Gene Koch, Product Development Consultant
Gene has over thirty years of experience in electronic displays, optics, and lighting technology. Prior to LOMOX®, Gene worked as Director, Display Device Technology at AlliedSignal Corporation (later Honeywell) in their Business and General Aviation Unit in Olathe, Kansas. In this position he won an AlliedSignal President’s Award for his contribution in greatly increasing manufacturing yields on a display manufacturing line, negotiated and initiated a joint advanced technology active-matrix LCD development programme with a major Asian electronics manufacturer, and managed advanced display development programmes including an OLED technology development programme.
Prior to AlliedSignal, Gene was Director, Product Development and one of the two founders of Rockwell International’s Optical Components Business Unit in Seal Beach, California. In this capacity he organised and led the development of reel-to-reel manufacturing processes to produce multilayer birefringent stack, optical compensators for LCDs based on the polymerisation of reactive mesogen materials. Gene originally joined Rockwell to lead a multi-site technology team working on new LCD technologies to solve viewing angle issues for cockpit displays for the Boeing 777 programme. In this position he was the technical manager of several joint LCD technology development projects with large Asian electronics manufacturers.
Prior to Rockwell, Gene was a display and LCD materials technology scientist with a number of companies including Hewlett-Packard Labs and Timex. He also has been a founder of four start-up display and optics companies working on technologies as varied as intraocular lenses, helmet-mounted displays, and binary optics. He served as Chairman of the SAE A-4ED Electronic Displays Subcommittee while it was drafting ARP4256, the document that is used by government agencies around the world as guidance in the certification of liquid crystal displays in aircraft cockpits. Gene holds five patents and has sixteen published applications in display and related technologies. He has an M.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University.
Gene is married with two grown children. He and his wife live in North Wales.