Dr. Robert Glass, serving as Chief Technology Officer for the Company, works with the science, research, technical development and business development teams in developing the Company’s technologies and directions, as well as working with the nanotech industry in development of new standards, trade policy and joint ventures. Serving as CTO, he will help formulate strategic directions and time frames for the success of the Company.
Dr. Glass’ experience includes running Scientific and Engineering teams at major industries including NIST (U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology’s- Photometry Division in the Center for Building Technology- he was chief of 13 scientists working in Illumination & Photometry standards development).
As a scientist Dr. Glass led the design of LED displays used in open cockpit submarines for the Navy. At Lockheed Martin, he was in charge of Advanced Development for Space Station including designing a laminar flow bench for on orbit repairs of equipment which is onboard today’s space station. He specialized in working with the astronauts on developing hardware for space walks (EVA missions). He and his team developed NASA 3000, the first hardware standard ever developed for NASA (variations still in used today). He worked with Rotary Rocket and Weaver Aerospace on the design of hardware for their private space program and the “Roton” delivery vehicle.
Bob’s philosophy is best summarized from a speech he gave in 1995: “How can you trust your vision, when your imagination is out of focus?”
As a Scientist, Bob works in NANOTECHNOLOGY on the commercialization of Quantum Dots, Graphene and other nanotechnologies to be used in everyday products. He is the Chief Technical Officer at GenesisNanoTech (A Canadian Company) and works with Universities, other NanoTech Partners and Joint Ventures, to develop and commercialize nanotechnology related material.
No stranger to the startup world, Bob has served as CEO, CTO and VP of R&D for a variety of startups. He has worked extensively in both hardware and software design.
“Dr. Bob” helped pioneer software designs at Xerox, Apple and Sun. At Sun, he also developed the long term vision and strategy for Sun’s Solaris products. Starting in 1995, as one of Sun’s public speakers, he began giving speeches about the coming “future of nanotechnology and its impact on our lives”. Early 1995 speeches described Space Elevators, and lightweight digital devices, MEMS, as well as nanotechnology’s likely impact on medicine.
Today, Bob is recognized as a technical entrepreneur in Silicon Valley and is frequently called upon as an advisor in the area of Science. He has served with the National Academy of Sciences as a postdoctoral advisor and committee member and as an advisor to MIT, Georgia Tech. and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, as well as Chief Scientist at NIST. Bob is probably best known for his predictions of a changed world built on nanotechnology including MEMS, through his film “Starfire” (he was Executive Producer) and the technology futures’ speeches he gave around the world over the past two decades. He holds 13 U.S. patents and is the author of more than a dozen research papers on electro-optics and human vision.
He previously served with the National Academy of Science as a postdoctoral advisor and committee member and as an advisor to MIT, Georgia Tech. and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, as well as the government’s Standards representative on a variety of Standards Committee. He’s a Fellow of the Silicon Valley World Internet Center.
He is best known for his predictions of a changed world built on nanotechnology, including MEMS through Sun’s film “Starfire” and his hundreds of technology futures’ speeches around the world throughout the 1990’s. Dr. Glass earned his doctorate at the University of Maryland in Sensory Processes & Physiological Psychology and specialized in brain functioning and human color vision.
His work has been highlighted on NPR and in the international press numerous times and he is considered one of the “usual suspects” by technology journalists seeking an informed point of view from Silicon Valley. As an inventor (at Sun Microsystems), he holds 13 U.S. and International Patents jointly with Bruce Tognazzini and Dr. Jakob Nielsen, and is the author of more than a dozen research papers on electro-optics and human vision.
He is a frequent guest of the government as a reviewer for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Advanced Technology Program and government conferences on building high tech start-ups.
Dr. Glass served as an elected member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Executive Council and has been active in ergonomics (“ease of use”) issues since the early 1970’s. Dr. Glass earned his doctorate at the University of Maryland in Sensory Processes Psychology and specialized in brain functioning and human color vision.
Served on a variety of committees as senior technologist including:
• U.S. Member-at-Large of the National Committee of the Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage (CIE) – Color Standards
• Chairman, Computer Committee, National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) – National Engineering Laboratory,
• Vice Chairman, National Academy of Sciences, Federal Construction Council, and Color designs
• Member, USNC-CIE Technical Committee on Visual Signaling (TC1.6)
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. – Palo Alto, CA (1991 –- 1998)
Director, Science Office Director, Strategic Technology Director of Engineering
The high public profile in the position of Director, Science Office required worldwide lectures and public-speaking engagements, frequently as the Keynote speaker at major technology conferences. Became a ‘public face’ and media spokesperson on behalf of the company, in addition to becoming the first recipient of Sun’s President Award.
At Sun Microsystems, Dr. Glass was responsible for developing long-term vision and strategy for Sun’s Solaris product and leveraged Business units to produce products for the future. Later he became one of the leading technologists (Director of Science for SunSoft).
• Developed the vision and strategy for Sun’s Solaris product, leveraging Business Units to produce customer centered products. Developed 12+ software patents at Sun
• Managed 150 person engineering team (core Solaris Development), managed with $18 million budget. Delivered Solaris on time, and under budget.
• Producer of STARFIRE, a visionary concepts film for the computer industry which predicted the internet and received international recognition for its focus on customer centered design.
Sun Microsystems’ President’s Award
Dr. Bob was one of the first recipients of Sun Microsystem’s President’s AwardView
Apple Computer – Cupertino, CA (1989- 1991)
System Engineering Manager (Head of User Experience for Macintosh). Responsible for the development of Macintosh’s System 7.0+ operating systems. Responsible for Human Interface design and implementation, standards, human interface guidelines and coordination of human interface information to Apple’s software developers. Human engineered key power book features. Managed 30 engineers and designers.
Responsible for engineering of “View-Point” – Xerox’s second computer system. Headed up a team of 10 people doing user experience research, usability, visual design, implementation.
At Xerox as part of the Strategic Business Office, he led the design of their new graphic “human” interface and later at Apple, he led the development of a new software graphic interface designed to make computers usable by the masses. He also worked on the design of Apple’s first generation Powerbooks.
PatentsEyetrack-driven illumination and information display
United States 6,734,845
Tilt-scrolling on the Sunpad
United States 6,624,824
Dynamic Display Advertising
United States 6,519,584
Transparent SunPad for home shopping
United States 6,480,204
Method and apparatus for eyetrack-mediated downloading
United States 6,437,758
Restoring broken links utilizing a spider process
United States 6,253,204
Method and system for providing relevance-enhanced image reduction in computer systems
United States 5,960,126
Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven captioning
United States 5,898,423
Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven information retrieval
United States 5,886,683
Eyetrack-driven illumination and information display
United States 5,835,083
X-Y viewport scroll using location of display with respect to a point
United States 5,831,614
Method and apparatus for eyetrack derived backtrack
United States 5,831,594
Method and apparatus for eyetrack-driven text enlargement
United States 5,731,805
Honors & Awards
Sun Microsystems’ President’s Award
Dr. Bob was one of the first recipients of Sun Microsystem’s President’s Award
Human Vision, experimental psychology, user experience focus on simplicity and elegance, display technology, electro-optic design, design of small objects; precision radiology and photometry (color and energy measurements)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Research and Experimental Psychology
- User Experience,
- solar power,
- Executive management,