Dr. Shadi A. Naderi from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) was recently honored as the 2018 third quarter winner of the Department of Defense (DoD) Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award. Naderi was recognized for her outstanding and distinguished accomplishments as an internationally subject matter expert in fiber laser modeling and simulation.
Dr. Naderi’s achievements in modeling and simulation of high power fiber lasers have provided unique and important contributions to AFRL. Development of a high energy lasers weapon has the potential to change the way air warfare is fought, while also providing to the United States Air Force and the DoD laser weapon solutions for offense and defense capabilities in highly contested air space.
Her recent work in the advancement of multi-mode instability suppression to push the single fiber output power to the 5 kW class has been exceptional. Dr. Naderi is a respected member of the fiber laser community, devising new and creative ways to suppress multi-mode instability in the quest to scale a single fiber to even higher power, significantly enhancing the mission of the U.S. Air Force and the DoD. Her research will continue to help the Department achieve its goals to assist in solving the most pressing technological challenges on both a national and global scale, now and in the future.