Director, Institute For Telecommunication Sciences

Dr. Sheryl M. Genco joined NTIA in May 2020 as Director of the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. Dr. Genco has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and management, having held technical and management positions at a wide range of organizations including Honeywell Corporation, IBM, Ball Aerospace, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her career has focused on the development of new technologies and moving research into operation. Dr. Genco was most recently the Senior Research and Development Manager for Engineering at Honeywell Quantum Solutions, where she led an organization developing systems for quantum computing based on trapped ions. At NIST, she led the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network, managing programs in the areas of LTE-3.5GHz, GPS, AWS-3, and Fifth Generation Advanced Training Waveform. Dr. Genco co-founded an engineering R&D company that developed synthetic nanomaterials. The precise nanomaterials were produced in large volumes for lunar simulants for NASA, glass fiber manufacturing processes, microsphere production and other applications with Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Genco also founded a STEM focused K-8 public school that has won multiple awards, including the prestigious John Irwin School of Excellence award. The school has educated more than 13,000 students in its decade and a half of continuous operation. Dr. Genco received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado’s Center of Excellence in Optoelectronic Systems, and she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering.