Earlier this month, electrical and computer engineering faculty and constituents were honored to host Vice Admiral William Hilarides, the 43rd commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), for the kick-off celebration of the Advanced Beam Laboratory (ABL). The ABL is a one-of-a-kind facility built by Colorado State to leverage the unique synergies between laser, microwave, accelerator, and light source technologies.
Admiral Hilarides and his team attended the event on behalf of the U.S. Navy, a lead sponsor of the research underway at the ABL. The kick-off event featured facility tours and a keynote talk by Hilarides, who leads a global workforce of more than 56,000 military and civilian personnel responsible for the development, delivery, and maintenance of the Navy's ships, submarines, and systems. His seminar was entitled, "Future Ship Designs with All‐Electric Technologies."
Poised to contribute to the Navy's research thrusts in directed energy, controls, beam physics, and irregular warfare, the ABL combines the expertise of two important ECE research groups in accelerator science and technology (Professors Sandra Biedron and Stephen Milton) and advanced lasers in extreme ultraviolet and x-ray generation (Professors Mario Marconi, Carmen Menoni, and Jorge Rocca). The ABL faculty are also expanding the scope of the work at the facility through partnerships with leaders across campus, including Colorado State Professors Alexander Brandl and Thomas Johnson with the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.
The ABL research teams also conduct projects generously funded by entities like Boeing, the University of Twente, the High-Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Energy, U.S. Air Force, and the National Science Foundation.
Hilarides graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in physics, and he holds a master's degree in engineering management from the Catholic University of America. Admiral Hilarides is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.