He is also responsible for the IBM Academy, a self-governed organization of 800 executives and senior technical leaders from across IBM, having been appointed to this position in December 2005. In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research as a staff member, leading the development of silicon, germanium, and other high-performance technologies over a period of 10 years. In 1992, he was appointed an IBM Fellow by IBM’s Chairman, and in 2003 he assumed operational responsibility for IBM’s global semiconductor research and development efforts. In that role Dr. Meyerson led the world’s largest semiconductor development consortium—members being IBM, Sony, Toshiba, AMD, Samsung, Chartered Semiconductor, and Infineon. He has received numerous awards for his work. Dr. Meyerson was cited as Inventor of the Year by the New York State Legislature in 1998 and was recognized as United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the U.S. IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark Office in 1999. He was most recently recognized in May 2008 as Inventor of the Year by the New York State Intellectual Property Law Association. He has published more than 180 papers and owns more than 40 patents. Dr. Meyerson has a Ph.D. in physics from the City College of New York.
ELSA REICHMANIS (NAE) is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her National Academy of Engineering (NAE) citation is for “the discovery, development, and engineering leadership of new families of lithographic materials and processes that enable VLSI [very large scale integration] manufacturing.” Her research is at the interface of chemistry, materials science, optics, electronics, and engineering, spanning the range from fundamental concept to technology development and implementation. Her research is focused on organic and polymer materials design for electronic and photonic applications. She is experienced in leading cross-cultural, multidisciplinary research teams and in generating value for intellectual property through patent and technology license agreements. Dr. Reichmanis has published extensively; has organized national and international workshops, symposia, and conferences; and has mentored students and post-doctoral fellows and taught courses. She has received numerous awards and has more than 150 publications, more than 15 patents, and 5 books to her credit. Dr. Reichmanis received her B.S. in chemistry and her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Syracuse University.
JOEL M. SCHNUR is a professor in the College of Science at George Mason University (GMU). Dr. Schnur retired from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 2008. His role at GMU is to stimulate new science of “impact” across department lines in GMU’s College of Science and to initiate collaborations in the College of Engineering. As Director of the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at NRL, Dr. Schnur provided scientific direction and management in the areas of complex bio/molecular systems with the aim of modifying structures in ways that will lead to the development of useful devices, techniques, and systems of use for the Navy and the Department of Defense. Dr. Schnur’s research interests focus on understanding the relationship between the structure of molecules and observed macroscopic phenomena. This interest has led to his publications in the areas of critical phenomena, liquid crystals, picosecond spectroscopy, high-pressure and shock-related phenomena, self-assembly of biologically derived microstructures, and, recently, bio-based power sources bioinformatics, systems biology, and genomics. Dr. Schnur has more than 150 publications and issued patents, which have led to more than 3,000 citations; 20 of his more than 40 patents have produced or are currently producing royalties. He received his A.B. in chemistry from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Georgetown University.