Kristin Rauschenbach is Vice President and Department Head of the Disruptive Information Processing Technologies group at BBN Technologies and serves as the Substrate Architect for the GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) Project Office. She was previously co-founder & CEO of PhotonEx and Associate Division Head at MIT’s 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 led 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. Rauschenbach has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.