Welcome to the Members Page of the Directed Energy Professional Society. Access
to some of the Members Area, such as for voting, is password protected. Please see
the bottom of this page for account information for our members.
A survey of 10% of the DEPS membership in October 2009 produced the results shown below.
When possible we have compared these results to a survey conducted in 2002. Some observations:
- The most likely DEPS member is a 50-something Ph.D. who works in lasers at an industrial organization
- You can see from the charts that most members are not typical.
- The Boomer peak has moved to the right by seven years in the seven years since 2002.
- About 60% of our members are within 10-15 years of retirement; a third are much closer.
- The proportion of 20-year-old members tripled since 2002.
- The preponderance of advanced degrees is a reminder that our society (and our community)
is heavily focused on research.
DEPS Member Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer activities not only it make possible for
DEPS to serve the Directed Energy community, but they also provide
professional growth opportunities for the volunteer. Some DEPS volunteer
opportunities are listed below.
Most DEPS volunteers work with our events. The breadth in technical scope of our meetings
provides opportunities to match the content of the event with the volunteer's technical
interests. Our events need volunteers to chair and organize technical sessions,
serve on event committees, and perform other services. To volunteer for an event,
contact the event chair who is listed on the event web page. You can access these pages
through the meetings page. If an upcoming meeting does not
have a web page mounted yet, contact the chair of the previous event.
Event committees have a short term goal, the production of a meeting. Longer term associations of
DEPS members include committees to focus on specific technical areas. Currently, we have two committees, the
Directed Energy Effects Committee and the Solid State and Diode Laser Technology Committee. DEPS members
with interests in these areas can join these committees. The DEPS Board would consider forming
committees in other areas.
Other volunteers have developed short courses that they present to the community,
usually in association with events. Most short courses are either overview introductions or
focused technical expositions in a specific area. Our short
course page lists our previous offerings. Cynnamon Spain coordinates the
DEPS short course program. If you would like to investigate developing a DEPS
short course, email Cynnamon or call her at
Board of Directors
All of the DEPS Directors are volunteers. They are elected by the membership, but good
candidates for the election slate are always in demand by the Nominations Committee,
chaired by the Board Secretary. Information about the Board is available through the
About DEPS page. Contact Mark Neice
if you are interested.
Reviewer for the Journal of Directed Energy
The Journal of Directed Energy has a continuing need for volunteer experts to serve as reviewers of
manuscripts before publication. The requirements include expertise in some area of DE and a schedule that
permits timely responses to review requests. To volunteer, contact the Editor at the
Other volunteer opportunities arise from time to time. If you want to be considered as
a volunteer for some of these occasional opportunities, please contact the
DEPS Executive Director, Mark Neice, and he can keep
your contact information at hand for the future.
DEPS recently expanded our online database to accommodate memberships and
event registrations. Our new system requires that members have online accounts with us
in order to access their records. Login to your account.
For those members who did not already have an account, one was automatically created for
you, using your primary email address as login ID, and your DEPS member number as password.
Once logged in, members may edit these account settings from your MyAccount page.
Problems should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org