Nineteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium
13-17 February 2017 Huntsville, Alabama

This Nineteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium provided a forum for the exchange of technical and programmatic information in fields related to directed energy sources, directed energy effects, and the development, testing and fielding of directed energy weapons and related technologies. The Symposium was attended by a wide range of specialists including: researchers, managers, policy makers, and executives from government institutions (DoD, DoE and other national laboratories, program offices, the intelligence community, etc.), industry, academia, and other scientific and engineering institutions.

Beautiful Big Spring International Park in Downtown Huntsville
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  • Invited and contributed technical presentations
  • Public, limited and classified sessions
  • Distinguished plenary speakers
  • Short Courses
  • Exhibitor/Poster Reception
  • Installation of new DEPS Fellows
  • Introduction of new DEPS Directors
  • Poster presentations
  • Commercial, Government and Academic Exhibits
  • Student sessions including the Directed Energy Education Workshop
  • Ron Miller signing his book "Laser Weapons Development at Redstone Arsenal"
  • Tour of NASA facilities at Redstone Aresenal on Friday


An overview agenda of the Symposium program is given below. The final Technical Program is available in PDF format. Please note that last minute changes to the program were made.

Preliminary Overview Agenda
Registration desk open at Westin on Sunday, 12 February, 1500 - 1800. Registration on weekday mornings opens at 0700. Breakfast and lunch at Westin Tuesday - Thursday.

   Monday, 13 February

   Short Courses

  • Morning Courses
    • Introduction to HEL Systems
    • Windows and Coatings for HEL Systems
    • Bio-Effects
    • Introduction to HEL Lethality Science
  • Afternoon Courses
    • Introduction to HEL Lethality Science (continued)
    • Transitioning DE Technology to the Warfighter
    • RF DE Effects
    • Optical Turbulence
    • Introduction to RF Systems

   Tuesday, 14 February

  • Morning Opening Plenary Session
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
    • DE Systems
    • HPM Systems
    • HEL Effects
    • Student Session
  • Evening
    • Exhibitor Reception
    • Poster Session
    • Ron Miller Book Signing

   Wednesday, 15 February

  • Morning Breakout Sessions
    • HEL Technology
    • Beam Control
    • Power and Thermal
    • Beam Propagation
    • Classified Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
    • HEL Technology
    • Beam Propagation
    • Power and Thermal
    • Education Workshop
    • Counter DEW

   Thursday, 16 February

  • Morning Breakout Sessions
    • Non-DOD Vehicle Propulsion
    • Modeling and Simulation
    • HEL Technology
    • Ultrashort Pulse Lasers
    • HPM and CDEW
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Technical Sessions
    • Non-DOD Power Transmission
    • Modeling and Simulation
    • Ultrashort Pulse Lasers
    • Education Workshop

   Friday, 17 February

  • Optional Tour of Redstone NASA Facilities
  • Tour is full. No new reservations being accepted.
  • Symposium Adjourns


The 2017 Annual Directed Energy Symposium was held at the Westin Huntsville, located at Bridge Street Town Centre, 6800 Governors W, Huntsville, AL 35806 and at off-site locations.

Symposium Contacts

Symposium Program Chair:    
Dr. Kip Kendrick (256) 955-2174
Technical Program Coordinators:    
Ryan Hoffman, HPM (703) 696-3873 Ryan
Donald Shiffler, HPM (505) 853-3906
Brian Strickland, HEL (256) 955-5703
Program Committee (in order of topic area from Call for Papers):    
Chuck LaMar    (256) 955-3675    HEL Systems, Technologies and Effects
Ryan Hoffman, HPM    Ryan    (703) 696-3873    HPM Systems, Technologies and Effects
Sterling Beeson, HPM    (325) 234-7924    HPM Systems, Technologies and Effects
Brett Hokr    (817) 507-9426    Acquisition, Tracking and Jitter Control
Jenny Niles    (256) 955-5484    Beam Control Systems and Technology
Amanda Black    (256) 955-5543    Beam Propagation and Wavefront Control
Doug Nelson    (256) 955-1488    Modeling and Simulation
Kenya Lynch    (256) 955-2233    Power and Thermal for Directed Energy
Sandy Montgomery    (256) 971-7053    Non-DOD Applications of Directed Energy
Huntsville Security    
Lovett Bennett (256) 955-4950
Huntsville Coordinator    
Di Cochran (256) 955-4200
Symposium Coordinator    
Cynnamon Spain (505) 998-4910
Security Coordinator, Registration, and Receipts    
Tiffany Bjelke (505) 998-4910

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