Presidents Panel

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Exhibit Hall A, Stage Area Booth 168
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Please join us as some of our Past Presidents take us on a walk down memory lane, sharing some highlights of their respective Presidencies as well as the scientific climate of that time. Their brief presentations will be followed by a Panel Discussion where questions from the audience will be welcome.



Dr. Joe Greene is the D.B. Willett Professor of Materials Science at the University of Illinois, the Tage Erlander Professor of Materials Physics at Linköping University, Sweden, and a Chaired Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.  The focus of his research has been the development of an atomic-level understanding of adatom/surface interactions during the dynamic process of vapor-phase crystal growth in order to controllably manipulate
nanochemistry, nanostructure, and, hence, physical properties. His work has involved film growth by all forms of sputter deposition, solid and gas-source MBE, UHV-CVD, MOCVD, and ALE. 
Joe has published more than 625 papers and review articles, 29 book chapters, and co-edited four books in the general areas of crystal growth, thin-film physics, and surface science. In particular, he has used energetic accelerated condensing species and UV photochemistry for probing as well as stimulating surface reactions that do not proceed thermally.
He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Thin Solid Films and Past Editor of CRC Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences. He is active in AVS where he has served as a Trustee, Chair of the Thin Film and Advanced Surface Engineering Divisions, member of the Board of Directors, President of the Society, and is currently Clerk.  He has also chaired the Thin Film Division, the Education Committee, and the Emerging Countries Committee of the International
Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications (IUVSTA) and served on the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics and the Executive Committee of the Materials Physics Division of APS. He is presently the AVS representative to IUVSTA.  Major awards include the John A. Thornton Memorial Award (1991) from AVS for “outstanding research in thin films;” the Tage Erlander Award (1991) from the Swedish Natural Science Research Council for “contributions to the physics and chemistry of thin films;” Senior University of Illinois Scholar (1991) for “distinction as a member of the faculty;” an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree (1992) from Linköping University; Fellow of AVS (1993); the Technical Excellence Award from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for “outstanding research contributions in the development of lowenergy accelerated-ion doping during MBE Si and Si1 xGex film growth” (1994); the 1996 DOE Award for Sustained Outstanding Research; the 1998 David Adler Award in Materials Physics from the American Physical Society for “outstanding research and lecturing on the physics and chemistry of thin films;” Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998); the 1998 Aristotle Award from SRC for “career achievement in outstanding graduate student teaching in its broadest sense;” the D.B. Willett Professor of Engineering, the 1999 MRS David Turnbull Award for “contributions to the use of nonthermal methods in the growth of thin films and the engineering of their phase, composition, and microstructure; and for excellence in teaching and writing;” the 2001 International Scientist of the Year for “contributions to thin film science;” election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2003 for “pioneering studies in the synthesis and characterization of epitaxial and highly-ordered polycrystalline materials;” Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013); Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) from the Taiwan Association for Coatings and Thin Film Technology for "seminal contributions to understanding the physics, chemistry, and materials science
of thin films and nanoclusters; the SVC Mentor Award (2015); the 2016 World Expert Lecturer Award, University of the Philippines; the Sarton International History of Science Award from the History of Science Society (2016); elected in 2017as a member of the EU Academy of Sciences, and received the Nathaniel Sugarman Award from SVC in 2018 for “seminal scientific and educational contributions to the atomistic-level understanding of the synthesis of nanostructured thin films.”


Dr. Gary E. McGuire is the President and Chief Technical Officer of the International Technology Center, a non-profit research corporation which has fostered two spin-off small businesses, Adámas Nanotechnologies, Inc. and Rivis, Inc. Dr. McGuire received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and conducted Post-doctoral studies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory before joining Texas Instruments where he conducted research on surfaces of semiconductor materials. Later after joining Tektronix he held several management positions directing research in electronic, display and color copier materials. He joined the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina in 1987 and was initially the Director of Electronic Materials and Devices and later Director of Business Development.
Dr. McGuire has over 130 publications plus 35 books and book chapters.
He was Series Editor for Electronic Materials and Processing (48 text) for William-Andrews Publishers, an imprint of Elsevier.  He has served as Editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy, Surface Science Spectra, and served on the Editorial Boards of Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Science and the Journal of Surface and Interface Analysis.
He has served in a number of AVS capacities including President, member of Board of Directors, Board of Trustees and Chair of the Electronic and Photonics Division. He is an AVS Fellow and Honorary Member. He is recipient of the Nerkin Award jointly with Olga A. Shenderova for contributions to the development of nanodiamond synthesis, processing, science, and applications. 



Dr. Rudolf (Rudy) Ludeke is an Emeritus Research Staff Member of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His educational milestones include an electrical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University in 1968. He joined IBM soon thereafter.  His scientific interests span a broad range of topics in material science and physics of semiconductors, with particular emphasis on surface and interface characterization of heterostructures, Schottky barriers and dielectric multilayers. His scientific work has led to over 130 publications in the open literature, 3 book chapters and numerous invited presentations. Among research highlights he counts the co-invention (with L. Esaki and R. Tsu) of the man-made semiconductor superlattice, its first realization by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and verification of its nanometer sized periodicity. Another highlight was the observation and characterization of surface states using core level spectroscopies, including electron energy loss and synchrotron radiation excited photoemission spectroscopies on in-situ cleaved and MBE grown compound semiconductors. Both of these investigations led to IBM Corporate Outstanding Innovation Awards. He also made significant contributions in the advancement of scanning probe techniques, particularly in Ballistic Electron Emission Microscopy (BEEM) and AFM-based surface potential microscopy. External recognitions include an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 1977-78 at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics, Stuttgart, Germany, and election to Fellow of the American Physical Society. At IBM he has held a number of management positions, rising to Senior Manager in the Semiconductor Sciences and Technology Department with responsibility for research groups in Electronic Properties, Surface Physics and Physics of Defects. He has extensively contributed to the scientific establishment by serving on numerous committees and organizing symposia and meetings, such as the Conferences on Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductors Interfaces (PCSI)and the International Conferences on the Formation of Compound Semiconductor Interfaces.

For AVS, Rudy has served in the past as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology (JVST) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Electronic Materials and Processing Division (EMPD). He was the EMPD Program Chair for the 1996 National Symposium, and Chair of the EMPD in 1997. He served on the AVS Board of Directors from 1997-1998 and served as AVS President in 2002 and subsequently as Trustee. He was the Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee from 1997-1999. For his contributions to AVS, Rudy was presented with an AVS Honorary Membership award in 2009. Presently, he is the chair of the Governance subcommittee on Outreach/Governance/Public Science and coordinates AVS’s annual participation in the Congressional Visits Day. He also has been the lead organizer of 7 American Institute of Physics (AIP) co-sponsored Industrial Physics Forums held at AVS’s International Symposiums since 2006.

At present Rudy is the AVS designated director on the Board of Directors of AIP, a position he held since 1998. He has served on multiple AIP committees over the years, including the Executive Committee and chair of former Physics Resources Advisory Committee. In 2016 he was elected interim Chair of the AIP Board of Directors and Chair of the AIP Publishing Board of Managers, serving for 9 months. As board chair he promoted the formation of the Public Policy Advisory Committee to advise the board on science policy issues and public advocacy of interest and concern to AIP and its member societies. He is presently a member of this committee, as well as the Governance/Nominations and Membership committees.


Dr. Steven M. George is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University (1977) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley (1983).  Dr. George is directing a research effort focusing on atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic layer etching (ALE) and molecular layer deposition (MLD).  This research is examining new surface chemistry, measuring thin film growth and etching rates, and developing new applications and reactors for ALD, ALE and MLD.  Dr. George has more than 400 publications in the areas of thin film growth and etching, surface science, and physical chemistry.  He has over 24,000 total citations and his H-index is 78 (September 2018).  In addition, he currently has 19 issued U.S. or PCT patents and 11 U.S. or PCT patent applications undergoing review.  

Dr. George has been active in the AVS.  He was a Trustee (2007-2009), Chair of the Trustees (2009) and on the Board of Directors (2010-2012).  He also served as President-Elect (2013), President (2014) and Past-President (2015).  Dr. George was also Program Chair for the AVS-52 International Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts (2005).  He was Vice Chair (2001) and Chair (2002) of the Thin Film Division (TFD).  In addition, he has been on the TFD Program Committee since 1999 and the PSTD Program Committee since 2016.  He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Electronic Materials and Processing Division (1996-1997).  Dr. George is currently on the AVS Steering Committees for the International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition and the International Atomic Layer Etching Workshop.  He also teaches a one-day short course on ALD and introduced a half-day webinar on ALE in 2018. 
Dr. George has received a number of awards including the John A. Thornton Memorial Award from the AVS (2017) and the ALD Innovation Award from the AVS International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (2013).  He also received an R&D 100 Award for Particle-ALDTM (2004), an NSF Creativity Award (2002-2004), an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988-1993), and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1988).  Dr. George is a Fellow of the AVS (2000) and the APS (1997).  He is also a co-founder of ALD NanoSolutions, Inc., a company that is working to commercialize ALD technology.


Dr. Alison A. Baski is Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Physics at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly Pomona in 2016, she spent 20 years at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as department chair (2006-2011), executive associate dean (2011-2015) and interim dean (2015-2016) in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Alison earned a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Colorado-Boulder (1987) and a Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University (1991), followed by postdocs at BASF (1991-1993) and the Naval Research Laboratory (1993-1996). She has authored 110 publications in peer reviewed journals and proceedings and has given numerous invited and conference talks on her research. Alison was recognized as an AAAS Fellow in 2010 and as an AVS Fellow in 2015 for her “contributions to the fundamental investigation of semiconductor surfaces using scanning probe techniques and for STEM leadership with the university, community and profession.” Since 1990, Alison has been an active member of AVS and has served in a variety of capacities, including as Program Chair (2005-2006) and Chair (2006-2007) of the Surface Science Division, as a member of the Board of Directors (2008-2010), President (2012), chair of the Governance Committee (2014-2015), member of the Publications Committee (2015-present) and as the AVS Member Society representative to AIP (2015-present). For more than a decade, she has also helped represent AVS during its annual participation in STEM Congressional Visits Day to highlight the importance of STEM research and education to our congressional representatives. This event is organized by ASTRA (Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America) and in 2018 Alison joined their Board of Directors to provide her perspective as a STEM researcher/educator and as a member of AVS for nearly three decades.