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Lawrence S. Goldberg, Ph.D., Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Goldberg has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in engineering

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 22, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Lawrence S. Goldberg, Ph.D., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Goldberg celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Goldberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Washington University in 1961, and his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Cornell University in 1966. From 1966-67, he spent a postdoctoral year at the Physikalisches Institut, Goethe Universitat, in Frankfurt, Germany. From 1967-1985, he began his career at the Naval Research Laboratory as research physicist in the Optical Sciences Division where his research interests were in ultrashort pulse lasers and nonlinear optics. In 1972, he took a detail at the Office of Naval Research to direct its research program in Radiation and Optics. During 1976-1977, he was on sabbatical leave at Imperial College, London, England. In 1985, Dr. Goldberg transitioned his career to the National Science Foundation as Program Director for the Quantum Electronics, Waves, and Beams Program, in the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems, Directorate for Engineering. His program responsibilities at NSF covered research areas of quantum electronics, optics, plasmas, and electromagnetics. From 1994-1998, Dr. Goldberg served as Director of the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems. Dr. Goldberg now holds the position of Senior Engineering Advisor in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems.

Dr. Goldberg has had significant international experience during his research and NSF careers. He has participated in many international conferences and workshops and has had extended research stays abroad in Germany and England, acquiring fluency in the German language. He has had close programmatic ties with NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering in many country regions, including Japan, Germany and Russia, and has gained international negotiating experience. He was appointed in the summer of 1989 as Interim Head of the NSF Tokyo Office in the U.S. Embassy in Japan. From 1996 to 2001, he served under appointment by the President's Science Advisor as NSF member of the Joint Management Committee for the U.S.-Japan Joint Optoelectronics Project. In 2004, he was invited by Science Foundation Ireland to lead a site review panel for a major center program. Dr. Goldberg served in early 2005 as U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Chisinau, Moldova, where he worked in close cooperation in an advisory role with the President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. He has since participated in government-level science studies in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Romania. In 2015, Dr. Goldberg was invited to represent NSF at the UNESCO sponsored International Year of Light in Paris, France, and in Munich, Germany.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Goldberg helped to develop and coordinate the NSF multidisciplinary initiative in Optical Science and Engineering, the NSF/DOE Partnership in Basic Plasma Science and Engineering, the NSF Scholar-in-Residence at NIH activity (a model program now focused on the FDA), and the NSF/DARPA Photonics Technology Access Program. He brings a broad perspective on the importance of interdisciplinary activities to the Engineering community. He served five-years as chair of the NSF coordinating committee for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program, increasing its visibility within the university community and within NSF, and introducing an international component to the program. He also provided oversight for the NSF Science and Technology Center on Nanobiotechnology at Cornell University, the NSF Engineering Research Center on Wireless Integrated Microsystems at the University of Michigan, and the Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks at the University of Arizona.

As a major Engineering and NSF activity over the past several decades, Dr. Goldberg has guided establishment, provided oversight, and secured NSF-wide support for national university-based user facilities in nanotechnology. In 1994, the National Nanofabrication Users Network (NNUN) was established for ten years. This was followed in 2004 by the expanded National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which required National Science Board approval. In 2015, he developed the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) as a new model in which individual academic user facilities across the nation were competed, with a coordinating office later selected to enhance their impact as a national infrastructure network. More recently, he has coordinated joint funding activities on nanoelectronics with the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Silicon Industry Association, conducted under NSF's emphasis area on Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He participated in early discussions on the potential scope and then led federal agency funding for the 2012 National Academies study on Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. He co-chaired an NSF-wide Optics and Photonics Roadmap Report in 2013. He and an ECCS colleague worked with the Department of Defense and other agencies in drafting the competition and recommending the 2015 award for the AIM Photonics manufacturing institute on integrated photonics, and then developed a NSF Dear Colleague Letter to enable academic faculty and small businesses to seek NSF funding support for use of AIM capabilities. Dr. Goldberg serves as NSF member of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee (NSET) under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). He also serves as NSF member of the Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group and has represented the Engineering Directorate on the NSF program Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum, and its successor program on Spectrum Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Security. Additionally, Dr. Goldberg has represented NSF policies and programs to the external community through invited lectures, conferences, workshops, site visits, testimony in congressional hearings, and a National Public Radio Science Friday program on nanotechnology.

In recognition of his professional standing in the scientific community, Dr. Goldberg has been elected Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He received a Special Recognition Award in 2017 from the National Photonics Initiative for "Distinguished Contributions in Advancing Optics and Photonics." In his personal life, Dr. Goldberg was elected to serve in 1986 as president of the Hollin Hills Civic Association, and in 2018 as president of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Goldberg has previously been selected for inclusion in the seventh edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering and multiple editions of Who's Who in America.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Goldberg has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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