Dr. Anthony D. Kurtz
CEO, Chairman and Chief Scientist - Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Dr. Anthony Kurtz, Chief Scientist, CEO and founder of Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc., holds more than 200 patents, including some of the earliest for tiny pressure sensors micro machined out of silicon, and continues to innovate. A patent dating back to 1980, “Compensated Pressure Transducer Employing Digital Processing Techniques,” was the first to combine a micro mechanical sensor with electronic computation, and was among the most cited patents of the 1980s. This was one of the major patents of the entire MEMS business. Prof. Kenneth Farmer, director of New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Microelectronic Research Center and co-founder of the New Jersey MEMS Initiative, has recognized Dr. Kurtz as the inventor of MEMS technology.
He worked in an M.I.T. lab after college and later for Honeywell in Boston, moving to North Jersey to start his own company in 1959. For four years he was a staff member of Lincoln Laboratory’s Semiconductor Physics Group. He later became Project Manager of Diffused Device Research at Clevite Transistor Products. He was inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 1991, has filed 95 new patents since December of 2001 on subjects ranging from fuel cells to laser-based data storage and much more. He encourages Kulite employees to enroll in college courses for which the company pays, and has also instituted a scholarship program for the children of employees.
He is the author of numerous publications in the field of solid-state physics and semiconductor technology. He was the recipient of the ISA’s Si Fluor Technology Award in 1978. For his professional and scientific achievements, Dr. Kurtz is a pioneer in the use of ultra-miniature, solid-state semiconductor pressure sensors for high frequency measurements. He also invented an SOI dielectrically isolated piezoresistance sensor for extremely high temperature measurements, such as encountered in gas turbine and internal combustion engines. He created the Anthony D. Kurtz Fund for research and material technology at M.I.T., the Jacob Kurtz Memorial Fund for outstanding students in metallurgy, and the Anthony D. Kurtz Fund for research in solid state electronics and physics at Columbia. Much of his work is devoted to the development of ultra high temperature and high natural frequency silicon MEMS transducers. Dr. Kurtz has recently been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Kurtz received a B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T. Kulite maintains a close relationship with Oxford University, M.I.T, and Columbia, where Dr. Kurtz is an Adjunct Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering and is the thesis advisor for several Eng.Sc.D. candidates per year.