UAH student landed a $400,000 competitive grant from the Dept. of Defense High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (JTO) for a team effort to develop and test diode-pumped xenon laser technology for the U.S. military. UAH's Amanda Black Clark is a doctoral student in Optical Science and Engineering who also works for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC-ARSTRAT) Technical Center's Directed Energy Division. She was the lead author of the awarded proposal and successfully defended it in Albuquerque, NM, in December. Her UAH advisor is Dr. Don Gregory, a distinguished professor of physics.