EE Pioneer Series – Robert W. Hellwarth

Electrical Engineering Pioneer Series

Join us for our EE Pioneer Series, a seminar series that showcases members of our very own USC Electrical Engineering Faculty! These talks not only offer a technical presentation from faculty, but more importantly feature an oral history interview. This series of interviews will capture the inspiring journeys and stories of the many individuals who have helped shape and develop our department. We continue this series with a technical talk and interview with George Pfleger Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Physics, Robert W. Hellwarth, Ph.D.


hellwarth3Robert W. Hellwarth, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – EEB 132 – 4:00 p.m.

Professor Robert W. Hellwarth, University Professor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy, and holder of the George T. Pfleger Chair in Electrical Engineering, joined the University of Southern California in 1970. Over the past 45 years, Professor Hellwarth has made numerous outstanding research contributions in the areas of quantum electronics; nonlinear optics; design and employment of lasers to aid a variety of practical and scientific efforts, from adaptive optics for astronomy to electro-optic modulators for communications. Professor Hellwarth has received several honors including the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, the Quantum Electronics Award of the IEEE, and he is member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

EE Pioneer Series – Robert Hellwarth from Ming Hsieh Institute on Vimeo.

EE Pioneer Series – Robert Hellwarth Interview from Ming Hsieh Institute on Vimeo.

Event Program

Time Event
4:00pm Introduction & Welcome
4:05pm “Masers, lasers and grasers in the formation of galaxies: My award offer.” by Robert W. Hellwarth, Ph.D, George Pfleger Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Physics
4:50pm Robert W. Hellwarth in Conversation with Jack Feinberg
5:35pm Reception – Light Refreshments