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Scott Elrod

Vice President & Director
Hardware Systems Laboratory
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

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Dr. Scott Elrod directs PARC's HSL research organization, which focuses on clean technologies, inkjet printing, and biomedical systems for drug discovery and clinical diagnosis. He also directs the Cleantech Innovation Program at PARC, which develops solutions for delivering affordable solar energy, increasing solar cell efficiency, purifying water, managing energy utilization, and harnessing renewable fuels. One of the first results is a novel, low-cost solar concentrator technology (jointly developed with new venture SolFocus, Inc.) that will significantly cut consumers' solar electricity costs.A PARC Principal Scientist who holds more than 60 patents, Elrod was responsible for much of an acoustic ink-printing patent portfolio (a novel inkjet technology based on focused ultrasonics), and several inventions for PARC spinout LiveWorks, Inc. (later acquired by SMART Technologies). His other contributions include novel input devices for large-area displays and a ubiquitous smart office environment.Prior to his role at PARC, Elrod directed the Environment, Safety, and Health (ESH) Division at SEMATECH, a consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, and also co-wrote a chapter on that industry’s ESH performance for the book, The Handbook of Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology.Elrod received his A.B. degree in Physics from Earlham College (1981), and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University (1985). While at Stanford, he built the world’s first low-temperature tunneling microscope