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Gilbert Herrera Returns to NSA as Research Director

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Gilbert Herrera
Gilbert Herrera Research Director National Security Agency

Gilbert Herrera, a nearly four-decade veteran of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and member of the U.S. National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), has rejoined the National Security Agency (NSA) to serve as research director.

He will oversee a directorate responsible for developing technologies intended to support the agency's signals intelligence and cybersecurity operations, NSA said Thursday in a LinkedIn post.

Herrera previously worked at NSA as director of microsystems science and technology from 2006 to 2015 and as director of its physical sciences laboratory from 2015 to 2018.

The Department of Energy (DOE) appointed him in October 2020 to serve for a three-year term on NQIAC, which is made up of government, industry and academic professionals who offer advice to the White House on quantum information science matters.

Herrera serves as a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.