In 2008, Gary S. Calabrese was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for "the development of advanced electronic materials and processes for semiconductor device manufacture." In early 2008 he also joined Corning Incorporated as Vice President, Science and Technology.
Calabrese began his professional career at Polaroid Corporation in 1983 as a research chemist working on innovative imaging technologies for consumer products. Two years later, he joined Allied-Signal at its Massachusetts-based Allied Health and Scientific Products Division as a research group leader. There, he guided new technology development for the health care industry.
His interest in the high growth markets of electronics and semiconductors led him to the Shipley Company in 1989, where he was initially responsible for advanced chip lithography and metal deposition projects, including a major research collaboration with the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. In 1994, Dr. Calabrese was named Shipley's North American director of Engineering, responsible for scaling up manufacturing processes for new products, customer technical support and plant engineering. He returned to research in 1997 as global director of R&D for the firm's Microelectronics Materials business, and was named vice president and chief technology officer for Shipley two years later.
Dr. Calabrese became the first director of Rohm and Haas's Emerging Technologies Group in 2002, a department focused on developing breakthrough innovations and technology platforms for new products. He assumed the position Chief Technology Officer, and was elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company, in 2003.
In his current capacity as a corporate vice president at Corning, Dr. Calabrese leads several emerging businesses within the firm's Strategic Growth initiative.
He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Lehigh University, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Calabrese also held a post-doctoral appointment at M.I.T. He has authored dozens of technical papers and patents, and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Industrial Research Institute, and SPIE.
- Rohm and Haas Company Web Site, 2006
- Chemical & Engineering News, February 2008