Archive For August 27, 2018

First Meeting

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Everybody is welcome to the first meeting of the semester!
Tuesday Aug 28th at 5:30pm. Come by MECH 218 for free pizza and updates

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We hope that this Fall 2018/ Spring 2019 School year goes wonderfully for each and every one of you!

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Save the Date!

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The student region IV conference for next year is March 29th – March 31st, 2019 at UT Austin!



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Talk – The High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office – A Historical Perspective

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Director, Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE JTO)


At the turn of the century the US was a world leader in the development of large chemical laser systems. Most of the DoD funding was directed to the major aerospace contractors, while limited funds were available for basic and applied research within the Service and Agency laboratories, academic institutions and small businesses. Advancements in the telecommunication industry led to increased, world-wide, interest solid state lasers. The US found itself lagging behind the International S&T community in this area of HEL technology development. The High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL JTO) was established in 2000 for the purpose of developing and executing a comprehensive investment strategy for HEL science and technology. HEL JTO investments focused laboratory curiosities into state of the art building blocks (components, sub-systems and systems). The success of “Flagship” laser programs, the Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) and the Robust Electric Laser Initiative (RELI), stimulated DoD interest in integrating HELs onto militarily useful platforms. The significance of the numerous HEL JTO accomplishments over the past 17 years will be discussed. So, with a new name, the Directed Energy Joint Transition Office (DE JTO), a meager budget, and increased interest within the DoD community to integrate HELs on military platforms, what’s next for the HEL JTO (DE JTO)?

Speaker Bio:

As director of the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE JTO), Dr Grimes establishes and maintains the Department of Defense Technology Plan for High Energy Lasers, detailing the Department’s technology priorities for HEL. In coordination with DoD Services and Agencies he organizes and leads the Department of Defense Technology Area Working Groups for establishing priorities and monitoring research progress in high energy laser S&T throughout the Department of Defense.

Dr Grimes has twice served as the Directed Energy Staff Specialist under Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In this role he assisted the Director for Weapons Systems in the strategic planning, assessment, and defense/advocacy of the Department of Defense (DoD) Directed Energy Weapons Technology Areas.

When: August16, 2018 (Thursday) COST: Pay for your own meal

Where: Copper Canyon Café, (505-266-6318) 5:30 – 5:45 Meet and Greet

Albuquerque NM 87108 5:45 – 6:30 Dinner (order when ready)

(at Gibson and San-Pedro) 6:30 ~ 7:30 Presentation & Discussion

Students: Don’t forget that we offer free dinners (up to $15) for up to six students!




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