Kevin Gifford

Kevin Gifford

Research Professor • Faculty Director of the Computer Science Coursera MS Program

University of Colorado Boulder

About Kevin Gifford

Kevin Gifford’s research focus is in wireless engineering. Prior to joining the Department of Computer Science, Kevin was a faculty member in aerospace engineering sciences at CU Boulder for 20 years. In his communications-related work, notable contributions include:

  • Leading the teams that were the very first to fly the Linux operating system on both the Space Shuttle (1996) and on the International Space Station (2000).
  • In 2012, Kevin was a lead member of the NASA Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) team. Kevin lead the team that established the first two Interplanetary Internet nodes onboard the International Space Station enabling Internet-based communications in the vast and harsh environment of space.
  • In 2013, Kevin composed the NASA Institutional DTN deployment plan, and in 2015 DTN service provision was a seminal NASA-provided space communications service available or all International Space Station partners.
  • Kevin is the Working Group chairman of the Wireless Working Group, for the ISO affiliated Consultative Committee on Space Data Systems, CCSDS.