MicroVision, Inc. a specialist in innovative ultra-miniature laser display and sensing technology, today announced it has elected Dr. Mark B. Spitzer to its board of directors. Dr. Spitzer is an experienced technology innovator with expertise in eyewear- and head-mounted systems, micro-displays, imaging optics for AR and VR, and photovoltaics. He has a strong record of inventive entrepreneurship with 70 issued US patents, over 86 publications and leadership positions with ground-breaking technology companies. His experience in technology development and management includes serving as Principal Scientist at Kopin Corporation in the early 1990s where he led DARPA-funded development of micro-displays for military head-mounted systems. In 1996 Dr. Spitzer founded the MicroOptical Corporation (eventually renamed Myvu), where as CEO he launched several industrial and consumer eyewear-based AR products. In 2012 Dr. Spitzer joined Google X as Director of Operations for Glass, and later moved to the VR team at Google where he helped build expertise in VR hardware design. He retired in 2017.
Dr. Spitzer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Senior Member of the IEEE. In 2014 he received the Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display in 2014 for contributions to the development of active-matrix liquid-crystal micro-displays, micro-display viewing optics, and wearable computer technology. Dr. Spitzer earned his B.A. with distinction in physics at Boston University and his Ph.D. in physics at Brown University.
“Mark has an extensive background in leading technology innovation and development from startups to large Fortune 100 companies and we are fortunate to have him join our board,” said Brian Turner, Chairman and Lead Independent Director at MicroVision. “Mark brings a keen understanding of technology, business strategy, operations and management and is a valuable addition to the MicroVision board of directors.”
“I believe this is an exciting time to join the MicroVision board and I look forward to working with Brian, my fellow directors and management as the Company continues to explore strategic options with Craig-Hallum Capital Group, LLC, its financial advisor, for its impressive technology,” said Dr. Spitzer. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to help the Company navigate a path to success.”