Dr. Schowalter is one of the original co-founders of Crystal IS. He has more than 30 years of experience in crystal growth, semiconductor thin film and nanotechnology. Dr. Schowalter has been part of GE’s Global Research Center and was a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he chaired the Physics Department from 1997 to 2000. He holds over 17 U.S. patents and has 26 pending patents. Dr. Schowalter is a published author and renowned industry speaker. He is recognized by the global technology community as an expert and leading authority in crystal growth, thin-film, nanotechnology and nitride semiconductors. He has a Ph.D./Physics from University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.