Leonid Karpov, Director of Vacuum Nanoelectronics

Leonid Karpov is a pioneer in vacuum microelectronics with over three decades of experience in designing and developing microelectromechanical systems and vacuum microelectronic devices. Before coming to the U.S. in 1994, he was Chief of the Vacuum Microelectronics Laboratory and Senior Lecturer in the Radioelectronics Department at Krasnoyarsk Polytechnical Institute in Russia. During the 1980s, in Russia, Dr. Karpov made a carbon thin-film field emitter, the first structured carbon cold cathode, anticipating worldwide interest in carbon emitters by a decade. Dr. Karpov was educated at Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute (B.S., Electronics), Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute (Investigator), and Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (Ph.D., Physics and Mathematics). He holds four issued U.S. patents and numerous foreign patents.