Bob Myers became part of Fairfield Resources in 1998 after 36 years at IBM, which he joined upon receiving his doctorate in Applied Physics from Harvard. His career with IBM included applied research and research management, significant technology development responsibility in IBM Japan and staff positions at the highest levels of the company.
From January 1986 until July 1987, he was Director of Technology in IBM Japan's Yamato Development Laboratory, where he started the advanced development of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display technology and oversaw the transition to joint development with Toshiba Corporation that eventually led to creation of the IBM-Toshiba joint venture, Display Technologies, Inc. From July 1994 until August 1998, Dr. Myers was Program Director of Technology Licensing, responsible for technology know-how licensing and related activities on IBM's Corporate Intellectual Property and Licensing staff.
He received his B.A., summa cum laude, his MA, and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Dr. Myers holds twelve United States patents and is an author or co-author of more than 50 technical papers including (with Richard Dixon) the accepted “last word on “Who invented the laser” and (with David Goodman) a series of widely cited reports on patents essential to wireless standards. Bob speaks both French and Japanese.
He is also an Adjunct Professor of Business at the Columbia University Business School, where he lectures on Intellectual Property in the Entrepreneurship Program, he often lectured at the Post-Graduate Program on Intellectual Property at ETH, the Swiss Technical University, and is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Thomas Publishing Company, publishers of Thomasnet.com and other Internet information providing sites..
Dr. Myers has been a member of many advisory committees, including:
- Advisory Committee to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (1981-1985)
- Advisory Panel to the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (1994-1998)
- Advisory Committee to the Institute for Imaging Science, Brooklyn Poly (now Polytechnic Institute of NYU)(Chairman)
- Committee that advised the Premier’s Council of the Canadian Province of Ontario with respect to the status of the Information Technology Research Center, encompassing three universities in the province (twice)
- Advisory Committee of the Institute for Systems Science at the National University of Singapore (1986-1987)
- IEEE Transnational Committee delegation to the People’s Republic of China (1981)
- Asia Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1995-1996)