International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
C. Randy Giles, a world-renowned scientist, thought leader in optical technologies, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, joined the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory as Chief Scientist in October 2016. In this role, he leads the scientific research and technology development for the ISS National Laboratory. Giles spent the prior three decades at Bell Laboratories, where he has led global R&D teams with technologies ranging from medical diagnostics to quantum physics, microelectromechanical systems and advanced optical networking. He has made significant contributions to emerging technologies and holds more than 50 patents for his work.
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.