Dr. Jonathan D. Zuegel is the Laser and Materials Technology Division Director, and a Distinguished Scientist at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Dr. Zuegel led the Laser Development and Engineering Division from 2014 to 2019, and the Laser Technology Development Group from 2001 to 2014.
Dr. Zuegel is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). He has served as program chair and general chair for the OSA Advanced Solid State Photonics (ASSP) topical meeting and the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), program chair for the conference of the International Committee on Ultra-Intense Lasers (ICUIL), a member of the CLEO Steering Committee, and he directed the 2019 OSAF Siegman Summer School on Lasers. He has also served on international advisory committees related to the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in Europe and chairs the joint DESY-European XFEL Laser Advisory Committee.
Dr. Zuegel joined LLE in 1996 after receiving his Ph.D. in Optics from The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He received his B.S. (1983) and Masters of Engineering (1984) in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and served in the U.S. Navy in the Department of Energy Division of Naval Reactors. Dr. Zuegel is author or co-author on more than 100 papers and more than 150 conference presentations.