DE Annual Symposium 2009


Twelfth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
2-6 November 2009 San Antonio, Texas

The Twelfth Annual Directed Energy Symposium brought together researchers, managers, and policy makers from government offices, DoD, DoE, and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, industry, universities, and other scientific and engineering institutions for discussions of current scientific advance, program, technology efforts, and the future of Directed Energy. This annual Symposium provides a forum for the exchange of technical information in fields related to the development, testing, and fielding of directed energy weapons, sources, and related technologies.

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  • Invited and contributed technical presentations
  • Classified and public sessions
  • Short courses
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
  • Reception
  • Strolling Dinner at Buckhorn Museum (hosted by Northrop Grumman)
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Best paper awards
  • Poster paper session
  • Industrial & Government Exhibits
  • Tours & Demonstrations
  • Co-located Directed Energy Education Workshop

Best Paper Awards

The Best Paper awards are made at each Symposium to the authors of selected papers in each of three categories: Best HEL Paper, Best HPM Paper, and Best Student Paper. These awards are based on the technical quality, importance to the future of DE, and clarity of the selected papers, as judged by the DEPS Board of Scientific and Engineering Advisors. Note that presentations are not considered for awards, just papers. To be considered for the student paper awards, the student must be the first author of the paper and the presenter at the Symposium.

The awards include a plaque and a monetary award, underwritten by L-3 Communications, a DEPS sponsor. Awards are announced at the subsequent Annual DE Symposium, so the winners of the 2009 Best Paper Awards will receive their award at the 2010 Symposium.

Overview Agenda

The detailed Symposium agenda is available here for download (PDF form; 369Kb). Changes from this published agenda did occur.

Student Session

There was a Student Session at the Symposium, chaired by Mr. Don Seeley of the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office. This session had several purposes beyond just the communication of research results to interested Symposium attendees. One was to let the JTO sample the work being pursued by students, especially those that it supports by internships or scholarships. Another was to permit students to make presentations in a presumably less daunting environment. A student could make the same presentation in the student session and in a general Symposium session. For those students, participation in the Student Session served as a final dry run; the session was scheduled early in the Symposium.

Previous Directed Energy Symposia

These events have been held annually since 1998, and information about most past meetings is available. Proceedings for this 2009 Annual Symposium will be available for purchase soon through the DEPS online store.

Symposium Organizing Committee

Dr. Garrett Polhamus, AFRL, Chair of the Symposium
John Pellegrino, Co-Chair of the Symposium

Technical Chairmen
Michael Murphy, Chair,
Jorge Beraun, Co-Chair,
Roy Hamil, Co-Chair,

Program Committee
John Albertine Chuck LaMar
Kevin Anchor David Law
Richard Bagnell Howard Meyer
Eugene Bednarz Stephanie Miller
Wallace Clark James Mulroy
John D'Andrea Mark Neice
Edward Duff Quentin Saulter
Lynn Ebbesen Don Seeley
Jimmy Fleming Bruce Stuck
Kirk Hackett Robert Thomas
Gordon Hengst Peter Turchi
Wendy Kunkle John Ziriax

Technical Program Support
David Loomis
Debbie Foster

Short Courses
Stephanie Miller

Symposium Coordinator
Cynnamon Spain   (505) 998-4910

Registration and Short Course Management
Ms. Donna Storment   (505) 998-4910

Payment and Receipts
Tiffany Bjelke   (505) 998-4910

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