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Anthony J. DeMaria (B.S. Electrical Engineering '56, Ph.D. Electrical Engineering '65)
NAE induction: 1976
Citation: Developer of picosecond mode-locked lasers and contributions to high power lasers.
NAS induction: 1997
Citation: DeMaria's pioneering research in picosecond laser pulse physics profoundly influenced the study of molecular and atomic dynamics, nonlinear optics, and plasma physics. He is credited with the first demonstration of picosecond laser pulses and contributed greatly to their generation, amplification, measurement, and applications.
Dr. Anthony DeMaria is Chief Scientist with Coherent-DEOS, LLC, Bloomfield, CT, which manufactures lasers used primarily in material processing applications. He is also a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence in the UConn Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. Dr. DeMaria founded DeMaria Electro-Optics Systems, Inc. (DEOS) in 1994 after purchasing intellectual property of the CO2 laser unit of Hamilton Standard. He was chairman and CEO of DEOS, polishing the company into the world's leading manufacturer of sealed-off, RF excited waveguide CO2 lasers for industrial and governmental applications. The company was purchased in 2001 by Coherent, Inc. Before founding DEOS, Dr. DeMaria devoted 37 years of his career to the Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand) division of United Technologies Corporation and to the United Technologies Research Center. In addition to the National Academies of Engineering and Sciences, Dr. DeMaria is a co-founder, member and past president of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) and the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and IEEE, and a Fellow and past president of both the Optical Society of America and SPIE. He received the 1980 IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award "for contributions to the initiation and demonstration of the first picosecond optical pulse generator," the 2004 Connecticut Medal of Technology, and the 1983 UConn Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. Dr. DeMaria holds 55 U.S. patents. He was inducted into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2004.
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