Giovanni Milione is a PhD student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow under Distinguished Prof. Robert R. Alfano of the newly founded New York State Center for Complex Light, the Institute for Ultra fast Spectroscopy and Lasers, of the Physics and Engineering Departments of the City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Giovanni, originally from Long island New York, completed his Bachelors of Science in Physics at Stony Brook University after serving in the United States Army Reserve as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His research interests include the study of light's polarization properties - specifically vector beams, the interaction of light's angular momentum with matter via spectroscopy, and the use of light's angular momentum for free space and fiber optic communication. He is actively involved in Optical Society, European Optical Society and SPIE student chapters.