Kennedy Space Center, FL. (October 4, 2016) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) announced today that Dr. Randy Giles, a world-renowned scientist, thought leader in optical technologies, and elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, has joined the ISS National Lab as chief scientist. In this role, Dr. Giles will lead the scientific research and technology development for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. Dr. Giles has spent the past three decades at Bell Labs, where he has led global research and development teams with technologies ranging from medical diagnostics to quantum physics, microelectromechanical systems, and advanced optical networking.
Dr. Giles has made significant contributions to emerging technologies and holds more than 50 patents for his work. His research on erbium-doped fiber amplifiers was significant to the global deployment of wavelength-multiplexed optical transport systems, the core network of the Internet. Dr. Giles was the founding Executive Director and President of Bell Labs Seoul in South Korea, where he led broad R&D collaborations across academic, government, and industry that enabled new research in areas such as telematics, mobile applications, data analytics, and smart grid technology. Before joining Bell Laboratories in 1986, Dr. Giles worked on Northen Telecom’s first gigabit optical transmission systems.
Dr. Giles has been recognized by several prestigious institutions during his career. Notable awards include the Tyndall Award from the Optical Society in 2010, Laureate of the Millennium Technology Prize in 2008, and the Discover Award in 2000 for the invention of the MEMS-based optical cross-connect switch.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Randy Giles, a leading mind in technology research and development, join the International Space Station National Laboratory as the ISS National Lab’ chief scientist,“ said Gregory H. Johnson, president and executive director of the ISS National Lab. “Dr. Giles’ leadership, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit will be a powerful addition to our staff of accomplished scientists and will greatly advance our ability to bring together impactful research collaborations.“
“I am honored to join the ISS National Lab and work alongside NASA to help maximize the potential of the International Space Station,” said Dr. Giles. “This incredible research facility is creating limitless possibilities for a new era of entrepreneurs, inventors, and scientists. It is an exciting time to join the ISS National Lab.”
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About the ISS National Lab: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. the ISS National Lab is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. For more information, visit www.issnationallab.org.
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation’s newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and extreme environment of space.
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