H. Frederick Dylla
Executive Director and CEO, American Institute of Physics
College Park, MD
H. Frederick Dylla is the Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a not-for-profit organization which publishes scientific journals and provides a wide range of services for individual scientists, students, the general public, and its ten Member Societies devoted to physics and related sciences.
Dylla was with the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virginia from 1990 to 2007. During this time, he concurrently held an Adjunct Professorship in Physics and Applied Science at the College of William and Mary. The author of over 190 publications, he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Holding a career-long interest in science education, Dylla helped to found the K-12 science education programs at Jefferson Lab. He founded similar programs at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he held various research and management positions from 1975 to 1990. While at Princeton, he helped develop technology for nuclear fusion reactors, particle accelerators, and materials processing.
At Jefferson Lab, Dylla served as the Chief Technology Officer and Associate Director for the Free-Electron Laser (FEL) program funded by the Office of Naval Research. He was responsible for initiating, building, and operating the FEL, which generates high-power light in many different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. In addition to providing a tool for many branches of science with applications to defense and industry, the facility's technology has inspired a new generation of light user facilities under design and construction across the world.
Dylla served on the AIP's Governing Board in the early 1990s and rejoined the Board in 2004. He has been a member of AIP's Corporate Associates Advisory Committee for many years and hosted the Corporate Associates' Industrial Physics Forum at Jefferson Lab in 2002. Currently, he serves on the AIP Board as Chair of the Physics Today Advisory Committee and as a member of the Committee on Public Policy.
Dylla is a Past President of the AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing, one of AIP's ten Member Societies, where he was elected a Fellow in 1998 and is currently a distinguished lecturer for the society. He has helped to design imaginative sessions at AVS meetings on the 100th Anniversary of Electronics and Benjamin Franklin's contributions to vacuum sciences and related fields.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, AIP's largest Member Society. He is a founding member of the Forum of Industrial and Applied Physics, currently the largest unit of the APS. He is an active member in numerous local and regional technology development organizations, including appointments by the Virginia governor to two scientific commissions, and has served on many national advisory committees for the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.