As at graduate student at UT Austin, I have been developing an innovative technology for infrared astronomy. The technology is called a Silicon immersion grating and has the power to revolutionize studies of stars in their formation. This talk introduces the technology, how it works, and why it's so useful in astronomy. The technlogy has enabled an entirely new instrument, IGRINS, at McDonald observatory. I conclude with how IGRINS and its successor GMTNIRS will be able to probe protoplanetary disks, and directly measure the atmospheres of exoplanets.