This spring, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomed two new faculty members to further strengthen its foothold in the area of lasers, optics, and applications.
Dr. Sandra G. Biedron has joined the department as an associate professor. Her interests include coherent light source development across the spectrum, RF devices, controls, uses of light sources, and detection devices. She particularly enjoys building bridges with colleagues outside her areas of interest to generate new ideas and research collaborations. In her role at Colorado State, she is eager to work with fellow faculty and researchers to integrate existing breakthroughs, such as those in controls and optics, into new light sources.
Before joining the Colorado State team, Biedron worked at Argonne National Laboratory for nearly twenty years, where she most recently served as director of the Department of Defense Project Office and associate director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute. Her technical research in these roles was primarily in the area of directed energy for the Navy. Since 2000, she has served as a technical and management consultant for the FERMI@Elettra Free-Electron Laser (FEL) project in Trieste, Italy. FERMI@Elettra is a brand new free-electron laser - a very bright and coherent light source - that will be used for basic research.
Biedron also is a visiting senior research associate faculty member for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland and an adjunct senior research fellow in the School of Physics at Monash University (Group of Eight University), where she recently mentored two Ph.D. students.
Biedron received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois and a Ph.D. in accelerator physics from Lund University in Sweden.
In her spare time, Biedron likes spending time with her family (including two Shih-Tzus), friends, and colleagues. She enjoys skiing, flying, and racing around in her 1955 MG TF. She recently renovated a 1905 home to the national historic standard. Its garden was featured on a Chicago garden tour in 2006.
Dr. Stephen V. Milton has joined the ECE department as a professor. Milton's interests include free-electron lasers, synchrotron radiation sources, particle accelerators, and beam physics. His recent interest includes making accelerator and beam systems more efficient and more compact.
Milton received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California-Davis and a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University.
Prior to joining Colorado State, Milton was the director of the 155M Euro FERMI@Elettra Free-Electron Laser project in Italy, during which time he concurrently served as a senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. Before taking on the FERMI director role, Milton led the design, engineering, and construction of the $55 million magnetic device undulator line for the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world's first x-ray FEL, at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. SLAC is a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator, and particle physics research. Six scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for work carried out at SLAC.
Milton also led the Argonne FEL, also known as the Low Energy Undulator Test Line, the world's first Self-Amplified Spontaneous Emission FEL to achieve saturation at visible through ultraviolet wavelengths.
In his spare time, Milton enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and colleagues. He likes skiing, flying, and riding his motorcycle. Having grown up close to the Sierra Nevadas outside of Sacramento, he is happy to be "home" near the mountains in Colorado.