James Hudgens

Director, Threat Intelligence Center

Dr. James J. Hudgens is currently Director of the Threat Intelligence Center at Sandia National Laboratories.

Dr. Hudgens received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1996 he was a Post-Doctoral researcher at Sandia National Laboratories investigating low temperature sealing glasses. In 1996 he joined Texas Instruments Defense Systems & Electronics Group (now Raytheon) where he was technical lead for the development of commercial infrared optics. His team designed and developed the optics and high-volume manufacturing methods for the 2000 Cadillac DeVille night vision system. In 1999 he was promoted to Manager, Optical Technology and Advanced Manufacturing at Raytheon. In 2000 he joined Mahi Networks, a metro optical networking start-up company, as Manager, Optical Networking.

In 2001 he joined Sandia National Laboratories’ Integrated Microsystems Department where he was responsible for projects ranging from development of optical gyroscopes to development of microbiofuel cells. In 2003 he was promoted to Manager, Photonic Microsystems Technologies where he was responsible for advanced research and development areas including LIGA, photonic crystals, quantum cascade lasers, terahertz detection, and subwavelength optics. In this position, Dr. Hudgens was instrumental in the establishment of Sandia’s quantum information science and technology program. In 2009 he was promoted to Senior Manager of the Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance group where Dr. Hudgens’ group spearheaded the development of real-time processed, high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for use on unmanned, manned and space based systems including the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) based Copperhead counter IED system.

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Email: jjhudge@sandia.gov