February 28, 2020
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Elaine Lalanne. Dr. Lalanne is an ultrafast laser scientist contracted to work at NASA and the current treasurer of the National Society of Black Physicists.
Dr. Elaine N. Lalanne was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In 1994, she earned a BA in Physics from Wellesley College and in 2003, she graduated with a Ph.D. from the joint department of Applied Physics from New Jersey Institute of Technology/ Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Lalanne held previous positions as a physicist at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and research scientist at the Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research (CASPR) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). During her tenure at UMBC, she developed ultrafast laser system and measurement techniques and assisted in managing the Ultrafast Optics and Optoelectronic Laboratory. She is currently an employee of Fibertek, contracted to work as a laser expert in the Radiometric Calibration Facility, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA. She develops, builds, and maintains highly stabilized tunable ultrafast lasers (picoseconds pulse lasers) for characterization of instrument’s absolute and relative radiometric responsivity and wavelength calibration.
Legacy - Strengthening NSBP for the future.
Dr. Lalanne is very active in physics leadership positions outside the laboratory. She is a member of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. Dr. Lalanne was recently recognized as a 2019 Top 100 executive leader under 50 by DiversityMBA Magazine. DiversityMBA is a national leadership organization focused on integrating diversity and inclusion with talent management. She was one of the team leader/co-PI of the US delegation team for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) International Conference on in 2014. Currently, Dr. Lalanne is a board member of NSBP where she serves as the treasurer. She actively works with the rest of the board to strengthen and position NSBP to better serve the current and future members of the organization. When asked why she does the work she does with NSBP, she replied, "that's my way of giving back to my community who invested in me."