Dr. Sandra Biedron

Research professor, University of New Mexico
Class of 1992
Dr. Sandra Biedron is a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico as a managing member of Element Aero in Chicago, a technological consulting company.

She has made significant contributions to several areas of science and engineering in accelerator science and technology, theory, simulation and experiment of several genres of particle accelerators. Biedron, who holds a patent in the field and has several patents pending, has participated in research and development, and the build-up and operation of facilities around the globe, including at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, for the U.S. Navy, and in Australia and in Italy.

While at Argonne National Laboratory, she was an associate director of the Argonne Accelerator Institute as a senior physicist and director of the Department of Defense Project. Biedron is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has held leadership roles at Sincrotrone Trieste in Italy, and is a member of the administrative committee for the Nuclear Plasma and Sciences Society.

Upon completing her classes at Moraine Valley in 1992, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and biology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, and a Ph.D. in accelerator physics from Lund University in Sweden. She is a decorated member of the scientific and engineering international community; has authored countless books, reports and periodicals; and holds the highest level of membership (Fellow) in several professional societies.

Sandra was an invited delegate and speaker for the U.S. State Department’s dialogue on U.S.-European extreme light infrastructure; received a Particle Accelerator and Science and Technology Award from the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society; was appointed as Government Relations chair for the Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; and received the George T. Abell Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University. She also was a District 230 Foundation Legacy Hall Inductee for her contributions to science and technology, and she continues to mentor students.