EXPERIENCE

2013 – Chair, School of Physics, Georgia Tech
2008 – Professor, School of Physics, Georgia Tech
2008 – Adjunct Professor, Computational Science and Engineering Division, Georgia Tech
2008 – 2013 Director, Center for Relativistic Astrophysics, Georgia Tech
2001 – 2008 Associate Director, Center for Gravitational Wave Physics, Penn State
2001 – 2006 Associate Director, Institute for Gravitational Physics & Geometry, Penn State
2000 – 2008 Professor, Depts. of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, Penn State
1998 – 2000 Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State
1992 – 1998 Assist. Professor, Dept. of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Penn State
1990 – 1992 Postdoc, Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1989 – 1990 Postdoc, Physics Department, Drexel University
1987 – 1989 Postdoc, Center for Relativity, University of Texas at Austin

EDUCATION

1982 – 1987 Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin
1977 – 1981 B.Sc., Physics, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico

HONORS and AWARDS

  • 2017 – Ralph and Jewel Gretzinger Moving Forward School Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2016 – Gender Equity Champion Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2016 – Distinguished Alumnus Medal, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • 2016 – Edward A. Bouchet Award, American Physical Society
  • 2008 – American Physical Society Fellow
  • 2007 – Elected to the Mexican Academy of Sciences
  • 1993 – National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 1984 – CONACyT Fellowship, Mexico
  • 1983 – Organization of American States Fellowship
  • 1982 – University of Texas Ex-students Association Fellowship
  • 1981 – Undergraduate Studies Mexican Presidential Award

BIO

Laguna received his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1981 from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitan at Iztapalapa in Mexico City, and his doctoral degree in physics in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Relativity in the University of Texas at Austin from 1987 to 1989, and a visiting assistant professor at Drexel University from 1989 to 1990. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1990 to 1992. In 1992, he joined the faculty of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and to professor in 2000. He was named associate director of both the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics and the Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry in 2001. In 2008, he became professor in the Schools of Physics and of Computational Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is founding member and first director of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at Georgia Tech until 2013 when he became chair of the School of Physics. Laguna was named fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008 and elected to the Mexican Academy of Science in 2007. He received in 2016 the Edward A. Bouchet award from the American Physical Society “for contributions to numerical relativity; in particular, on the simulation of colliding black holes.”