Justin Shaw earned bachelor’s degrees in both materials science engineering and music theory and composition in 1997, and doctoral degrees in physics in 2004 and in materials science engineering in 2007, all at Arizona State University. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, from 2005 to 2007. In 2007 he became a staff scientist at NIST. He received an U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze medal in 2013 for his work in magnetodynamic measurements of nanostructures. As leader of the spin dynamics and microscopy project at NIST, his current research includes the study of spin dynamics and relaxation mechanisms in magnetic thin films and nanostructures, which extends from the nanosecond to the femtosecond regimes, using both microwave and optical techniques. Much of his work is focused on the development of new measurement capability to access and better quantify the dynamics in these systems. He is currently working on techniques to extend these dynamic studies to include imaging methods that employ an ultra-fast, high-harmonic generation coherent light source.