BioPh.D. Mechanical and aerospace engineering, Princeton University, 1979
Dr. Laufer is an associate professor at UVA and the founder of Avir Sensors, LLC. He currently serves as Avir Sensors, CEO. Avir’s main product, the ChemSight detector is based on inventions made by him, his students and associates. After founding Avir Sensors and while serving on the faculty at UVa he attracted significant private and government funding to support the R&D of this product and managed its development
Dr. Laufer received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 1979 from Princeton University. After graduation, he served on the faculty of Technion-Israel until 1986. His responsibilities there included directing the industrial laser laboratory. In 1986 he joined Analatom, a small R&D firm in Sunnyvale, CA where he served as a senior scientist until joining UVa in 1989. While at Analatom he developed a laser-induced fluorescence system for non-intrusive oxygen temperature measurements in NASA Ames supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels. At UVa, Dr. Laufer focused on developing techniques for environmental remote sensing including passive sensors of chemical effluents and water vapor DIAL. In 2001 and then again in 2003, NASA launched from its Wallops Flight Facility two Orion sub-orbital rockets carrying exclusively sensors developed by Dr. Laufer and his students.