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.