Colloquium: Frederick McCormick

    Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Sandia National Laboratories: A National Security Lab


    Sandia National Laboratories core mission of stockpile stewardship supports a broad array of science and technology capabilities. Over the last 4 decades, these capabilities have been increasingly applied outside of the nuclear weapons role in support of Industry, other government agency (OGA), and university partnerships. These partnerships now amount to almost half of Sandia’s work, and significantly contribute to the breadth and depth of our R&D culture. This talk will provide an overview of Sandia’s primary missions, then focus in on our S&T Research Foundations before covering examples of work in my Microsystems Science and Technology center. I’ll finish with a brief overview of a nascent DOE multi-Lab strategic thrust to support the National Strategic Comp.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    F. B. (Rick) McCormick is a Senior Manager at Sandia National Laboratories, where he leads the Microsystems Process S&T group in the Center for Microsystems Science, Technology.  This group of four departments delivers both leading edge research and high-consequence products spanning a broad range of silicon and compound semiconductor electronic and photonic technologies. Applications of the Group’s advanced products and research include harsh-environment Rad-Hard electronics and photonics in nuclear weapons and satellite systems, exascale computing, ultra-wideband RF systems, satellite sensing and communication systems, and photovoltaics. He currently has program management responsibility for more than $15M of research within Sandia’s Science & Technology Products national security program. He has led and managed dozens of advanced technology R&D and product development programs at AT&T Bell Laboratories, R&D startups, Emcore Fiber Optics, and Sandia. He received his BSEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), in 1981, 1983, and 1993, respectively. He has over 80 publications in the above areas, including 4 book chapters and 16 patents. He is a member of, and has served on many conference committees for, IEEE and OSA.