Alan Bleier is from Rochester, NY and majored in physics at Cornell. He earned a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, doing his thesis in a medical imaging group. He was a postdoc and instructor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, ultimately working on real time MRI imaging of laser surgery, and also administering the hospital's connection to the Internet. He joined a medical device startup in Pittsburgh and was a member of the team that developed the first system for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In 2000 he moved back to Ithaca to live in the Ithaca Ecovillage cohousing neighborhood, and since 2001 has worked at CNF doing e beam lithography, SEM imaging, spectroscopic ellipsometry and optical microscopy.