Colloquia & Guest Speakers

Laser weapon system development at the Penn State Electro-Optics Center

Jeffrey Thomas, Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory

Monday, October 8, 2018
3 p.m.

Goergen 101

Nergis Mavalvala


This presentation will provide an introduction to the Penn State Electro-Optics Center (EOC) including background on technical capabilities, key projects, its status as a Navy University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), and how it fits into the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory organization.  The presentation will also include a more in-depth look at the Laser Weapons capability at the EOC including key projects such as the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) and how the EOC has supported laser weapon system development over the years.


Mr. Thomas is currently the Laser Weapons Department Head at the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory’s Electro-Optics Center.  As such, he has technical oversight and responsibility for programs to develop high power laser weapon systems such as the Navy Laser Weapon System (LaWS), Ground Based Air Defense (GBAD) system, and the Advanced Beam Control for Locating and Engagement (ABLE) system.   He also has overseen the development of a unique laser testing laboratory consisting of high power fiber lasers and associated diagnostics that is utilized to test and characterize optical components used in high power laser weapon systems.  He has over 30 years experience in the electro-optic industry with specific expertise in optical system design and analysis as well as laser system development for military, industrial, and scientific applications.

Location: Goergen 101

Refreshments will be served.