Dr. J. Ryan Rygg is a senior scientist in the experimental High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) group at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), and an Assistant Professor of Research in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy. He received a B.S. in Physics (2000) and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2001) from Stanford University, followed by a Ph.D. in Physics (2006) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked as a postdoc and then as a Staff Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for nearly a decade before joining the HEDP group at LLE. His research includes development of novel experimental platforms for HEDP with applications in astrophysics, basic science, and inertial confinement fusion.