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Greetings, I’m Simi George, a senior materials scientist with the research and development group and the laser program manager for SCHOTT Advanced Optics, in North America. I joined the company in 2010, and currently I’m responsible for the design and development of materials for high peak and average power lasers in medical, defense, and industrial fields. I’ve previously worked with IR materials and fluorophosphates for optics and fibers. I earned my graduate degree and doctorate in physics from CREOL at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. My work toward the doctoral thesis involved the development of laser-based plasma light sources for EUV lithography. I subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. My work during the fellowship involved many projects in all areas of EUV lithography patterning research and development involving photomasks and photoresists.