Dr. Kristin Rauschenbach is the Substrate Architect for the GENI Project Office (GPO). Kristin is Vice President and Department Head of the Disruptive Information Processing Technologies group at BBN Technologies. She is also Technical Director of Optical Networking. She was previously co-founder & CEO of PhotonEx and Associate Division Head at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Her expertise is in the area of terrestrial and space-based optical networking including wideband optical network systems and components as well as network management, control, and security. She has worked in both the commercial and government sectors in optical communications and telecommunications fiber optic networks. She co-founded and lead a start-up company that built the world’s first 40 Gb/s optical transport system and completed a successful field trial at Deutsche Telekom, AG.
In her government work, Kristin is the Principal Investigator for the DARPA CORONET project’s PHAROS (Petabit Highly-Agile Robust Optical System) team. The CORONET project is revolutionizing optical network control plane technology to evolve today’s static optical networks toward on-demand agile systems that can handle chaotic and unexpected traffic demands quickly and efficiently. She has recently completed a DARPA project on Next Generation Optical Network Technology, and has previously worked on Airborne Lasercom for TSAT MJPO and OSD NII GIG End-to-End in the area of Network Management. She has also worked with the GIGBE (now DISN core) program on terrestrial fiber optics and the NSSO on Transformational Communication Architecture.
Kristin has a BS degree in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota, and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.