Dr. Rajiv Giridharagopal earned his Ph.D. from Rice University, later training as a postdoc with CISSEM in the Ginger research group at the University of Washington. His primary postdoc task was in scanning probe development with application to organic photovoltaic (OPV) studies. He developed fast free time-resolved electrostatic force microscopy (FF-trEFM) and applied that to studying OPV devices, and he collaborated with CISSEM researchers in the Armstrong group at the University of Arizona on OPV scanning probe work. CISSEM’s unique collaborative training culture has been instrumental to his success in his current work as an Optical Probing Tool Development Engineer at Intel. To quote Dr. Giridharagopal “Particularly in a position like mine that has to interact with a wide range of groups of highly disparate backgrounds, just being able to talk to others on the same level is important. In CISSEM I had to do that a lot – much of my FF-trEFM project was somewhat esoteric signal processing, but translating that language (Hilbert Transforms) into a different language (in situ measurements of OPV device performance) is a useful skill. Working in the Center was highly important in that it let me directly interact with a broad range of excellent individuals of varying educational backgrounds. It is hard to understate how important it is to get an outside perspective.” Dr. Giridharagopal’s final piece of advice to current and incoming CISSEM members is to use the inherently cross-institutional nature of CISSEM to help build a personal network.