Billlig Croft Lecture: Leslie A. Momoda

Leslie Momoda is executive vice president at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. She leads the strategic planning, customer, and LLC member interfaces for the laboratory. Prior to this assignment, she was the director for Sensors and Materials Laboratory where she led the research and development of advanced structural, battery, architected and nano-materials, and characterization, as well as cutting-edge microelectromechanical (MEMS) and infrared detectors.

Momoda joined HRL Laboratories, LLC in 1990, working on the research and development of mixed metal oxide materials for electronic, optical, and chemical sensor applications. She has 18 years of experience in the field of materials synthesis, processing, and characterization for electronic and structural applications. As a research department manager, she was in charge of several major projects in the area of smart materials, materials for thermal management, gas sensing, fuel cell components, and the modeling and prediction of materials reliability.

She received her bachelor's in chemical engineering, as well as an MS and PhD in materials science and engineering, from the University of California, Los Angeles. Momoda has authored or co-authored 18 published papers and has 15+ issued patents. She serves on several national technical and university advisory boards.

Whiting School alumnus L. Gordon Croft established this lecture in 2007 in honor of his late friend, Frederick Billig. The lecture highlights the work of leaders in the areas of mechanical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and entrepreneurship and management.
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