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FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics industry supply chains, recently announced that Jennifer Ernst of Thin Film Electronics and Michael C. Dudzik of Lockheed Martin have joined its Governing Board. Both industry veterans bring specialized expertise in business development and emerging applications to the alliance.
Jennifer Ernst is currently Vice President North America for ThinFilm Electronics, a supplier of printed non-volatile, and flexible memory products. She is working closely with clients and partners to fulfill the vision of fully integrated systems created by printed electronics.
Prior to joining ThinFilm, Ms. Ernst was Director of Business Development for PARC, a Xerox company, where she had more than 20 years experience in technology innovation. As a key player in helping establish PARC's open business model, she expanded PARC's impact into multiple new industries and secured licensing and co-development relationships with companies throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. She holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and BA from San Francisco State University.
"Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in advanced supply chain development and management to the board," said Dr. John Batey, chairman of the FlexTech Alliance Governing Board. "We are all acutely aware of the role that expertise will play in both expanding and enabling new flexible electronic applications, technologies and associated infrastructure."
Michael C. Dudzik serves as Vice President, Science and Technology Washington Operations at Lockheed Martin. He is an industry executive with extensive engineering design, development and manufacturing experience.
Mr. Dudzik is nationally recognized for his expertise in bringing new technology-based products to market. Michael previously held leadership positions at Texas Instruments, ERIM Automotive and Georgia Technological University. He is a former Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve with assignments in advanced technology, system development, and Space operations.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at University of Detroit, a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Dallas.
He has been active on the University and Small Business advisory boards, including: the University of Michigan, Florida State University and the University of Detroit Mercy. He is an SAE Fellow and a Registered Professional Engineer.
"Michael's extensive industry experience, especially in emerging military applications for flexible electronics technologies, is a perfect fit for the board," said Dr. Batey. "He'll be able to help direct crucial collaborations and research work due to his knowledge of how industry, academia and government work together to produce viable products for the marketplace."
The FlexTech Alliance is the only organization headquartered in North America exclusively devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success of the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain. FlexTech Alliance offers expanded collaboration between and among industry, academia, government, and research organizations for advancing displays and flexible, printed electronics from R&D to commercialization.
FlexTech Alliance, will help foster development of the supply chain required to support a world-class, manufacturing capability for displays and flexible, printed electronics.