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Lehigh’s International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) was established in 2004 through an initiative of the National Science Foundation for enhancing research collaborations between U.S. researchers and educators and their counterparts worldwide. Its success in this endeavor was covered in-depth by the American Ceramic Society Bulletin, which highlighted some of the more than 115 collaborations in 25 countries that have been supported by the IMI-NFG. According to IMI-NFG director and materials science and engineering professor Himanshu Jain, the research exchange program allows participants “to extend their research with facilities they may not have at home, they get new ideas working with a complementary group. They also learn what it is to do international research, to get a sense of an international environment and the local culture, to prepare them to be a world-class scientist.” Also profiled in the article is materials science Ph.D. student Adam Stone, who is working on a project to create optically active single-crystal architectures in glass using femtosecond lasers. Through the IMI-NFG exchange program, Adam used Kyoto University’s femtosecond laser facility and worked in the lab of Kazuyuki Hirao, professor of material chemistry.