Jonathan (Jon) Pelz received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. After postdoctoral research at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Pelz joined the Ohio State University Physics faculty in 1990. Pelz’s experimental condensed matter physics research focusses on nanometer-scale electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of surfaces, interfaces, and device structures, primarily using scanned probe techniques and electronic modelling. Pelz is currently Vice Chair of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the OSU Physics Department, and has been co-director of the OSU Physics Bridge Program since its inception in 2013. Pelz also helps facilitate Inclusive Graduate Admissions workshops developed and hosted by IGEN.