LCI Director Emeritus Honored for Leadership in Liquid Crystal Education


Dr. J. W. (Bill) Doane, director emeritus of Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute ® (LCI), has been awarded the first-ever Slottow-Owaki Prize for Display Education by the Society for Information Display (SID).

Dr. Bill Doane, director emeritus of Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute, received the first-ever Slottow-Owaki Prize for Display Education by the Society for Information Display.
Photo by Jeff Glidden 

Dr. Bill Doane, director emeritus of Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute, received the first-ever Slottow-Owaki Prize for Display Education by the Society for Information Display.

The 2007 SID honors and awards were presented during Display Week 2007: The SID International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition on May 20-25, in Long Beach, Calif.

“Professor Doane has been recognized for his leadership of LCI and the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center,” says Dr. Chris King, chairperson for the symposium awards . “Under his direction, these institutes became the leading university-based display programs in the United States.”

As LCI director from 1983-96, Doane led the effort to establish the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM) that brought together researchers from Kent State, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron.

Together with Dr. Peter Palffy-Muhoray, professor of chemical physics, and others, Doane added the graduate program dimension to the Liquid Crystal Institute, which is known as the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program (CPIP).

Polymer-dispersed and polymer-stabilized liquid crystals are a few examples of research directions associated with his efforts. Today, Doane leads Kent Displays Inc., a local spin-off company that has seen success in commercialization of its low-power cholesteric liquid crystal displays that have been used in e-books, signs and other display applications.

“Dr. Doane has been a driving force behind many successful developments in the fields of science, scientific infrastructure, education and technology transfer associated with liquid crystals,” says Dr. Oleg Lavrentovich, director of the Liquid Crystal Institute.

A five-page article in SID’s monthly publication, Information Display, May 2007 issue, highlights Doane’s many accomplishments at Kent State University. You can learn more about the award and the organization on the Society for Information Display Web site.

By Jim Maxwell


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