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Sprangle, Phillip

Sprangle, Phillip

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
3351 A.V. Williams Building

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Presidential Rank Award (2015) highest government award given to a civilian 
  • Advanced Accelerator Concept Prize (2014)
  • James Clerk Maxwell Prize (2013)
  • Fred E. Saalfeld Award (2012) highest scientific award that ONR confers
  • Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2011) highest scientific award that NRL confers
  • IEEE Plasma Science Award (2008)
  • Top Navy Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award (2008)
  • Sigma Xi Pure Science Award (1994)
  • International Free Electron Laser Prize (1991)
  • Washington Technology's Top Ten Talents (1989)
  • E. O. Hulburt Science and Engineering Award (1986)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Physical Society (APS, 1981)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, 1997)
  • Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS, 2005)
  • Optical Society of America (OSA, 2010)

Dr. Phillip Sprangle received his doctorate in applied physics from Cornell University.   His research covers a wide range of fields and includes the atmospheric propagation of high-energy lasers, ultra-short pulse laser matter interaction and propagation, nonlinear optics, free electron lasers, nonlinear plasma physics and laser driven accelerators.   He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Directed Energy Professional Society. He has won numerous national and international awards for his research, including the IEEE Plasma Science Award (2008), International Free Electron Laser Prize (1991), E. O. Hulburt Science and Engineering Award (1986), the Sigma Xi Pure Science Award (1994), two Technology Transfer Awards, the Top Navy Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award (2008), as well as the 2012 Office of Naval Research Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science.   Dr. Sprangle retains a partial position at the Naval Research Laboratory, where he serves as a Senior Scientist for Directed Energy Physics.

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Sprangle Awarded 2013 Maxwell Prize

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