Thursday, September 4, 2008

Power Lunch: Dr. Zvi Yaniv -Nanotechnology and Creativity

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 (11:00 AM - 1:30 PM)


Barton Creek Country Club

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Power Lunch: Dr. Zvi Yaniv presents:
Nanotechnology and creativity and their economical and societal implication

You have been cordially invited to join the Austin Technology Council in the upcoming Power Lunch designed to bring nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders to you.

Dr. Zvi Yaniv is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Nanotech, Inc.
Topic: Nanotechnology and creativity and their economical and societal implication.

Today, we stand in the midst of a significant convergence of technological innovation and creativity. We have entered a conceptual age where creative forces are producing new business and technologies, most remarkably in nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is deemed the human race's greatest scientific achievement yet, completely changing every aspect of the way we live.

In the 21st century, nanotechnology will replace natural sciences taking us from the industrial age into the nanotechnical age where there is virtually no limit to the shape and size of the objects and devices that can be made. Examining the molecular world is much like experiencing any other physical art form. There is a relationship of size, shape, strength, force, and motion. Just as artists create meaningful new forms, so do nanotechnologists - both revealing a new world of the profound and the unexpected.

The new economy's demand for creativity has manifested itself in the emergence of what Richard Florida has termed "the creative class". Using a broad definition of the term, the Creative Class is anyone whose work function is to produce new ideas, new technology, and / or new creative content. (1) Nanotechnology is becoming the world's freshest expression of human creativity. The presentation will show how this symbiotic relationship between nanotechnology and creativity was used and validated in redefining successfully a leading technology company such as Applied Nanotech, Inc.

Price: $40 for ATC members $55 for non-members.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Zvi Yaniv is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. ( and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Nanotech, Inc. in Austin, TX, guiding the company to become a pioneer in nanotechnology in general and a leader in the display industry utilizing electron field emission from carbon films/carbon nanotubes, in particular. Dr. Yaniv is an authority in electro-optics, liquid crystal technology, amorphous semiconductors, technology commercialization and business management. He has published over 200 articles, holds more than 150 patents, and has extensive contacts in the U.S., Europe, Israel and the Far East.

Dr. Zvi Yaniv was a founder of Kent Display Systems in Kent, Ohio, the "no-power" reflective LCD Company and of OIS Optical Imaging Systems, Inc. in Novi, Michigan. As President and CEO of OIS, Inc., he led the company during its years of development and initial commercialization of advanced active matrix liquid crystal displays and amorphous silicon image sensors. While at OIS, Dr. Yaniv was one of the founders of Unipac (now AU Optronics), currently one of the premier display companies in Taiwan.

Earlier, Dr. Yaniv held ranking positions with the Practical Engineering College, Beer-Sheva; National Institute for Technical Training, Tel-Aviv; and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In 1999, Dr. Yaniv introduced a new expression of kinetic art (Digital Windows,, allowing static two- or three- dimensional artworks to become dynamic and interactive.

Dr. Yaniv holds a B.Sc. in physics/mathematics and a M.Sc. in electro-optics with distinction from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and earned a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in physics at Kent State University. He has received awards from both universities and the Scientific Research Society. Dr. Yaniv is a member of the Board of Directors of NPI, the Nanoparticles Applications Center of Texas State University and the Society for Information Display (SID). In May 1989, Dr. Yaniv was elected Fellow of the Society for Information Display for "his innovation and leadership in the development of large area high performance active matrix LCDs and scanners." As a member of the SID, Dr. Yaniv founded two chapters of the Americas Region: the Metropolitan Detroit and the Texas Chapters and served as director of these chapters for more than ten years. In March 2000, Dr. Yaniv was nominated and he accepted the honorific title of Senior Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas. In January 2001 Dr. Yaniv founded the Nanomaterials Applications Center, now affiliated with Texas State University.

In December 2003 Dr. Yaniv was nominated and accepted to become a strategic advisor to Governor Nobuyoshi Sumita of Shimane Prefecture in Japan in the field of job creation utilizing the advances in nanotechnology.