Taking New Display Technologies to Market
Aris Silzars, PhD
19916 NE 30th Ct.
Sammamish, WA 98074
For the past several years, Dr. Silzars' career has been dedicated to the task of taking new display technologies to market. In support of this, he is currently working with a number of large corporations as well as several early-stage companies to help them develop nascent display technologies into successful products.
He started his career as a research engineer but soon moved into managing groups of engineers (as large as 400) developing new display and solid-state technologies. This led to the management of both the development and manufacturing of displays and solid-state devices. Subsequently, he managed the overall business strategy and operations of organizations ranging from start-ups to businesses with over $50 million in annual revenue. He has had the opportunity to work with companies as large and established as DuPont, as research oriented as the David Sarnoff Research Center, and as new as start-ups in the initial funding stages.
Dr. Silzars received his B.A. in physics from Reed College in 1963, and his M.A. in physics and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Utah in 1969. After completing his PhD studies, he joined the Watkins-Johnson Company to work on a variety of electron-beam addressed signal-processing devices. In 1974, his career interests took him to Tektronix where over the next thirteen years he held a variety of technical and business management positions to develop and implement display and solid-state technologies into Tektronix products. In 1989, he took on the responsibility of managing the start-up of a new electronic materials business for the DuPont Company and in 1994 he joined the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N.J. as Director of the Display Research Laboratory.
He has been awarded eleven U.S. patents and has dozens of published papers in major technical journals. He has written "A View from the Hilltop" column on various aspects of the display industry for Information Display magazine and has presented keynote talks and seminars on how display technologies will evolve and on the importance of manufacturing and marketing in bringing new display technologies to market.
He is currently active in the Society for Information Display as Past President and Chair of the Publications Committee. He is a past Senior Member of the IEEE. In 1993, he organized and chaired the successful First Annual Display Manufacturing Technology Conference. During 1994 and 1995, he was instrumental in building on the success of this conference to create a partnership between SID, SEMI, and USDC for a major new display industry event -- Display Works '96, '97, and '98. In 2004 he was general Chair of the International SID Symposium.