Phil Dowd manages the intellectual assets created by ASU researchers in the physical sciences. He has extensive university and start-up based research experience in the field of semiconductor optoelectronics.
Prior to joining AzTE, Dowd was employed by the University of New Mexico’s Center for High Technology Materials, where he worked on novel materials and devices for mid and long wavelength infrared optoelectronic devices. Previously, he worked at both Arizona State University and, thereafter, Lytek Corporation, an ASU spin-out company, developing tele and data communications optoelectronic devices. While at Lytek, Dowd held the position of Vice President for Research and Development. He also held the post of Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, developing courseware in materials science and photonics.
Dowd holds a B.Sc. in physics with physical electronics and a Ph.D. on the topic of semiconductor lasers for data communications applications, both awarded by the University of Bath in England. He is also an inventor who holds three issued U.S. patents.