Texas Instruments researcher to direct UNT Center for Advanced Research and Technology

J.D. Luttmer
J.D. Luttmer will be the first director of the Center for Advanced Research and Technology
Monday, October 1, 2007

J.D. Luttmer, who spent 28 years establishing and leading Texas Instruments' internal research on seven generations of advanced microelectronic devices, has been named the first director of the University of North Texas' Center for Advanced Research and Technology, or CART.

The multidisciplinary center, housed at UNT's Research Park campus in Denton, is supported by more than $15 million in federal funding and is home to a rare collection of high-powered microscopes that are key to nanotechnology research. Established in 2004, CART features a variety of high tech microscopes that can explore substances at atomic and molecular levels, where the nanometer - one-billionth of a meter - is a standard unit for measuring length. The center has an emphasis on the science and engineering disciplines and a concentration in materials characterization.

As CART director, Luttmer will coordinate and maximize its use by the UNT community as well as industry and the federal government.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to advance the university as a research center," he says. "We have good competencies, potential and personnel, and the key to our future will be bringing these areas together collaboratively to become a national and international force."

Luttmer that he hopes that in five years, CART "will be greatly expanded, with a well-established reputation across both government and industry."

"The energy and aerospace industries will be especially interested in what CART does," he says.

At Texas Instruments, Luttmer worked in several departments, including silicon semiconductor technology development, the infrared devices laboratory and the company's solar cell program. He holds 22 U.S. patents and has received four patent incentive awards.

Dr. Art Goven, UNT interim vice president for research and technology, says Luttmer is an outstanding addition to the university. "We are very fortunate to have hired someone with the technical background that he brings to UNT. He will help this university maximize the great assets we have in the areas of materials science and nanotechnology," Goven says.

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