S. Kobtsev received the joint B.S./M.S. degree in physics (quantum optics) from Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia, in 1982, and the Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in optics in 1992 and 2010, respectively. He is currently the Head of the Division of Laser Physics and Innovative Technologies, Novosibirsk State University. His research interests include fiber and nonlinear optics, tunable laser systems, and hi-tech photonics research and development. Prof. Kobtsev is a Member of the SPIE and APS, and a Senior Member of the OSA. He was honored with the OSA's Outstanding Reviewer Recognition in 2015.