Wes Lawson received the B.S. degree in mathematics (1980) and the B.S. (1980), M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. His dissertation work involved theoretical and experimental studies of microwave generation in various large-orbit gyrotron configurations. He worked in the Electronic Systems Branch of Harry Diamond Laboratories from 1978 to 1982. He has been with the University of Maryland for the past 18 years and currently holds the rank of professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Institute for Plasma Research. He served as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education in ECE from 2005-2011.
His principle interest lies in novel fast-wave microwave sources and his recent efforts have been directed towards high power microwave amplifiers and overmoded components.
Honors and Awards
• Clark School of Engineering Keystone Professor (2006)
• Robert L. Woods Award for "Excellence in Vacuum Electronics" (1999)
• Clark School of Engineering E. Robert Kent Junior Faculty Teaching Award (1991)