Lawrence E. Tannas, Jr. (Panel Co-chair)

Tannas Electronics
1426 Dana Place
Orange, CA 92666

Lawrence Tannas, Jr., president of Tannas Electronics, is an internationally- recognized consultant and lecturer on electronic information displays--consulting on technology, market studies, designs and design reviews, technology tours of Asia, and so on. He received his BSEE (1959) and MSEE (1960) degrees from UCLA. Before beginning his consulting business in 1983, he worked as individual contributor and engineering manager at GE Research Laboratories, Honeywell, Martin Marietta, Rockwell International, and Aerojet ElectroSystems. While at Honeywell, he invented the backup reentry guidance display for the Apollo Reentry Vehicle; while at Rockwell International, he developed the engineering prototype LC display for the world's first full-scale LC display production; and while at Aerojet ElectroSystems, he perfected a manufacturing process for EL displays. In addition to display device design and development, his career has encompassed displays specifications and standards, applications, and marketing. Mr. Tannas has been awarded seven patents, a NASA Disclosure and NASA Certificate of Recognition. He has published numerous articles as well as a book entitled Flat- Panel Displays and CRT's.

William E. Glenn (Panel Co-chair)

Image Systems Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431

William E. Glenn, Distinguished University Research Professor, is currently the director of the Imaging Systems Laboratory at Florida Atlantic University. The Imaging Systems Laboratory specializes in advanced television technology. Before assuming his present position, he was Director of the New York Institute of Technology Science and Technology Research Center (1975-1989) and Vice President and Director of Research at CBS Laboratories (1967-75). From 1952 to 1957, he was a member of the staff of the General Electric Research Laboratory, where he developed the GE light-valve ("Talaria") projector. Dr. Glenn received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1946, and his MS and PhD (1952) in the same field from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers, which recently awarded him the David Sarnoff Gold Medal. Dr. Glenn holds 105 U.S. issued patents and has published over 60 papers.

Thomas Credelle

Apple Computer MS 60K
20705 Valley Green Dr.
Cupertino, CA 96014

Thomas Credelle is currently manager of Portable Display Engineering at Apple Computer. He received his BS degree from Drexel University and his MS degree from the University of Massachusetts, both in electrical engineering. He joined the RCA Laboratories in 1970 and carried out investigations in electro-optic devices and holography. In 1972 he joined a group to research flat-panel displays for wall TV; he was appointed head of the group in 1980. In 1983 Mr. Credelle started a research program to develop active matrix LCDs for TV applications; he was responsible for both amorphous and poly-Si thin-film transistor research. He joined the GE Central Research and Development Center in 1986 to lead the efforts to commercialize active matrix LCDs for avionic applications. In 1991, he joined Apple Computer, where he is responsible for all flat-panel activities.

J. William Doane

Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

J. William Doane, Director of the Liquid Crystal Institute and Professor of Physics at Kent State University, earned his PhD degree from the University of Missouri. He joined the faculty of Kent State University in 1965. He directs the NSF Science and Technology Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM), a consortium of Kent, Case Western Reserve and Akron Universities. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, he has written 137 articles and holds eight patents. He is a principal investigator and executive committee member of DARPA National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology (NCIPT). He has served on the editorial board of Liquid Crystals, the board of directors of Optical Imagining Systems, and currently is treasurer of the International Liquid Crystal Society. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; the Australian National University, Canberra; and the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He maintains applied and basic research laboratories on optics and nuclear magnetic resonance of liquid crystalline materials.

Arthur H. Firester

David Sarnoff Research Center, CN5300
Princeton, NJ 0843-5300

Arthur Firester received his BA cum laude in physics from Brandeis University (1962) and his MA (1964) and PhD (1967) in physics from Princeton University. His research includes optical spectroscopy, holography, lasers and nonlinear optics, optical recording, display device production, engineering and instrumentation, amorphous silicon solar cells (research, fabrication, and application), microwave materials, devices, applications, and systems, flat display technologies, applied mathematics and physics focused on physical system simulation and electron optics design, and software and database engineering. He received four RCA Laboratories Outstanding Achievement Awards, is the author of numerous scientific papers, holds more than 20 U.S. patents, and is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Society for Information Displays, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Malcolm J. Thompson

Xerox Corporation
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Malcolm Thompson obtained his BSc and PhD in applied physics in the United Kingdom, where he first worked for the Ministry of Technology on thin-film materials for infrared devices. He then became a research fellow in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, where he studied amorphous semiconductor materials and crystalline III-V compounds. His research focused on thin-film deposition techniques, characterization of electronic properties of thin films, and device processing. He subsequently became lecturer and senior lecturer in the department. After spending a sabbatical year at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), he joined the center as a member of the research staff in 1982. There, he continued his work on thin-film technology and devices for product applications in scanning, printing, and displays. Currently, he is manager of the Electronic and Imaging Laboratory at PARC, which has about 80 people working on materials and devices for flat-panel displays and other large- area electronics applications. He has built a large center of expertise at PARC, producing amorphous silicon and poly-silicon transistors on large-area substrates, which are the electronic technologies used in high-density liquid crystal displays. He was responsible for establishing a large-area amorphous silicon manufacturing facility in Japan.

He has published over 100 scientific papers, has contributed to several books, and holds several patents in the area of thin-film devices and their applications. He has received several awards for technology innovation and management, and in 1989 he was given the Xerox President's Award for his work in this area. He is presently co-chairman of several international conferences and serves on several technical society committees.

Published: June 1992; WTEC Hyper- Librarian