My name is Harry Shaw and I serve as a Staff Engingeer at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, USA. My expertise is space communications including quantum communications. My personal area of R&D involves generation of next generation cryptography tools through the combined use of nucleic acid-protein modeling, information theory, and digital signal processing theory.


Background and Experience


I have over 30 years of experience in technology development, computer networking, information theory, microelectronic space communications, and quantum communications.

Some of my current responsibilities include:

  • Sustaining Engineering Manager for the Space Network Project Office which oversees long-term planning, anomaly analysis and resolution for the TDRS fleet.

  • Support planning of optical communications ground stations to serve LEO, GEO, and lunar missions concepts.

  • Lead multiple research and development efforts in the area of CubeSat and Small Satellite missions targeted at LEO, GEO and deep space mission applications.

  • Lead the research and development activities of several student interns at diverse universities involved in space communication research utilizing microwave, optical, and quantum [technology].

  •  Serve as the GSFC representative to The International Committee on Technical Interchange for Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems (SpaceOps)




George Washington University

Doctor of Science, Electrical Engineering


George Washington University

Master of Science, Electrical Engineering 


University of Maryland University College

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science



1. Helping university faculty develop NASA-themed capstone projects. I work with a number of Universities in this area

2. Encouraging diversity in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields. I lead a team that is actively working to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in fields such as quantum communications, optical communications, AI/ML

3. I am part of a NASA effort that brings in students as interns to work on NASA related projects, primarily in some aspect of space communications and navigation. However other internship subjects outside of space communications and navigation are often sought after


Partial list of Publications

Cowper, Noah, Harry Shaw, and David Thayer. "Chaotic Quantum Key Distribution." Cryptography 4.3 (2020): 24.

L. Ai and H. C. Shaw, "Modifications to multi-beam systems for DRRM," 36th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC 2018), Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, 2018, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1049/cp.2018.1695.

Shaw, Harry, Nagarajan Pattabiraman, Deborah Preston, Tatiana Ammosova, Yuri Obukhov, Sergei Nekhai, and Ajit Kumar. "Information theory and signal processing methodology to identify nucleic acid-protein binding sequences in RNA-protein interactions." In 2019 53rd Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), pp. 1-6. IEEE, 2019.

Harry Shaw, Joshua Heiner, David Thayer, Guangning Yang, Haleh Safavi, Virginia Ayres, Esam El-Araby,  Shantanu Gupta, Mark Wan,  Yuqing Zhu, Naveed Naimipour, Concepts for Utilization of Quantum Communications and Quantum Key

Distribution, 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, Paper ID: 54941

Safavi, H., Shaw, H. and Naimipour, N., 2019. Polar Coding for Forward Error Correction in Space Communications, 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, Paper ID: 52751

Naimipour, N., Safavi, H., Shaw, H. and Soltanalian, M., 2019, Machine Learning Algorithms for Error Correction in Space Optical Communications Systems, 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, Paper ID: 52735

Naveed Mahmud, Esam El-Araby,  Harry Shaw, Lavida Cooper, Securing and auto-synchronizing communication over free-space optics using quantum key distribution and chaotic systems, Paper 10771-30 SPIE, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XVI, August 20, 2018 NASA GSFC

Heiner, J.J., Shaw, H.C., Thayer, D.R. and Bodyfelt, J.D., 2018. Nonlinear dynamic interpretation of quantum spin. arXiv preprint

Ma, Kenneth Y., Manuel Montoro, Harry Shaw, Tom Williams, Lawrence Woods, Albert Zimmerman, Jonathon Steele et al. "Battery Health Quantification for TDRS Spacecraft by Using Signature Discriminability Measurement." (2020), IEEE Aerospace; March 07, 2020 - March 14, 2020; Big Sky, MT; United States,

Ma, Kenneth Y., Manuel Montoro, Harry Shaw, Patel Mihir, Lawrence Woods, Thomas Williams, Jonathan Steele et al. "Utilization of Unsupervised Anomalies Detector as a Tool for Managing the TDRS Constellation at GSFC." (2019) 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019, Paper ID: 53033

Sobchak, Ted, Donald W. Shinners, and Harry Shaw. "NASA Space Network Project Operations Management: Past, Present and Future for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Constellation." In 2018 SpaceOps Conference, p. 2358. 2018.

Harry Shaw, A Cryptographic System Based upon the Principles of Gene Expression, Cryptography 2017, 1, 21; doi:10.3390/cryptography1030021

Dong, H., Panda, G., Xie, K., Ayres, V., Shaw, H., Preston, D., & Deshpande, M. (2017). Flying qubit investigations for heterostructure-based qubit implementations. In 2017 IEEE 17th International Conference on Nanotechnology, NANO 2017 (pp. 636-640).

US 8,898,479 B2, 11/25/2014, Integrated Genomic and Proteomic Security Protocol. Harry Shaw

Baktur, Reyhan, Harry Shaw, Serhat Altunc, Roger Hunter, and Christopher Baker. Integrated Solar-Panel Antenna Array for CubeSats. (2018), Small Satellite Conference; August 04, 2018 - August 09, 2018; Logan, UT; United States,

H. Shaw, S. Hussein, and H. Helgert, “Adaptive Self-Correcting Floating Point Source Coding Methodology for a Genomic Encryption Protocol”, International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 – 8887) Volume 55– No.3,  October 2012

Boroson, Don M; Scozzafava, Joseph J; Murphy, Daniel V; Robinson, Bryan S; Shaw, H; The lunar laser communications demonstration (LLCD) Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology, 2009. SMC-IT 2009. Third IEEE International Conference on, 23-28, 2009

Jacobs, B. W., V. M. Ayres, R. E. Stallcup, A. Hartman, M. A. Tupta, A. D. Baczewski, M. A. Crimp, J. B. Halpern, M. He, and H. C. Shaw. "Electron transport in zinc-blende wurtzite biphasic gallium nitride nanowires and GaNFETs." Nanotechnology 18, no. 47 (2007): 475710.

Rutledge, S. L., H. C. Shaw, J. B. Benavides, L. L. Yowell, Q. Chen, B. W. Jacobs, S. P. Song, and V. M. Ayres. "Self assembly and correlated properties of electrospun carbon nanofibers." Diamond and related materials 15, no. 4 (2006): 1070-1074.

Jacobs, B. W., V. M. Ayres, R. M. Ronningen, A. F. Zeller, E. H. Carey, M. A. Crimp, M. P. Petkov, S.L. Rutledge ,  J.B. Benavides,   H.C. Shaw et al. "Heavy Ion Interactions with Nanotubes and Nanowires." In APS March Meeting Abstracts, vol. 1, p. 1163. 2006.

Rutledge, Shavesha L; Shaw, Harry C; Waters, Paul F; Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes and Polymers to Increase the Performance of Co-Polymers and Polymer Blends for Space Flight Applications, Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering, 93, 2005

Shaw, HC; Liu, D; Jacobs, BW; Ayres, VM; Ronningen, RM; Zeller, AF; Crimp, MA; Halpern, J; He, MQ; Harris, GL; Performance of nanomaterials and actively running nanocircuits during heavy ion irradiation. 12th NASA symposium on VLSI design, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA, 5-Apr 2005         


Shaw, Harry, Jack Shue, David Liu, Bright Wang, and Jeanette Plante. "Advanced DC/DC Converters Towards Higher Volumetric Efficiencies For Space Applications." NASA Presentation (2005), 7th European Space Power Conference; May 09, 2005 - May 13, 2005; Stresa; Italy

Jin Kang ,Harry Shaw, Lin Pu, Gang Chen, Paul Mahaffy, Jeannette Plante,  “Low Cost, Miniature, Fiber-Based Spectrometers For Planetary Surface, Subsurface And Atmospheric Investigations”,  6th International Conference on Low Cost Planetary Missions, Presentation, Kyoto Japan, 2005

Jacobs, B. W., V. M. Ayres, M. A. Crimp, R. M. Ronningen, A. F. Zeller, H. C. Shaw, J. B. Benavides, A. J. Kogut, J. M. Halpern, and M. P. Petkov. "Investigation of Resiliency of Carbon Nanotubes and Gallium Nitride Nanocircuits to Simulated Space Radiation." In MRS Proceedings, vol. 851, pp. NN6-8. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Plante, Jeannette, Harry Shaw, Lisa Mickens, and Charles Johnson-Bey. "Overview of field programmable analog arrays as enabling technology for evolvable hardware for high reliability systems." In Evolvable Hardware, 2003. Proceedings. NASA/DoD Conference on, pp. 77-78. IEEE, 2003.

US 6,445,861 B1, 9/3/2002, Sol-Gel Processing To Form Doped, Sol-Gel Monoliths Inside Hollow Core Optical Fiber And Sol-Gel Core Fiber Devices Made Thereby. Harry Shaw, Melanie Ott, Michele Manuel (U of Florida)

Ott, Melanie, Juan Vela, Carl Magee, and Harry Shaw. "Reliability of Optical Fiber Modulators for Space Flight Environments." Sigma Research Engineering/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Tech. Rep (2002).

Jin U. Kang, Chang-Seok Kim, Ray Sova, J. B. Khurgin and H. Shaw, “High performance fiber lasers for UV-DIAL”, NASA Earth Science and Technology Technical Digest 2001, B1P1

Banker, Jeffrey, Jeremy Buckingham, Robert Caffrey, Ann Garrison, and Harry Shaw. "Fast and flexible development of multichip modules for space and other high-reliability applications." In Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 1997. 16th DASC. AIAA/IEEE, vol. 1, pp. 2-1. IEEE, 1997.

Hass, K. Joe, and Harry C. Shaw. "Cryogenic operation of ultra low power CMOS." In 9th NASA Symposium on VLSI Design, pages, vol. 3, pp. 1-3. 2000.

Benavides, Jeannette, Harry Shaw, and John H. Day. "A Controlled Arc Welding and Separation Processes for Carbon Nanotubes." (2001),

Kang, Jin U., Do-Hyun Kim, Jacob B. Khurgin, Nail N. Akhmediev, Haewook Han, Harry Shaw, and John H. Day. "Multi-Frequency Soliton Complex in Er/Yb-Doped Fiber Amplifier." (2001), CLEO 2001 Conference; July 15, 2001 - July 19, 2001; Tokyo; Japan,

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