Dr. Craig Hoffman
Portfolio Director (Acting), Office of Naval Research
Chief Scientist, Office of Naval Research
Superintendent, Optical Sciences Division, Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Craig Hoffman has served as superintendent for the Optical Sciences Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) since October 2014. He manages approximately 200 government and on-site contractor scientists and engineers engaged in a wide variety of optics-related research—including visible and infrared sensors; semiconductor, solid-state and fiber lasers; fiber-optic sensing; radio frequency photonics; free-space laser communications; novel infrared materials; image processing; and infrared countermeasures. In October 2018, he also assumed the position of chief scientist of the Office of Naval Research (ONR). In this capacity, he exercises oversight and guidance of ONR’s entire basic and early-applied research portfolio. In June 2019, he also assumed the position of portfolio director (acting) of ONR. In this position, he exercises oversight and guidance of ONR’s entire science and technology portfolio.
Hoffman came to NRL in 1979 as a National Research Council post-doctoral fellow after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics from Purdue University in 1973, and master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from Brown University in 1975 and 1979, respectively. He joined the NRL scientific staff as a research physicist in 1981. His research focused on the opto-electronic and transport properties of narrow gap semiconductors, with notable work on HgCdTe alloys and HgTe/CdTe superlattices. He also did pioneering work concerning the susceptibility of infrared detectors and infrared focal plane arrays to laser radiation. He has authored and co-authored close to 150 articles in archival scientific journals and over 50 papers in the classified literature. He co-edited the five-volume 2nd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Optical Engineering. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the Military Sensing Symposia and a member of IEEE, SPIE, Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa, and serves on a variety of Department of Defense scientific and technical panels.
Updated: June 10, 2019