aussie, UK, American) and USM programmes (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.). His research areas are transdisciplinary involving nanomaterials, optoelectronics, bacteriology, anti-cancer, bio-composites and nano-fertilizers. Apart from publishing over 100 publications, Dr. Mahmud has received about two dozen awards in research & innovation and recently obtained one single-inventor patent. He has also provided consultation to over a dozen companies from several countries. Dr. Shahrom Mahmud has been a supervisor for 15 Ph.D. students (8 graduated) and 4 MSc students (3 graduated). His research team, Zinc Oxide Research & Innovation (ZORI), has been actively engaging in transdisciplinary research in that ZORI team has published about 80 ISI papers with total IF>110 and produced three innovative products that won three gold medals. For six consecutive years, he has served as the Chief Judge of one international innovation competition. Currently, Dr. Mahmud is serving as an Associate Professor at the School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia.