Randy Giles, PhD
Chief Scientist, CASIS
Dr. Randy Giles serves as the Chief Scientist for CASIS. In this role he is responsible for the scientific direction of the ISS National Laboratory and management of the science department. Dr. Giles is a world-renowned scientist and thought leader in optical technology. He 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.
During his career, Dr. Giles has made significant contributions to emerging technologies and holds more than 50 patents for his work. His work 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. In this position 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 Northern 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.
Dr. Giles is a fellow of the Optical Society and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Giles is a graduate of the universities of Victoria (MSc Physics) and Alberta (PhD Electrical Engineering) in Canada.