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The U.S. Display Consortium(USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with
developing the flat panel display (FPD) industry infrastructure, today announced
that Michael McCreary, Ph.D. (E Ink Corporation), has been elected chairman of the
USDC's governing board. Also newly voted onto the board were industry
experts James R. Buntaine, Ph.D. (Eastman Kodak Company), Steven Freilich,
Ph.D. (DuPont), and Daniel Gamota, Ph.D. (Motorola). Dr. McCreary replaces
Dr. Diego Olego, chairman of USDC's board since 2004. McCreary continues to
serve as executive vice president of research and development for E Ink on
top of his role at the USDC.
"We would like to thank Diego for his dedication and commitment to the
USDC during his term as chairman. Through his leadership efforts, the USDC
has succeeded in spearheading more than 25 R&D contracts to support future
display innovations, including our newest initiative aimed at developing
the flexible, printed and organic electronics (FPO) market," noted USDC
President Michael Ciesinski.
Ciesinski added, "Mike's in-depth knowledge and commitment to enabling
the flexible displays and electronics market makes him an ideal candidate
as chairman of our governing board. Having already been heavily involved
with the USDC as a board member, Mike's new role will be to keep the USDC
centrally focused on the display space, while leading the consortium in new
directions. I am especially pleased that Jim, Steve and Dan will also help
drive forward USDC's FPO initiative."
In his new role, McCreary is chartered with overseeing the USDC's
decisions on policy, program content and disposition of funds available to
the consortium for sponsoring FPD technology-related R&D projects. During
his term, he will also work with the governing board and all USDC
stakeholders to further steer the USDC in a strategic direction that will
increase the consortium's value in the electronics industry and the
application areas it serves.
"I look forward to leading USDC's governing board, which has played an
enabling role in the electronics display industry through its R&D and
business development programs," said McCreary. "Now, there are exciting
opportunities to further extend display capabilities, as well as drive
development of new processes in related areas such as the FPO arena. The
USDC will be at the forefront of these new technologies, providing even
more substantial value to its private-sector and federal partners."
About the USDC's Newest Board Members:
As E Ink's vice president of research and advanced development, Dr.
McCreary is responsible for the creation of a new generation flexible,
paper- like displays utilizing novel electrophoretic inks. With more than
32 years of imaging experience, he also is a board member-elect of the
Arizona State University-led Flexible Display Center. Dr. McCreary holds a
bachelor's degree with honors from Principia College and a Ph.D. in
physical organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As the chief technology officer and vice president of Kodak's display
business unit, Dr. Buntaine is responsible for technology development,
product delivery and intellectual property creation associated with the
company's Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Optical Display Film
businesses. Buntaine received his bachelor's degree from Clark University
and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in solid-state chemistry.
Dr. Freilich serves as director of materials science and engineering
for DuPont's Central R&D group, focusing on nanotechnology, display and
electronic materials, precision patterning, sustainable energy and
fluorinated materials. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from
Amherst College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Dr. Gamota is the director of printed electronics in physical
realization research at Motorola Labs, which focuses on the development of
consumer electronics products using nanoscale electrically functional inks
and graphic arts printing platforms. He earned his master's degree in
business administration from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from the
University of Michigan.
About U.S. Display Consortium
The USDC is an industry-led public/private partnership providing a
common platform for flexible electronics and display manufacturers,
developers, integrators and the supplier base. Headquartered in San Jose,
Calif., the consortium's primary mission is to fund supply-chain projects
and share the results with member companies. The USDC provides a
communication channel among industry, government and financial communities
for flexible electronics and display industry issues; sponsors conferences
and workshops to broaden the impact of technological developments; and
educates consumers on the importance of flexible electronics and displays
in providing access to information technology.
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