Dr. Cressler grew up in Georgia, and received his B.S. degree in physics from Georgia Tech. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Columbia University, during which time he was also on staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, working on high-speed Silicon and Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) microelectronic devices and technology. He is presently the Schlumberger Chair in Electronics at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Cressler is interested in the understanding, development, and application of new types of silicon-based bandgap-engineered microelectronic devices and circuits for high-speed electronics in emerging 21st century communications systems. He and his team have published over 500 technical papers in this field, and he has written five non-fiction books (two for general audiences). He has recently become enamored with writing historical fiction, and his debut novel, Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in medieval Muslim Spain, will be released in June of 2013. His hobbies include wine collecting, cooking, gardening, and hiking.