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Mark Bernius is a Fellow and Senior Scientist for The Dow Chemical Company. He is a member of New Product Development in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and has worked in areas of electronics, optics and optical systems, renewable energy systems, advanced textile development, and SMART material and composites systems which have resulted in several product concepts and prototypes including two business launches. He was instrumental in developing Dow’s polymeric semiconductor materials capability with the development of light-emitting diodes and transistors (OLED-related) which became Dow Lumation Displays. He was the technical initiator of Dow’s Solar Solution business, which is now producing product prototypes based on proprietary processing of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) cells. He is now exploring new opportunity areas for the company in the area of advance composite systems. Mark Bernius received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, and has held positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology prior to joining The Dow Chemical Company. He holds an adjunct position with the Physics Department at the Saginaw Valley State University where he brings the perspective of real-world on-the-job physics to the classroom. Mark has held associate/ advisor editor positions with the American Institute of Physics (Review of Scientific Instruments) and Wiley InterScience Journals (Advanced Materials), is a life member of the APS and a Senior Member of IEEE. He is the author of 45 technical publications and 41 patent and patent applications. He has received over 1400 citations for his work in the fields of physics as it relates to interdisciplinary fields.
I am seeking your vote to serve the FIAP membership as the Vice Chair for 2011-2012. I believe FIAP is a vital organization representing the applied physicist in industry and government sectors to the physics community as a whole. I have recently served as the AIP Chair of the Corporate Associates Advisory Committee for over ten years, where we have sought to integrate the needs of industry with academia in maintaining a robust pipeline of students to employees as well as modernize the available R&D opportunities as it impacts the competitive capabilities of our industrial base. I will continue to seek ways to improve programs related to member and Society development to continue to foster a strong representation in the APS, and to encourage a wider scope in defining employment opportunities for members through industrial networking opportunities.