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.
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.
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.
was often called upon as an expert consultant to advise various government agencies on Electro-Optical and Space Technology issues.
work has been recognized through being awarded numerous awards.
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.
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.