Fourth Edition | Marquis Who’s Who Insight 5 Dr. Delores Phife Buford Education Educator, Researcher Greenville, SC www.deloresphifebufordedd.com What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? Love and always trying to help. What is the impost important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry? For me, I was lucky. Everything went rather smoothly. What innovations or technologies do you feel will shape the future of your industry? Technology is a good friend in education. It was like having another hand and I loved it. It really helped to get things done quickly. What excites you the most about your industry? If there was a problem, I could fix it. I enjoyed making personal connections and watching young people accomplish their goals. Robert B. Comizzoli, PhD Scientist (Retired) RCA Labs and Bell Labs Skillman, NJ How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? When I started working at RCA in 1966, my first projects involved electrophotography or xerography. After working in that area for five years, RCA lost all its patents in those fields because of a lawsuit, so I became involved in semiconductor devices. I applied many of the techniques I had been using in electrophotography to this new area and made some important contributions. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry? The reliability of electronic devices and systems. That was the main focus of my career and I developed methods for studying components like transistors and integrated circuits. Also, methods to monitor and study the environmental reliability of entire systems like a central office switch. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, I came up with methods to analyze dust because it was causing problems with equipment. Not a lot of scientists jumped at this kind of project. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved? When I started out with the most complicated circuits, there were maybe 50-100 transistors on an integrated circuit and that was in the ‘70s. Of course, now there are millions of transistors on an integrated circuit. The path to get there was making integrated circuits composed of various layers of silicon dioxide, metallization and polysilicon, and those layers were all pattered by a photographic and etching process. Integrated circuits can now have many millions of components on them.