Division Vice President and Director of Commercial Technology, Display Group, Corning
Dr. Peter L. Bocko is recognized within the display industry as one of the foremost experts in the application of glass substrates for active matrix liquid crystal displays (LCD). He was the architect behind Corning's strategy of forming partnerships with key innovators in display in order to design and deliver substrate technologies that would help enable the rapid pace of innovation in LCD products and manufacturing processes.
He began his participation as a researcher in Corning's exploration of the potential of LCD in 1982. The company was investigating thin films for fusion-formed glass, which were being test-marketed for watch and calculator displays. In 1988, Dr. Bocko was appointed technical leader in the Development segment. He began building capability at Corning's Research & Development Lab to support accelerating active-matrix LCD development in Japan. At that time, active matrix LCDs were limited to pilot production at laboratories around the world.
One of his early customer collaborations resulted in the demonstration of the superiority of non-polished fusion glass versus conventional polished substrates in the first-generation customer process. In addition to the strong market growth for small LCD screens in consumer electronics, it became apparent that the LCD process, with a suitably designed glass substrate, could be scaled and adapted to larger size and higher resolution display applications. Dr. Bocko was project manager for Corning 1737 substrate development, Corning's second-generation glass for LCD. 1737 was designed for the emerging application of the high-resolution, lightweight notebook applications of the mid-1990s.
In 1995, Dr. Bocko became worldwide manager of product engineering, helping commercialize and support a succession of new LCD products employing Corning 1737 and polysilicon substrates. He returned to development in 1998 as business technology director for Corning's Display business, delivering high-value substrate technologies for three generations of customer LCD manufacturing and the emerging LCD-TV application. During this time, he led the collaborative design process with customers and Corning R&D. This process culminated in the successful delivery of the EAGLE 2000™ glass, which continues to be the standard against which other substrates are measured.
In 2003, Dr. Bocko was appointed director of technology strategy, Display Technologies and to the position division vice president and director, commercial technology in January 2004. In May 2006 he was appointed division vice president, Display Futures. In addition to supporting the emerging LCD-TV application and very-large size substrate technologies associated with Gen 6, 7 & 8, Dr. Bocko also directs a portfolio of enabling products for emerging technologies of polysilicon, OLEDs, advanced semiconductor technologies on glass and flexible displays.Dr. Bocko has nine patents in areas such as color filter manufacturing, substrates for a-Si and polysilicon, as well as novel amorphous and crystalline materials. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the State University College at Oswego, New York and his master's and doctorate degrees in physical chemistry from Cornell University.