Jud Ready, Ph.D CVJudReady_Nov2014

Dr. W. Jud Ready is the Deputy Director, Innovation Initiatives for the Georgia Tech ‘Institute for Materials.’ He has also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Tech and a Principal Research Engineer on the research faculty of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) for over a dozen years. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he worked for a major military contractor (General Dynamics) as well as in small business (MicroCoating Technologies). He has served as PI or co-PI for grants totaling ~$16M awarded by the Army, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, NASA, NSF, NIST, industry, charitable foundations and the States of Georgia and Florida. His current research focuses primarily on energy, aerospace, nanomaterial applications and electronics reliability. Dr. Ready has published numerous refereed publications on electronic and nanoscale materials and his research developments have been presented at well-over two dozen international conferences. He has served as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases and he has provided testimony to the Georgia State House Science & Technology Committee. He has patents awarded in the United States (#6,846,370; 6,994,757; 8,350,146; 8,474,805; 8,604,681; 8,774,890; 8,919,752; 9,058,954) and abroad, with several others pending in the U.S. and abroad as well.

The Electronic, Magnetic and Photonic Materials Division (EMPMD) of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) named Dr. Ready as a 2002 “Young Leader.” He has served as Chair for the TMS Nanotechnology Committee, TMS Education Committee and TMS Membership & Student Development Committee. He was elected to the TMS Board in 2005 (Director, Membership & Student Development) and again in 2010 (Director, Content Development & Dissemination). In 2015, he received the Brimacombe Medal from TMS that rewards a mid-career individuals for sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering. Dr. Ready is also the recipient of the “Innovative Research Award” by GTRI in 2013; the “Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” by the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009); the “Young Leader International Scholar Award” by the Japan Institute of Metals (2005); and the “Red Flag Award” by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (2001). Dr. Ready also serves on the TMS Electronic Packaging and Interconnect Materials Committee and the TMS Public and Government Affairs Committee.

He has also been involved in a variety of peer review activities for archival journals, scholarships and federal agencies and continues to be a session organizer for numerous national and international symposia/conferences. Dr. Ready is also a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS). Dr. Ready is a helicopter and instrument-rated fixed wing pilot and has served as Board Chairman for the non-profit /501(c)(3) Yellow Jacket Flying Club, Inc. since 2010. He also is a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, as well as the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and recently served on the Georgia Tech Executive Board as well as Faculty Assembly.

Zhita Kang

Zhitao Kang, Ph.D

Dr. Kang is a research engineer in the  Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Group at Georgia Tech Research Institute’s electro-Optical systems Laboratory. His current research interest focuses on optic and electronic materials development, thin film growth and processing, photonic/optoelectronic devices fabrication. he developed a new X-ray phosphor, ZnTe:O, and worked on various other phosphor materials and luminescent nanoparticles for lighting, display, scintillating and biological applications. he has over 40 publications in journals and conference proceedings and holds a few patents.

After receiving a B.S. and a M.S. degree from Central South University in China, Dr. Kang was employed as a faculty member in Non-Equilibrium Materials Research Institute and then a lecturer in School of Materials Science and Engineering at CSU. he directed a rapid solidification and spray forming laboratory, responsible for the development of a patented spray-deposition technology. In 2003 he started his Ph.D. study in School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. After graduation in fall 2006 he continued to work as a postdoctoral fellow and soon was employed as a research engineer at GTRI.

Hunter Chan

Hunter Chan (BS, MS Electrical Engineering)

Hunter Chan received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fresno, in 1982 and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1984. Prior to Georgia Tech Research Institute, he was with Georgia Institute of Technology Electronics Packaging Research Center (PRC) researching on multilayer organic substrates, high density wiring, microvia processes and System-On-Package substrate integration. He led the Low Loss/Thin Core substrate project in the Embedded Actives and Passives (EMAP) Consortium, as well as the membership project on “ultra-fine lines on emerging dielectrics for next generation microprocessor package substrate.” He also involved in the glass interposer process development.

Currently, his research is focused on microelectronics device mask design and fabrication for thermal analysis, chemical sensors and digital RF antenna applications. He has designed lithography mask layouts for GaAs Surrogate chips, high speed/low loss ceramic substrates, and AN/ALQ-184 Crystal Video Receiver (CVR) video boards. Also, he designed and fabricated various high power Heat Source Dies (HSDs) with strain gauges and temperature sensors for MMIC emulation. In addition, he created various photonic RF packages with 1-um alignment capability and thermal conductivity measurement packages for Silver Diamond (AgDI) shims.

Chan has more than 20 years industrial experience in High Density Multiwire Boards(MWBs) and Printed Wiring Boards (PWBs) with lased micro-vias technology, and embedded resistors for high speed digital applications and reliability. He has designed and fabricated layouts for PCBs and also performed the component assembly on high density SMD boards with 0201-type passive components and 0.4mm pitch BGA devices. He is also experienced with bare die attachment to high thermal conductivity shims using vacuum solder reflow equipment. He also excels at 0.7mil gold wire bonding and 10mil gold ribbon bonding.

He has one U.S. Patent in “Thin-Film capacitor structures embedded in semiconductor packages and methods of making” (Patent no.: US8,391,017 B2) in 2013. He is also a co-author of more than 15 published papers in fields including electronics packaging, thermal analysis, glass interposers, sub-10um fineline on low loss/thin core organic substrates, and high frequency band-pass filters.

Member for IEEE, Tau Beta Pi and Kappa Eta Nu societies


Stephan Turano (BS, MS Materials Science and Engineering) CV

Stephan Turano’s research at GTRI has focused on Carbon Nanotube based devices for energy applications including batteries, supercapacitors, electron sources and photovoltaics.  He has extensive experience in semiconductor thin film deposition for solar cell applications using a variety of deposition techniques.  Mr Turano is an expert in thin film characterization using optical and electronic test methods, including XRD, EDX, SEM and many other techniques.  He has been working with GTRI for 9 years after achieving his MS degree in Materials Science and Engineering under advisement of Dr. Jud Ready.