Zakaria Y. Al Balushi
Zakaria Y. Al Balushi is the SK Hynix Assistant Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Zakaria received his B.S. (2011), M.S. (2012) in Engineering Science and his Ph.D. (2017) in Materials Science and Engineering with Joan M. Redwing all from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, Zakaria held the Resnick Prize Fellowship in Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology with Harry A. Atwater. At the University of California, Berkeley, his research group continues to expand in the area of developing new synthesis and integration schemes for emerging low-dimensional materials. In addition, his research focuses on developing new in situ approaches that will ultimately aid in accessing novel materials for the context of quantum science and future microelectronics. Zakaria has received numerous awards, including the Materials Research Society Graduate Gold award, the Rustum and Della Roy Innovation in Materials Research, the Caltech Young Investigator Lecturer in Engineering and Applied Sciences, the PSU Alumni Association Dissertation Award and Distinguished Doctoral Medal, and ICCGE-18 International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Young Scientist Award in 2016. In addition, Zakaria was recently among the 2021 Nanotechnology Young Investigator Awardees and was named “100 More Inspiring Black Scientists in America” by Cell Press. Zakaria serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Electronic Materials and is highly active in his community, organizing 9 conference symposiums between APS, MRS and EMC societies and serving on two Materials Research Society working groups: the “Women in MS&E” and “Broadening Participation in Materials” working groups.
Antoni Dąbkowski received his PhD from Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences where he started his career in crystal growth; since 1990 he continued as a Research Scientist in Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR), McMaster University. He has a long time experience in crystal growth of oxides by various techniques - the Czochralski, Bridgman, Directional Solidification, Flux Growth (including TS, VGF), Optical Floating Zone, thin films of magnetic garnets by LPE. He was working with the wide range of oxide materials - magnetics, high temperature superconductors, conducting oxides, piezo- and ferroelelctric perovskites (relaxors), aluminosilicates. A big part of his interest is related to substrates for thin films (garnets, cuprates, relaxors and conducting oxides) .
In BIMR he initiated series of crystal growth tutorials for students involved in crystal growth helping them in understanding crystal growth, basic characterization and sample preparation. He participated as a lecturer and experiment instructor in all BIMR Crystal Growth Schools in Canada and similar schools elsewhere; he was a lecturer at the ISCCG-15. He retired from BIMR recently. Antoni Dąbkowski is active in crystal growth community (co-chair and co-organizer of sessions in American and International Conferences on Crystal Growth and IUCr Congress in Montreal). He also provides articles reviews for crystal growth related papers in scientific journals. He is an author and co-author of more than 60 original peer reviewed research papers and chapters in 4 book on crystal growth.
Parthiv Daggolu has over a decade of silicon crystal growth experience in the solar and semiconductor industries. Daggolu is currently the Principal Crystal Growth Engineer at the Leading Edge Equipment Technologies (LEET) where he leads the furnace design and process development efforts to grow continuous single crystal kerfless solar silicon wafers, low-cost alternative to Czochralski (Cz) wafers, via the Floating Silicon Method (FSM). Prior to LEET, Daggolu worked as Senior Research Scientist at SunEdison Semiconductor (MEMC) where he made key advancements to the Magnetic Cz technology for growing ultra low-oxygen Si ingots, Continuous Cz technology for solar Si ingots and Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology. Daggolu received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2014 where he published his thesis on the Horizontal Ribbon Growth (HRG) technology for growing solar silicon wafers. Daggolu has over 20 publications and patents in the field of silicon crystal growth.
Jim De Yoreo
Jim De Yoreo is Chief Scientist for Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and an Affiliate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and chemistry at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell in 1985. Following a postdoc at Princeton, he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1989, where he held numerous positions including Director of the Biosecurity and Nanosciences Laboratory, and Deputy Director of the Laboratory Science and Technology Office. He joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2007 where he served as Deputy and Interim Director of the Molecular Foundry. He was President of the MRS and on committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, and Congress. De Yoreo's research has spanned a wide range of materials-related disciplines, focusing most recently on in situ AFM and TEM investigations of interactions, assembly, and crystallization in biomolecular and biomineral systems. He is a recipient of the Laudise Prize of the IOCG, the AACG Crystal Growth Award, an R&D 100 Award, and the LLNL Science and Technology Award. He is a Fellow of the APS and the MRS and a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Govindhan Dhanaraj is an active member of AACGE and is the current CONFERENCE PROGRAM CO-CHAIR of ACCGE/OMPVPE-2021. He has repeatedly co-organized three different symposia under ACCGE/OMVPE and ICCGE conferences, delivered invited lectures, and also served as session chair in several conferences. Dr. Dhanaraj has published “Springer Handbook of Crystal Growth (2010) 1820 pages” which was also re-published in 6 volumes series by Springer Publishers. He is the Chief Technologist at Pallidus, Inc. Albany, NY focusing on the growth of high-quality 6 inch SILICON CARBIDE(SiC) single crystals for power device applications. He also served as the Manager of Crystal Growth Technologies at ARC Energy (Nashua, NH) where he developed (co-inventor of a patented technique called CHES) a technology for producing very LARGE SIZE SAPPHIRE CRYSTALS for LED lighting applications. This technology was further advanced, and over 300 kg size automated boule growths were demonstrated repeatedly with in-situ monitoring. At Morgan Advanced Ceramics, Dr. Dhanaraj was also involved in CVD growth of large size (over 150 kg size) thick impervious SiC ceramic panels and cylinders. During his 25+ years of experience in crystal growth research, he has developed many different optical, laser and semiconductor bulk crystals using various crystal growth techniques.
Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken was born in Oberhausen, Germany on November 17, 1961. He received the Diplom Ingenieur degree and the Dr. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Duisburg University in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He joined the Institut für Halbleitertechnik at RWTH Aachen as senior engineer and has been working in the field of metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy for electronic and optoelectronic devices. He has been lecturer for semiconductor technology and devices as well as circuits for communication systems at RWTH. In 1997 he joined AIXTRON in Aachen-Germany where he is now Vice President Corporate Research & Development. In 1999 he was honored as Professor at RWTH Aachen. His main experience is in the fields of semiconductor growth by MOVPE, Nanotechnology, electronic and optoelectronic devices and circuits.
Prof. Heuken is author and co-author of more than 650 publications in international journals and several invited papers at international conferences. He was President of DGKK (German Crystal Growth Association), he served as elected Executive Committee member of the IOCG (International Organization of Crystal Growth), he is member of VDE/ITG and was board member of OptechNet e.V. Currently he serves as board member of NMWP e.V.. He acts as referee for international Journals. He has been granted several patents in the field of semiconductor technology.
S.M. Koohpayeh received his Ph.D. degree in Metallurgy and Materials from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 2007, which was then followed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution working on synthesis, bulk crystal growth, and characterization of various compounds and oxides. In 2010, he joined the Institute for Quantum Matter (IQM) at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), where he is currently an associate research professor working on growth, development, and characterization of 3D quantum materials. He has joint faculty appointment with both Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Materials Science & Engineering at JHU. His main research interests are ‘atomically precise synthesis and 3D crystal growth’, ‘finely tuned structure, controlled composition and phase purity’, ‘thermodynamics of phase transformations/equilibrium’, ‘kinetics of crystallization and fractional crystallization processes’, ‘defects, non-stoichiometry, and disorder’, and ‘structure-phase-physical property relationships’.
Luke J. Mawst
Luke J. Mawst, is Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1986. His recent work has focused on semiconductor material growth and device studies. Prof. Mawst has published over 275 refereed journal articles and holds 26 patents in the area of semiconductor lasers, and his research has focused on the intersection of MOCVD crystal growth and optoelectronics device fabrication. He has been with the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1993. He was a founder of two start-up companies in the optoelectronics area ; Alfalight Inc., and Intraband LLC. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2011) and received the IEEE Photonics Society Aron Kressel Award in 2019. He has been a member of the OMVPE workshop committee since 2013, and was Chair of the 17th Workshop on Organometallic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (OMVPE-17) held in Big Sky Montana in 2015. He also served on the American Association of Crystal Growth (AACG) Executive Committee Member since 2017.
Dr. Irina Mnushkina received her Ph.D. in Physics/Material Science from Dnepropetrovsk University, Ukraine, where she continued working as a research scientist until 1991. Later that year she and her family emigrated to the United States.
From 1991 to 1994 Irina worked as a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working with BaTiO3 crystals and High Temperature Superconductors. She is the author of more than 30 publications and 5 patents. In 1994 Irina was hired as a Product Manager at Deltronic Crystal Industries Inc., where she later became the Director of Crystal Growth Department, growing nonlinear optical materials by Czochralski and other techniques.
In 2000, Dr. Mnushkina joined Integrated Photonics Inc. (IPI). Since then Irina was involved in the development of Liquid Phase Epitaxial Crystal growth and characterization of Magneto-optical Materials. In 2018 IPI became part of II-VI, a global leader in engineered materials, optoelectronic components and optical systems. Currently Irina is director of department responsible for growth of gallium gadolinium garnets, supporting production of LPE materials.
Dr. Mnushkina is an active member of the Crystal Growth community, having served as the President of the local Mid-Atlantic Section of AACG, and, currently, as a member of executive Committee of AACG.
I graduated with MSc in chemical engineering from Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia. I got my PhD in crystal chemistry from Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw, Poland. I joined team of Professor Tsuguo Fukuda in Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan as post-doc and later as assistant professor. I was advising 3 PhD students, one of them is currently serving as the President to AACG. After moving to US in 2009, I worked for Rubicon Technology to launch world largest (2010) sapphire crystal growth plant in Batavia, IL. I was invited to join IPG Photonics in 2014 to build new crystal growth facility in Marlborough, MA. I developed growth technology for large, low absorption LBO crystals there. From 2020 I am with II-VI Aerospace & Defense, providing customers with high quality sapphire products. I participated to numerous crystal growth conferences, including ACCG-15, 16; ICCGE-13, 17, 18, and 19. I am recipient of Young Scientist Awards from ICCGE-13 and International Union of Crystallography at ISSCG-11. I published over 50 papers and 3 chapters in books. I refereed papers on crystal growth for Journal of Crystal Growth, Crystal Growth & Design and Journal of Applied Physics. I believe I can provide ACCG with unique industrial perspective on promoting crystal growth curriculum to universities as demand for well-educated crystal growers is higher than ever. I am able to participate to executive committee’s meetings and will do any conference assignments with pleasure.
Electronics Branch, Army Research Office, Research Triangle, NC 27709
ECE Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27606
Bio: Dr. Paskova is a distinguished scientist with over 25 years of combined experience in academia, industry and government agencies in multi-cultural environment. She is currently serving as a Program Manager for Electronic Sensing program in Army Research Office, while maintaining her research and academic engagement at NC State University.
Her expertise spans from semiconductor physics, material synthesis by different growth techniques to advanced characterization of optical, electrical and structural properties of bulk semiconductors, thin epitaxial films and quantum well structures with different crystallographic orientations for electronic, photonic and sensing applications. Her most notable scientific accomplishments are related to development of bulk GaN substrates for homoepitaxial device growth through innovative nucleation platform; development of doping approaches of III-V materials and understanding the compensation mechanisms and electrical transport, leading to establishment of commercially relevant methods for production of semi-insulating materials; and exploring anisotropy effects in nitrides with nonpolar and semipolar alignment and low-symmetry materials.
Dr. Paskova is editor of two scientific books; author of 15 book chapters and reviews, and co-author of more than 260 scientific papers. She has been serving as Editor for the Journal of Crystal Growth and Managing Guest Editor for several proceedings of ACCGE and OMVPE conferences.
Baron Peters (from Moberly, Missouri, 1976 - ) is W. H. and J. G. Lycan Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Missouri - Columbia. He studied catalysis and reaction rate theory for a PhD with Alex Bell and Arup Chakraborty at the University of California - Berkeley in 2004. He did post-doctoral research with Bernhardt Trout at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and with Berend Smit at the Centre Europeen de Calcul Atomique et Moleculaire (CECAM). He then held ranks of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor at the University of California – Santa Barbara (2007 – 2018) before moving to the University of Illinois in 2019. Baron has contributed leading computational methods and theories in the areas of reaction and crystallization kinetics. Baron also authored “‡” in 2017, the first comprehensive textbook on reaction rate theories and rare events methods. Baron currently works on several problems in the areas of crystal nucleation and growth and on catalysts for polymerization and polymer recycling.
Siddha Pimputkar (PhD 2012 - UCSB under Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Lehigh University. He has published 3 book chapters, 20 papers (one in the prestigious Nature Photonics (first author) with 1803 citations), holds 3 patents (with 15 additional filed patent applications), and given 18 invited talks. He has received 4 NSF grants (total ~ $1.6m) including the NSF CAREER AWARD. His chief expertise lies in the bulk single crystal growth and epitaxial growth of next generation semiconductors (GaN, traditional III-N, and cubic/hexagonal BN as (opto-)electronic materials for power/RF electronics and optical emitters) and with the development of advanced equipment, such as high-pressure autoclaves with in-situ monitoring capabilities, needed to synthesize novel nitrides. Dr. Pimputkar’s primary focus is on studying relationships between crystal growth conditions, growth mechanisms and material defects. His collaborators include Colorado School of Mines, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, ETHZ, NRL, II-VI Advanced Semiconductors, Applied Materials, and Brimrose Corporation. He is the chair of the 2022 International Workshop on Bulk Nitride Semiconductors (IWBNS-XI). Dr. Pimputkar is an active member of AACGE and is the co-organizer of the Boron Nitride Epitaxial Growth and Characterization Symposium under ACCGE/OMVPE 2021.
Jeffrey D. Rimer
Jeffrey Rimer is the Abraham E. Dukler Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. Jeff received B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and Allegheny College, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University prior to joining Houston in 2009. Jeff’s research on crystal engineering focuses on the rational design of materials with specific applications in the synthesis of microporous catalysts and adsorbents, and the development of therapeutics to inhibit crystal formation in pathological diseases. Jeff has received numerous awards that include the NSF CAREER Award, the 2016 Owens Corning Early Career Award and 2017 FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from AIChE, and the 2018 Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research from The Welch Foundation. Jeff has served as an executive committee member for the American Associate for Crystal Growth and has chaired two Gordon Research Conferences, including Crystal Growth & Assembly. He is an Associate Editor of ACS Crystal Growth & Design and also serves on the advisory boards for the AIChE Journal, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, and Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.
Dr. Rowe is an Assistant professor of Mechatronics Engineering at Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College, and B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as part of the dual degree program. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Rowe held the position of Process Engineer II at Cree Inc., where he worked on gallium nitride based blue and green Light Emitting Diode growth by Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition. His dissertation research focused on the growth and characterization of high-performance doped halides. Dr. Rowe also worked on the development of enriched lithium indium diselenide (LISe™) as a high efficiency thermal neutron detector that yielded a R&D 100 Award. In 2014, Dr. Rowe joined the Material Science and Application Group in the Physics Department at Fisk University as a Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Postdoctoral Fellow. He then joined the group as a Research Assistant Professor in 2017 and now holds adjunct status at both Fisk and Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rowe joined Middle Tennessee State University as a tenure track faculty in 2019 where his research is focused on developing novel halide and oxide based bulk and ceramic scintillator materials for nuclear nonproliferation and medical use. Dr. Rowe teaches undergraduate courses in Electrical Power and Machinery, and Electrical Circuit Analysis. He has authored or co-authored over 20 publications
with over 600 citations.
Dr. Kevin L. Schulte is a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 where he studied defect incorporation in III-V materials grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). At NREL he studies the epitaxy of III-V solar cells, pioneering the high-throughput growth of III-V single-junction and tandem photovoltaic devices by dynamic-HVPE, a technique with the potential to significantly reduce III-V device costs. He also investigates ultra-high efficiency multijunction photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic cells grown by organometallic vapor phase epitaxy, focusing on the interplay between the defect microstructure and performance of lattice mismatched graded buffers and devices. He helped develop the mismatched junctions in NREL’s recently reported six-junction concentrator cell with world record efficiency. His research interests are materials for energy, fundamentals of epitaxial growth, and epitaxial reactor design. He is an active member of the crystal growth community, attending AACG conferences since 2010 and helping to organize ICCGE-19 in Keystone, CO and serving as social chair for the ACCGE-22.
Peter Schunemann has been extremely active in the American Association of Crystal Growth, attending every AACG(E) national conference since 1990. He has co-chaired the NLO and Laser Host Sessions since 1999, and served as the Summer School Secretariat for ISSCG-13 (Park City, 2007), Program Co-Chair for ACCGE-11 (Monterey, 2011) and ICCGE-19 (Keystone, 2019), AACG Executive Committee Member (2008-2019), and AACG President (2011-2015). Dr. Schunemann is a leading researcher in developing mid-infrared nonlinear optical (NLO) crystals, authoring or co-authoring over 500 publications and 9 patents in the field. He has BS and MS degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Doctor of Engineering from Heriot-Watt University. He joined BAE Systems in 1987, where he perfected ZnGeP2 for laser-based mid-IR countermeasure systems which protect aircraft from heat-seeking missiles, earning him the highest corporate technical awards from Sanders and Lockheed Martin. He has since developed or greatly advanced many new NLO materials including AgGaSe2, CdGeAs2, CdSiP2, CdGeP2, BaGa4S7, and BaGa4Se7 grown by HGF and OP-GaAs and OP-GaP quasi-phase-matched crystals grown by HVPE on patterned MBE templates. He is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and serves on or chairs several OSA and SPIE conference committees.
Talid Sinno received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Ph.D. (1998) in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T, where he subsequently spent another year as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer. He has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999, and is currently Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Penn. Talid also serves as the Founding Director of the Master’s Program in Scientific Computing at Penn, which provides students with training at the nexus of modern scientific computing and data science. Talid’s research in computational materials science is focused on multiscale modeling and simulation of nucleation and crystallization processes in a wide range of material systems. He has published widely in diverse areas, including semiconductor microstructure evolution during crystal growth, self-assembly of colloidal crystals, and platelet cell aggregation in blood flow. His group develops and applies numerous computational techniques across length and time scales to study these problems, including molecular dynamics, various flavors of Monte Carlo, and continuum scale modeling.
Vitalyi Igorevich Talanin
Dr. Vitalyi Igorevich Talanin was born November 02, 1977. He was completed a M.Sc. (2000) in Physics and Technology of Materials & Components in Electronic Technique, a M.Sc. (2006) in Software Engineering and a Ph.D. (2002) in Physics of Semiconductors and Dielectrics. Dr. Talanin was awarded a Scholarship at the Ukraine Ministry Cabinet (2002-2003) and President Grant for Scientific Researches (2007, 2008). He was awarded the title Doctor of Science, honoris causa (2012), and the title Full Professor (2013), and the title 'Honored Worker of science & education' (2019). Dr. Talanin has written 14 monographs and ca. 200 scientific papers. Its Hirsch index (Scopus) is 7. Since 2018 Dr. Talanin is a Member of an International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). In 2019 Dr. Talanin was awarded the medal named 'Vasily Klyuchevsky'. In 2020 Dr. Talanin was awarded the medal named 'V. I. Vernadsky' and medal named 'For Successes in the Education of Youth'. Dr. Talanin is a Member of Editorial Board of some scientific journals. Dr. Talanin was a Member of a Program Committee and Organizing Committee of many international conferences.
Christine A. Wang is a retired Senior Staff member who continues to work part-time in the Laser Technology and Applications Group at Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on III-V epitaxial materials for advanced optoelectronic semiconductor devices. She has led programs in design of vertical rotating-disk OMVPE reactors and optimization of epitaxial processes for state-of-the-art performance of GaAs-based diode lasers, InP-based quantum cascade lasers, and GaSb-based thermophotovoltaics. She received the AACG award in 2017; is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Chris joined the AACG while in graduate school at MIT in the 1980’s. She has been an AACG Executive Committee member since 2002 and served as its Vice-President from 2005-2008. She has been an active organizer for both national ACCGE meetings and international ISSCG and ICCGE meetings, serving in numerous capacities as chair of overall meetings, technical program, corporate sponsor, awards, and industrial exhibits. Chris was a key driver in establishing joint ACCGE/OMVPE Workshop meetings, which have been a biennial event since 2003. Chris’ work with AACG provides a strong foundation for future contributions, and is seeking re-election to the Executive Committee.
Historical Conference Committee Assignments
2001- ACCGE 14 Program Co-Chair
2003- ACCGE15 Exhibits Co-Chair, OMVPE Workshop Committee
2005- ACCGE16 Sponsors Co-Chair, OMVPE Workshop Committee
2007- ISSCG Co-Chair, OMVPE Workshop Committee
2009- ACCGE17 OMVPE Workshop Program Co-Chair
2011- 16th OMVPE Workshop Program Chair
2013- ACCGE19 Awards Co-Chair, OMVPE Workshop Co-Chair
2015- ACCGE20 Awards Co-Chair, OMVPE Workshop Committee
2019 – ICCGE19 Program Co-Chair, IOCG Award Committee
Kevin Zawilski is a Sr. Principal Scientist at BAE Systems, FAST Labs in Merrimack, NH. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University (1998), M.S. and PhD. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University (2000, 2003). At Stanford he studied the fluid dynamics of mixing techniques applied to Bridgman crystal growth and worked on crystal growth of systems including lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMNT) and CdGeAs2. He has been at BAE Systems since 2003 where he has been a key contributor to the crystal growth processing and characterization of nonlinear materials including the bulk growth of ZnGeP2, CdSiP2, BaGa4Se7, BaGa4S7 using horizontal gradient freeze and the thick film growth of Optically Patterned GaAs (OPGaAs), GaAs, GaP, and Inx-Ga(1-x)As2. He has led technical efforts of research programs as well as led production efforts for crystal growth of ZnGeP2, and has authored over 70 technical publications and several patents. He has regularly attended crystal growth conferences since graduate school, and has been a member of the AACG executive committee since 2013. He has participated in conference planning and has co-chaired the session on non-linear optical and laser host materials from 2011-2015, 2019 and is doing so again in 2021. He was the ACCGE conference chair for ACCGE-21 in Santa Fe, NM in the summer of 2017.