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Rosa Lukaszew

Rosa Lukaszew portrait
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Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)


Dr. Rosa (Ale) Lukaszew, joined ECCS as Program Director in May 2020. Her interests encompass the boundary between classical and quantum communications, sensing and computing.

Dr. Lukaszew most recently served as Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office at DARPA (2017-2020). As program manager at DARPA, she assessed strategic scientific research needs and trends to accelerate the nation’s leading-edge defense capabilities. She designed multidisciplinary programs covering novel classical and quantum devices, quantum sensing and metrology, and quantum communication. She developed strong interactions with other members of the research funding community within DoD, DoE, NSF as well as NASA. She is AVS fellow, OSA senior member and Cottrell Scholar.

Prior to her administrative career, Dr. Lukaszew held the position of Distinguished Virginia Microelectronics Consortium (VMEC) Professor in the Applied Science and Physics Departments of the College of William and Mary (2007-2018), and currently she is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Physics at this institution.  She was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Toledo, Ohio (2001-2007). Her research contributions in nano-magnetism, magneto-plasmonics and high-speed photonics include advances in ultra-fast all-optical thin film switches, next-generation spin-transfer torque magnetic random-access memory (STT-RAM), as well as superconducting radio frequency applications, leading to highly visible publications, patents and prestigious awards. She received her Licentiate in Physics-Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Wayne State University and was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Ann- Arbor (1996-2000).