Professor Jeffrey H. Shapiro is the former Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received the S.B., S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970, respectively. As a graduate student he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, a Teaching Assistant, and a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow. His doctoral research was a theoretical study of adaptive techniques for improved optical communication through atmospheric turbulence.
From 1970 to 1973, Dr. Shapiro was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Sciences and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University. From 1973 to 1985, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT, and in 1985, he was promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering.
From 1989 until 1999 Dr. Shapiro served as Associate Department Head of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1999 he became the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 2001 until 2011 Dr. Shapiro served as Director of RLE.
From 2007 through 2011 Dr. Shapiro served as Co-Director of the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT) He is presently Co-Director of the NSF IGERT Program “Interdisciplinary Quantum Information Science and Engineering (iQuISE)”.
Dr. Shapiro’s research interests have centered on the application of communication theory to optical systems. He is best known for his work on the generation, detection, and application of squeezed-state light beams, but he has also published extensively in the areas of atmospheric optical communication, coherent laser radar, and quantum information science.
Dr. Shapiro is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, of the Optical Society of America, of the American Physical Society, and of the Institute of Physics, and he is a member of SPIE (The International Society for Optical Engineering). He has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory and the Journal of the Optical Society of America, and was the Principal Organizer of the Sixth International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC’02).
In 2008 Dr. Shapiro was co-recipient of the Quantum Electronics Award from the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (now the IEEE Photonics Society), and he received the Quantum Communication Award for Theoretical Research from Tamagawa University.