Lawrence Woolf

Task Force Member

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Lawrence Woolf is a technical fellow and manager of the Materials Science group in Mission Systems at General Atomics (GA) Aeronautical Systems, Inc. in San Diego. He received a Ph.D. in low temperature condensed matter physics from UCSD in 1980 and a BA in physics from Rutgers College in 1975. Woolf joined GA in 1982 after a post-doc at Exxon. He has been project manager or lead scientist for over 45 programs involving the design, development, and/or production of a variety of advanced materials. He is the author or co-author of 73 scientific publications in the area of materials physics and energy conversion systems, holds 24 patents, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

He is also President and Chairman of the Board of the GA Sciences Education Foundation, where he initiated the GASSSS program that involves employees in K-12 STEM education outreach. He has developed many educational modules, materials, and posters and has given over 100 workshops to teachers and students. He was curriculum advisor/technical reviewer for multiple Lawrence Hall of Science FOSS middle school modules and for the BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach integrated high school curriculum.

He has been a member of 25 NSF education related committees, ranging from elementary science education to national laboratory reviews. He has been involved in many APS education committees and activities, including the Forum on Education (as chair), the Second Graduate Education in Physics Conference, and J-TUPP, and has organized many sessions at national meetings.