Steve Van Slyke received his B.S. in Chemistry at Ithaca College and an M.S. in Materials Science at RIT. Mr. Van Slyke joined Eastman Kodak in 1979 and is a co-inventor of organic thin film electroluminescence. He has been active in all phases of organic electroluminescence research and development and is currently leading several programs that are developing high-volume manufacturing techniques for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). A leading authority on OLED technology, Mr. Van Slyke has published and presented over 20 papers and holds 14 patents in the areas of OLED materials and device architecture.


Having served with three federal agencies in positions of increasing responsibility, Dr. Wessner brings a unique perspective on Washington policy developments and international cooperation. He also has extensive overseas experience, both as an international civil servant with the OECD and as a senior officer with the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. Since joining the National Research Council, the operational arm of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, he has led several major studies, has a rapidly growing list of publications, and works closely with the senior levels of the U.S. government.

His work focuses on the linkages between science-based economic growth, new technology development, and international investment and trade in high technology industries. Recent work encompasses a White House-initiated study on U.S. aerospace competitiveness and a review of international competition and cooperation in high-technology industry. Currently, he directs a portfolio of activities centered around government measures to support the development of new technologies which have contributed to the New Economy. Projects now under way include Government-Industry Partnerships, including a Congressionally-mandated study of the Small Business Innovation Research Program, and a major project on Measuring and Sustaining the New Economy.

Dr. Wessner frequently testifies before congressional committees interested in STEP’s work and most recently briefed congressional staff on the largest independent assessment of the SBIR program resulting from the Partnerships Program. Dr. Wessner also testifies before national commissions such as the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission and the Aerospace Offsets Commission. He lectures frequently at such universities as Harvard, College of William & Mary, George Mason, Georgetown, George Washington, Nottingham, Potsdam, and Helsinki University of Technology, as well as the ZEW in Mannheim, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.

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