Roger D. McGinnis, Sr. joined Florida State University in 2014 as Director of the Center for Advanced Power Systems. Dr. McGinnis has a long history of providing leadership for scientific and engineering programs. He received his doctorate in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif., is a retired U.S. Navy captain who has held key positions in the Office of Naval Sea Systems Command, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining CAPS Dr. McGinnis served as the program executive officer for innovative naval prototypes. In this position he oversaw many large-scale research priorities for the ONR, including the production and use of high energy lasers, high-power microwaves, and electromagnetic launch systems that will be part of future Navy ships and aircraft.