Staff Directory

Lawrence S. Goldberg

Lawrence S. Goldberg portrait
(703) 292-8339
(703) 292-9147
E 14449
Senior Advisor

Program Responsibilities:
Engineering Research Initiation (ERI)
National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)
Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT)
Spectrum Innovation Initiative: National Radio Dynamic Zones (SII-NRDZ)


Lawrence S. Goldberg was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Washington University in 1961, and his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Cornell University in 1966. From 1966-67, he spent a postdoctoral year at the Physikalisches Institut, Universität Frankfurt, Germany. From 1967-1985, he was with the Naval Research Laboratory as research physicist in the Optical Sciences Division where his research interests were in ultrashort pulse lasers and nonlinear optics. During 1976-1977, he was on sabbatical leave at Imperial College, London, England.

Dr. Goldberg joined the National Science Foundation in 1985, where he currently is Senior Engineering Advisor in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems, Directorate for Engineering.  He served previously as its Division Director, and earlier as Program Director in areas of quantum electronics, optics, plasmas, and electromagnetics. In the summer of 1989, he served as Acting Head of the NSF Office in Tokyo, Japan.  He was appointed by the President’s Science Advisor in 1995 to the interagency management committee for the U.S.-Japan Joint Optoelectronics Project.  He served in 2005 as U.S. Embassy Science Fellow in Chisinau, Moldova, where he worked in close cooperation in an advisory role with the President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.  He has since participated in government-level science studies in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Romania. In 2015, Dr. Goldberg represented NSF at the UNESCO sponsored International Year of Light in Paris, France and in Munich, Germany.

Dr. Goldberg currently is lead program officer and guided the competition in establishing the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), which comprises 16 independent awards to universities and partner institutions around the nation as user facility sites in nanotechnology. He has coordinated joint activities on nanoelectronics with the Semiconductor Research Corporation, conducted under NSF’s emphasis area on Nanoscale Science and Engineering. He led federal agency funding for the 2012 National Academies study on Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. He serves as NSF member of the interagency Wireless Spectrum Research and Development (WSRD) Interagency Working Group and represents the Engineering Directorate on the NSF program Spectrum and Wireless Innovation enabled by Future Technologies (SWIFT). He also is coordinator for the Engineering Directorate in the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program.

Dr. Goldberg is Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.