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SPIE Student Chapter Faculty Talk Series: "Career Advice for Graduate Students, Post-Docs, and Young Faculty" by Dr. Ronald Driggers

Friday, October 6, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

Ronald Driggers


Dr. Driggers uses his 30 years of leadership experience (Division Head at NRL, ARL, and NVESD) to provide recommendations on managing and pursuing a rewarding career.  All of the questions you should be asking will be discussed.  How do I get hired above my colleagues?  How do I get promoted to Team Lead, Branch Head, or Associate Professor?  How will I be evaluated?   What can I do to give me an edge?  How do I get assigned as journal topical editor or conference committee member?  How many papers should I be publishing?  Should I write a book?  What is "H-Factor?"  What is the most effective way to secure external research funding?   Questions like these will be discussed as well as the importance of supporting your colleagues, treating others as you would like to be treated, and time management.  Optics and Electro-Optics are rewarding careers that can be fun, interesting, fulfilling, but you need to pay attention to your career path and your record.


Ronald G. Driggers has accepted the position of Professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics and Photonics beginning Aug 8th, 2017. He is also a co-founder of Johns Optical Systems in Lake Mary, Florida (since Oct 2014). Previously, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in 2008. There, he managed the efforts of more than 200 scientists and engineers and over $100M in research and development programs. Before 2008, he was the Director of the Modeling and Simulation Division at the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and a brief period as the Chief of the Electro-Optics and Photonics Division at the Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Driggers received a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis in 1990, is the author of five books on Infrared and Electro-Optics Systems and has published over 130 research papers. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering (Taylor and Francis). He was selected as the 2002 Army Materiel Command’s Engineer of the Year, 2001 CERDEC Technical Employee of the Year, and 2001 NVESD Technical Employee of the Year. He is a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer and was selected as the 2001 Naval Engineering Duty Officer of the Year (William Kastner Award). He is also a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering, the Optical Society of America, and the Military Sensing Symposium. In January 2010, he was assigned as Editor-in-Chief of SPIE’s flagship journal, Optical Engineering, and served as editor for five years.. In January 2015, he took over duties as the Editor-in-Chief of the Optical Society of America’s journal Applied Optics.

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