BIard to give career perspective talk Monday

Dr. J.R. (Bob) Biard will give a talk Monday (March 22) at 4:10 p.m. in Room 104 of the Jack E. Brown Engineering Building.Biard's talk, "A Personal Perspective of Past History and Future Challenges," is part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering's seminar series.Abstract The talk is a narrative of Biard's technical career from 1957 to present framed around three of his 64 patents that had a significant impact on world GNP. None of these three high‐impact patents resulted from the stated purpose of the projects being worked on at the time; all three were accidents. The technology was ready and the time was right; Biard had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. Things that happened and things that almost happened along the way are discussed with a final section on vertical cavity surface emitting laser diodes that are a part of my present assignment. The talk concludes with a review of some of the lessons that Biard has learned over the course of his career that may benefit for anyone engaged in research.Biography Dr. J.R. (Bob) Biard has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University since 1980. Biard became chief scientist of the Honeywell MICRO SWITCH Division in 1987. He retired Dec. 31, 1998, and was hired by Honeywell Advanced Optical Products as a consultant. Honeywell sold AdOpCo to Finisar Corp. in March 2004 and Biard has continued the consulting arrangement with Finisar since that time. In the AdOpCo job assignment Biard is part of a team developing vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and high-speed photodiodes for fiber optic data communications applications. He also is involved in the interface between AdOpCo and universities. In his Honeywell assignment he worked on magnetic sensors and helped develop a BiCMOS process. He started the MICRO SWITCH IC & Sensor Design Center in Richardson, Texas, and his product development responsibilities included optoelectronic components (light emitting diodes and photo detectors), fiber optic components and transmitter and receiver modules, and silicon Hall effect and pressure sensors.From 1978 to 1987 Biard was chief scientist of the Honeywell Optoelectronics Division and was a member of the Components Group Sensor Planning Team. He was also the Components Group representative on the Honeywell Technology Board (HTB). The HTB was concerned with the development and transfer of technology throughout the Honeywell corporate structure. Biard joined Spectronics Inc. as vice president of research in 1969 when the company was founded. Spectronics Inc. was acquired by Honeywell in 1978. Previously he worked for Texas Instruments from 1957 to 1969. While at TI he participated in the development of transistor circuits, microwave and optoelectronic components, avalanche photodiodes, silicon MOS technology, and compound semiconductor materials technology.In 1991 Biard was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering. Among his honors are the 1989 Honeywell Lund Award and the 1985 Patrick E. Haggerty Innovation Award for his contribution to the design and development of Schottky Logic. In 1986 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University. Biard is a Life Fellow of IEEE; he was elected to the rank of IEEE Fellow in 1969 with a citation "For outstanding contributions in the field of optoelectronics."