LEONARD FRIER is President of MET Laboratories, Inc., the first licensed Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory in the United States. He is the founder and former President of MET Electrical Testing Company, Inc. He is a founding and charter member of the National Electrical Testing Association and member of American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Council of Independent Laboratories, and Telephone Industry Association. He is also Chairman of the American National Standards Institute's Z34 Committee of Certification and member of the ANSI Certification Committee.
STEVEN R. HIX is chairman and CEO of Sarif, Inc., Vancouver, Washington. Prior to founding the company, Hix was a cofounder of In Focus Systems, a manufacturer of flat panel displays. Hix was a cofounder of Planar Systems, Inc., where he held senior management positions from 1983 to 1986. Prior to 1983, Hix held management positions at Sigma Research, Inc., Tektronix, Inc., and Watkins Johnson Corporation. He also served for 21 years with the United States Navy, including 10 years as a project design engineer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
IVOR N. KNIGHT is President, Knight Communications Consultants, Clarksburg, Maryland. Prior to 1994, he was Vice President, Business Technology and Standards, for COMSAT World Systems, where he was involved with a broad range of communications satellite technology development and business activities. He is a founding member of the ANSI Accredited Standards Committee T1—Telecommunications, and the immediate past Chairman of that organization. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Standards Board, a Trustee of the Pacific Telecommunications Council, and the Chairman of the International Telecommunications Union Intersector Coordination Group on all Satellite Matters. He also serves in an advisory capacity to government and industry on international meetings and conferences dealing with telecommunications, trade, and technology.
DAVID C. MOWERY is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy in the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also taught at Carnegie-Mellon University. His research deals with the economics of technological innovation and with the effects of public policies on innovation. He has served on several National Research Council panels. In 1988, he served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. He has also testified before congressional committees and has consulted with various federal agencies and industrial firms. His publications include Technology and the Pursuit of Economic Growth; Alliance Politics and Economics: Multinational Joint Ventures in Commercial Aircraft; Technology and Employment: Innovation and Growth in the U.S. Economy; The Impact of Technology Change on Employment