Publish Date: 29.11.2017

Category: News from the University

On Wednesday, 20 December 2017, the University of Ljubljana will be hosting distinguished scientist Prof. Dr. Sandra G. Biedron from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of New Mexico. With the lecture The Dawn of Big Science she will illuminate the beginnings of large research infrastructures driven by collaboration and the state of the world more than 75 years ago and where it has brought us today. The lecture is open to public and will be in English.

December 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the first human-made sustained nuclear reaction. This prototype, Chicago Pile 1, that was enabled by multi-disciplinary collaborations helped architect the national laboratory systems worldwide. These laboratories have significant research infrastructures for collaborative and open use to drive innovation. It is interesting to note that this first major scientific and engineering effort was led by an immigrant from Italy, Enrico Fermi.

Stories of discoveries in science and engineering are have many dimensions including historical, social, and political. All this will be discussed at the lecture of Prof. Dr. Sandra G. Biedron who is also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana.

Lecture: The Dawn of Big Science
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 at 10 AM
Zbornična dvorana Univerze v Ljubljani (Kongresni trg 12)

You are kindly invited!


About Prof. Dr. Sandra G. Biedron

She  holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Lund University in Sweden. She leads many research projects and recently served as Deputy Lead Engineer for the Integration and Test of an Innovative Naval Prototype through a Boeing contract. Formerly she was the Department of Defense project office director and a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory and was an associate director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute. Dr. Biedron served as a technical and management consultant on the successful FERMI free-electron laser project at Sincrotrone Trieste (Italy). She recently served as a co-leader of the security and defense portion of the Accelerators for America’s Future publication sponsored by the Department of Energy, the follow-on support information for a report requested by the Senate, and a subsequent DOE report on high power lasers.

Dr. Biedron has myriad archival and conference papers and technical documents and holds a U.S. patent. Further, she serves on a NATO panel for sensors and electronics. In 2010 she was presented a Letter of Commendation by the Chief of Naval Research for her technical efforts and in 2013 she was honored with the George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award for the College of Engineering at Colorado State University.