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Dr. Thomas G. Giallorenzi

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Senior Director of Science Policy

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Local Address:  District of Columbia , United States
Optical Society of America
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United States

Company Description: Uniting more than 180,000 professionals from 175 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
  • Cornell University
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
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Executive Staff | The Optical Society, 8 Nov 2015 [cached]
Tom G. Giallorenzi, Sr. Director, Science Policy
Ultrafast Lasers, 16 April 2011 [cached]
Tom Giallorenzi, OSA's Science Advisor interviewed Iain Mckinnie, Program Chair, Applications & Technology to delve further into some of this year's hot topics.
Tom Giallorenzi: Can you say a little bit about technology transitions that this meeting is fostering?
Tom Giallorenzi: Can you say a few words about the special symposia?
OSA Press Release, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Thomas Giallorenzi Joins OSA as Senior Director of Science Policy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 , As of Feb. 1, 2007, Thomas G. Giallorenzi, Ph.D., will join OSA as senior director of science policy.In this capacity, he will provide strategic direction on the Society's scientific programming, leveraging his technical expertise to help expand OSA programs and activities, with a specific focus on the Society's conventions and meetings portfolio.
Giallorenzi is a fellow of OSA, having provided volunteer support in numerous committees from meetings to publications and awards.Giallorenzi held many responsibilities on OFC and CLEO/QELS Steering Committees.Among other volunteer positions, Giallorenzi also played an integral part in both the R.W. Wood Prize and John Tyndall Award Selection Committees and was a member of the OSA Board of Editors.
"Tom has long been active in the optics and photonics community, in addition to his participation as a volunteer with OSA and our other sister societies," says Elizabeth A. Rogan, OSA executive director.
Giallorenzi has published over 90 professional journal articles, presented more than 115 talks at professional conferences and has given more than 1,000 seminars and technical presentations to university groups, sponsors or committees during the course of his esteemed career.He has been awarded over 25 patents with more than 20 still pending.
During his tenure at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, he was given the highest Naval award for scientific achievement, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Achievement in Science Award, for scientific innovations and contributions that have had a major impact on military systems.A recipient of numerous other accolades, he was awarded the IEEE/OSA Tyndall Award in 1990 for his role in the development of lightwave technology and was presented with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal in 1986.
Giallorenzi is a graduate of Cornell University, having received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the university.
Tom Giallorenzi |Open Photonics Inc, 15 Aug 2015 [cached]
Dr. Thomas Giallorenzi received his B.S in. Engineering Physics, MS and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. After graduation, he worked as a member of the Technical Staff, General Telephone & Electronics Laboratory. He joined the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in late 1970 and served in several positions. In 1978, he was appointed as Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division, a position he served in for 28 years before retiring in 2006. He served as a Senior Scientist in the Naval Center for Space Technology (2007-2009) and from 2007 until the present, he is serving as the Senior Director for Science at the Optical Society of America and serves as a consultant to NRL and several Corporations.
During his long career, DrGiallorenzi performed much of the pioneering research in optical fiber sensor, fiber communications systems now in use on numerous DOD platforms, and terrestrial and undersea links, in EO/IR focal plane development and implementation in missiles, threat warning, and wide area surveillance systems. At NRL, he also managed the largest R&D Electro-Optical Organization in the Navy, determined new technical areas of endeavor, developed new programs to advance the technology base for the Navy.
He was often called upon as an expert consultant to advise various government agencies on Electro-Optical and Space Technology issues. His work has been recognized through being awarded numerous awards.
Dr. Giallorenzi was very active in professional society activities including; Editor-In-Chief, IEEE/OSA Journal of LightwaveTechnology; Associate Editor, IEEE Lightwave Communications System Magazine, IEEE Proceedings, and OSA Applied Optics. He was general, and program chairs for over a dozen technical conferences and a member of the program committees of over 30 other conferences.
He served as President, IEEE Laser & Electro-Optics Society, Vice President Publications, and as a member, Board of Governors and on the Technical Council of the Optical Society of America, and numerous other boards.
Tom Giallorenzi
Laser Focus World - Optoelectronics and Laser Technology Advances, 1 May 2003 [cached]
Thomas Giallorenzi, director of the Optical Sciences Division of the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.), described the use of fiberoptic sensing arrays in military intruder detection, which has been going on for the past 30 years.
In terms of protecting buildings and infrastructure from unauthorized intruders, Giallorenzi described a Mach-Zehnder interferometer-based system in which an acoustic or magnetic disturbance alters the signal traveling through an optical fiber, thereby alerting nearby camera systems to check for intruders."People are trying to develop software packages to go with the cameras to detect motion, to track people, to do face recognition, to do more sophisticated things with existing optical technologies," he said.
Improvements in optical technology are also making cameras and detectors less expensive, but costs will have to drop a great deal further for wide-scale civilian surveillance."The nice thing about the military at least is that we can concentrate things in bases," Giallorenzi said.
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