Talks & Lectures
17 Oct 2018
DeBaun Auditorium

SES Dean's Lecture Series: The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory: Research and Development in Low-Earth Orbit

Sponsored by Schaefer School of Engineering and Science

Dr. Randy Giles

The 2018 SES Dean's Lecture Series presents Dr. Randy Giles, Chief Scientist of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

Dr. Giles will be speaking about "The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory: Research and Development in Low-Earth Orbit." Orbiting 400 km above the Earth at 28,000 km/hr, the International Space Station (ISS) is host to the ISS U.S. National Laboratory (NL) where a wide range of experiments are performed to answer scientific questions or find solutions to problems on Earth. The ISS NL uniquely facilitates access to space for those investigations requiring persistent microgravity, an Earth observation vantage point, or exposure to the extreme space environment. Equipment and materials are flown to the ISS NL using cargo resupply services from SpaceX, Northrup Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) and Japan’s HTV. In 2018, 70 payloads were delivered to the ISS NL in five launches, supporting research projects in the life sciences, physical sciences, remote sensing and technology development. This talk introduces the ISS NL and highlights current research activities originating from academic, government and commercial investigators.

Dr. Giles is the chief science officer of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. He is responsible for the science strategy of the ISS NL to ensure its best use and the highest impact of the R&D programs focused on benefits to life on Earth. Prior to joining the ISS NL in 2016, Giles worked at Bell Laboratories on photonic technologies, including erbium-doped fiber amplifiers and micromachines (MEMS), to enable ultra-broadband, flexible optical networking. As a research director at Bell Labs, he led innovative programs in optical network architectures, 100Gb/s transport technology, optical signal processing, mobile projectors, quantum devices and telematics. From 2009 to 2015, he was the founding executive director and president of Bell Labs Seoul in South Korea, which focused on broadband services and enabling technologies. Before joining Bell Laboratories in 1986, he was a member of scientific staff at Northern Telecom's research labs in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Giles is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of Bell Laboratories and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He received the Discover Award in 2000, and the Fraunhofer Award & Burley Prize from the Optical Society of America in 2004. He is a laureate of the Millennium Technology Prize awarded in 2008 by the Finnish Government and is the recipient of the 2010 John Tyndall Award from the OSA and the IEEE Photonics Society.

Dr. Giles is a graduate of the Universities of Victoria (B.S. in physics 1976, M.S. in physics 1978) and Alberta (Ph.D. in electrical engineering 1983) in Canada.

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