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Dr. Collins received his B.S. degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1983 from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. in Physics in 1989 from the Ohio State University. His thesis research focused on diffusion mechanisms and chemical reactions in quantum solids. In 1989 he became a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he worked on nuclear spin polarization and relaxation mechanisms in heavy hydrogen. Since then he has helped to develop an understanding for the self affine structure of vapor deposited films and has stabilized high atomic hydrogen concentrations in solid molecular hydrogen for advanced rocket propellants. More recently, Dr. Collins’ research has focused on using laser-generated shock waves to study materials under extreme pressure, and to probe for new material states at high pressure and temperature. He is currently the group leader for shock physics in the Physics Division and project leader for shock timing and capsule optimization of ignition targets at the National Ignition Facility. He is the recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Plasma Physics Award and the 1998 Weapons Physics Award.