Steve Eglash named director of SLAC’s Applied Energy Division

Steve Eglash
Steve Eglash

The first time STEVE EGLASH came to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, it was as a Stanford graduate student doing X-ray experiments at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) in the early 1980s.

Since then, in a career that’s ranged from electrical engineering to energy to computer science and from industry to academia, he’s stayed in touch, working on two task forces on energy-related research at SLAC and helping found and run a Department of Energy-funded consortium.

Now Eglash has taken on a new role as director of SLAC’s Applied Energy Division.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” Eglash said, “and I’m looking forward to working with people throughout SLAC to build and expand the division’s research program, bring in new funding and help move basic research discoveries toward practical application.”

Eglash most recently served as director of research for Stanford’s new Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Before that, he was executive director of strategic research initiatives for the Computer Science Department. There he developed and managed research programs in data science and artificial intelligence – areas of increasing importance to the lab. In his nine years at Stanford, Eglash also created and ran the Stanford Energy and Environment Affiliates Program. Eglash said he’ll be working to expand the lab’s ties to Stanford.

Eglash holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his master’s degree and PhD at Stanford in electrical engineering.

Eglash, who has held numerous positions in industry, also served on SLAC-Stanford energy task forces in 2011 and 2014 and worked with Stanford/SLAC Professor YI CUI to establish and run the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium.

“The Applied Energy Division does work in four major research areas today – smart grid, batteries, photovoltaics and advanced manufacturing,” he says. “I’d like to continue to expand those roles, and we will certainly look to developing other areas.”

He added, “Because this is one of the more applied divisions at SLAC, we can serve as a kind of connective tissue between the more basic science going on here and real-world applications in industry and elsewhere.”