Robert J. Davis joined Nanotech West in September 2005 as Director. Davis has over thirty years of experience in micro- and nanofabrication as applied to high-speed semiconductor devices, electro-optical devices, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Prior to his arrival at Ohio State he was at TriQuint Semiconductor Texas, where at different times he managed the Process Engineering photolithography and electron beam lithography teams. As head of lithography, his fourteen-member group had responsibility for numerous lithography tools in a military- and space-qualified fabrication line.
Davis is also the former Co-Director of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC, at www.pvic.org), an Ohio Third Frontier (OTF) / Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) Program. PVIC was initially supported by $18.6M from the State of Ohio (Ohio State share: $7M) and $29M in support and cost-share from its members; its goal was advancing the research, development, and commercialization of photovoltaics (solar cells) in Ohio. The OSU PVIC activity has now been expanded into the Ohio Sensor and Semiconductor Innovation Platform (OSSIP) program, which has an even broader mission of technology development in the State of Ohio. It is also funded ($2.54M over three years) by OTF/ODSA; Davis is Principal Investigator (PI) and Nanotech West Associate Director John Carlin is one of two co-PIs.
Davis is one of three Associate Directors of the Institute for Materials Research at OSU, is a participating faculty member/lecturer in the OSU Art and Technology Program, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at OSU.
Prior to joining TriQuint, he was Associate Director of the Nanofabrication Facility at Penn State University and a member of the faculty of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, and in addition was part of the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory. Davis has also been a Visiting Scientist at the IBM Yorktown Heights Research Division and the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. Between 1992-1993 he was a tenure-track faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department at Columbia University.
Davis holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University where he studied under Prof. Ed Wolf, who was director of what is now the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. He has published over thirty papers in refereed journals ranging from MEMS, advanced plasma etching and associated damage, advanced semiconductor lasers, and e-beam nanolithography. His updated CV can be found here. His former graduate students from Penn State and Columbia can be found at a variety of startup companies, US government laboratories, and Wall Street, NYC. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the IEEE.