Dr. Anu Agarwal is an MIT Principal Research Scientist at the Materials Research Lab (MRL) and the Initiative for Knowledge and Initiative in Manufacturing (IKIM). She is developing Silicon-CMOS compatible materials for integrated photonic devices in the mid-Infrared regime. She is an Optica Fellow (2022), has over 250 journal and refereed conference publications, 17 awarded patents, and 4 pending patents. She is director of electronic-photonic packaging at the MIT Microphotonics Center and leads the Lab for Education and Application Prototypes (LEAP) at MIT.nano. Through this LEAP initiative her team has built hybrid advanced manufacturing training programs to bridge the skills gap in STEM across the workforce supply chain from K-12 to PhD.