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Curtis Carlson

Curtis R. Carlson
Born 1945 (age 69–70)
Nationality American
Institutions SRI International
Sarnoff Corporation
Alma mater Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Rutgers University
Notable awards Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award
Otto H. Schade Award

Curtis Raymond Carlson (born 1945) was president and CEO of SRI International from 1998 to 2014 and is a prominent technologist.

A physics graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D. student at in geophysical fluid dynamics from Rutgers University, he joined Sarnoff Corporation after graduation and worked through the ranks. While at Sarnoff, Carlson led teams that developed the HDTV standard and designed a system to assess broadcast image quality, both of which were awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award. In 1998, Carlson was named CEO of SRI International, a post previously held by William P. Sommers.

For his contributions to science, technology, and business, Carlson received Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award in 2002. For his role in advancing the functional performance and image quality of information displays, he received the Society for Information Display's Otto H. Schade Award in 2006.

Contents

  • Education 1
  • Career 2
    • Sarnoff Corporation 2.1
    • SRI International 2.2
  • Memberships and awards 3
  • Selected publications 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Education

Carlson earned his B.S. in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1967 and a Ph.D. in geophysical fluid dynamics from Rutgers University in 1973.[1]

Career

Sarnoff Corporation

Starting in 1973, Carlson participated in research and development in the field of imaging systems, working with the RCA Sarnoff Laboratory.[2] In 1981, Carlson was named the Director of the Image Quality and Perception Research Group and Vice President of the laboratory in 1990. In 1995, Carlson became Executive Vice President of Sarnoff's Interactive Systems Division.[1] He also led the 1997 team that developed the HDTV program that became the US standard, and the 2000 team that designed a system to assess broadcast image quality. Both of these teams were awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for their accomplishments.[1]

SRI International

He served as the president of SRI International from 1998 to 2014,[2] and oversaw Sarnoff Corporation's full integration into SRI in January 2011.[3][4]

Carlson is known for a term known as "Carlson's Law", coined by [5][6]

Memberships and awards

Carlson has served on several government task forces including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Army Science Board and the Defense Science Board task force on bio-chemical defense. He is a member of the Highlands Group, which makes recommendations to government officials regarding technological developments of interest to the government.[7] In 2010, he was named to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.[8][9] He also serves on the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Manufacturing, Design, and Innovation, and is a council member on the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, a joint body of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.[2]

In 2002, Carlson was awarded Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement due to his contributions to science, technology, and business.[7][10] Carlson has been involved in establishing WPI's Silicon Valley Project Center.[11] He has given several commencement speeches, including at WPI on May 20, 2006; at Stevens Institute of Technology on May 22, 2008; and at University of Richmond on May 8, 2011.[1][12]

For his role in advancing the functional performance and image quality of information displays, Carlson received the Otto H. Schade Award from the Society for Information Display in June 2006.[1][13][14] In December 2012, Carlson was named a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.[15][16]

Carlson has received honorary degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and Kettering University.[2][17] Carlson is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.[2][1]

Selected publications

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External links

  • One on One with Curtis Carlson, CEO of SRI International April 27, 2001
  • Creatology September 11, 2006
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