Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) physicist Craig Siders has been named a senior member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), an international society for optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators and business leaders. Senior membership status recognizes members with more than 10 years of significant experience and professional accomplishments or service within the optics and photonics field.
Siders has been part of the NIF and Photon Science Directorate since 2005. As commercial technology development leader, he fosters the growth of commercial opportunities within the Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) Program, and as senior scientist he engages in the evaluation and development of technologies toward future advanced photon sources and their applications.
APT investigates and develops cutting-edge laser technologies that enable scientific advancement, inertial-fusion-energy-relevant technologies and new commercial applications to ensure U.S. leadership in advanced photon technologies, to enhance national competitiveness and to avoid technological surprise.
"I am honored for this recognition by the Optical Society of America of the diverse and widely impactful career I have had to date," Siders said. "I look forward to the great things still to come from working with my colleagues past, present and future."
Before joining LLNL, he was an assistant professor of optics, photonics and physics at the College of Optics and Photonics/CREOL at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. Siders has more than 30 years of experience in optics, photonic and high-intensity and high-energy density physics, and his published work has garnered more than 6,000 citations.