Serge Y. Kalmykov is Research Scientist - Physicist at Defense Group of Leidos Inc. He supports the various programs of DTRA and Directed Energy Directorate of Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. He holds an M. Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics (summa cum laude) from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University) (1995), and Ph. D. in Plasma Physics from Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences (2001). In 1995-8, he was a recipient of a stipend of International Soros Science Education Program (Open Society Institute). From 2001-6, he held postdoctoral positions in École Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), MPI für Quantenoptik (Garching-bei-München, Germany), Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL), and Institute for Fusion Science (IFS) at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2006-10, he was employed by the IFS as a Research Associate. In 2010-16, he was an Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he currently holds an appointment of Adjunct Professor of Physics. Dr. Kalmykov is a Senior Member of IEEE (IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Physics Society), a Senior Member of Optica (formerly, OSA), a Senior Member of SPIE, and an Outstanding Referee for journals of the American Physical Society. His research focuses on (but not limited to) radiation hydrodynamics and the development of all-optical methods of laser beam propagation control, in atmosphere and in the plasma, to the benefit of directed energy applications, compact electron accelerators, and advanced radiation sources. His record includes 47 peer-reviewed papers, 4 book chapters, 30 full-text conference proceedings, and 12 invited/tutorial presentations at scientific society meetings and international workshops. Many of his works have received an acclaim through Research Highlights in international scientific magazines (Nature, Nature Photonics, Physics Today) and Press Releases of the Society Meetings (APS News). Dr. Kalmykov has extensive experience in teaching advanced plasma theory graduate courses.