Gregory L. Tangonan, PhD

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Director, Ateneo Innovation Center

Chairperson, Electronics and Semiconductors Panel, of the Congressional Commission on Science and Technology and Engineering (COMSTE)

President, Asia Pacific Technical Strategies

Retired Director of R&D, Hughes Research Laboratories (Los Angeles, CA);

Holder of 38 U.S. patents, author/co-author of more than 100 published papers;

Distinguished Inventor Awardee, Hughes Research Laboratories in 2000, 2001, and 2002

Professional Experience

Dr. Tangonan joined Hughes in 1971 after receiving the Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship for studies at the California Institute of Technology. During his doctoral studies, he performed research in superconductivity and amorphous metals at Cal Tech and participated in optical device research at Hughes Research Laboratory. Dr. Tangonan has pioneered integrated waveguide detectors, Bragg modulators in LiTaO3 and LiNbO3, and glass-based couplers for wavelength multiplexing and coupling. He has been instrumental in developing applications of optoelectronics in radar, optical networking, and analog systems.

Dr. Tangonan was promoted to Director of Research in Communications and Photonics reporting directly to the President of HRL Laboratories. His work at HRL focused on the exploitation of wireless technologies for broadband access to interactive services, laser communications, optoelectronic devices and subsystems for RF systems, and novel inter-networking systems. Dr. Tangonan was responsible for setting the Strategic Technical Investments of the Owners of HRL – Boeing, General Motors and Raytheon.

Present Status

After 31 years with HRL Laboratories, Dr. Tangonan retired from HRL Laboratories to pursue newinterests. During the last few years at HRL Dr. Tangonan became very interested in the business side of technology and is the President of his Asia Pacific Technical Strategies. The company pursues strategic research and development projects that can be translated into Intellectual Property assets or start-up companies.

Dr. Tangonan joined the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines as Adjunct Professor in the Loyola School of Science and Engineering. He is responsible for research in the areas of biomedical engineering, wireless and optical communications and material science. He is very active in the development of Intellectual Property, and has, with several of the Ateneo faculty, filed U.S. Patents on their research.

In the last two years he has taught a class called Innovation and Technology to last year engineering and science undergraduates. This class delves into the global competitive environment, the role that innovation plays in determining success or failure in almost every industry today, and how Filipino innovators can become successful through strategic planning of technology development.

Publications /Awards

Dr. Tangonan is co-author of >100 published papers and presentations in the fields of fiber optics, integrated optics, laser spectroscopy and amorphous materials. Dr. Tangonan has 48 U.S. patents. He has presented numerous papers at international forums in optoelectronics. Dr. Tangonan is a member of the Optical Society of America, IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Tangonan has received several major awards for his work. Among them are two R&D 100 Awards for

New Products and Technologies. The first R&D 100 Award in 1994 was for Secure Fiber Optics Technology and the second R&D 100 Award was for Optical Networking Node Technology for All-Optical Switched Networks. Dr. Tangonan received several Published Paper- of-the-Year awards from HRL Laboratories. Dr. Tangonan received the Distinguished Inventor Award from HRL in 2000, 2001, and 2002.


B.S. (Physics), Ateneo de Manila University Philippines, 1969;M.S. (Physics), California State University at Long Beach, 1971;M.S. (Applied Physics), California Institute of Technology, 1972; Ph.D. (Applied Physics), California Institute of Technology, 1975



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