Southwest Chapter

Welcome to SID Southwest Chapter home.  This Chapter covers Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah areas.


Next Meeting is:

Wednesday, Mar 30 2022 6 - 7PM PST 

Location: Virtual Event 

Seminar: Serving the Semiconductor Industry in the Valley of the Sun and Beyond

Speaker: Dr. Michael Marrs, Director, Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Core Facility, ASU


The Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Core is a user facility at Arizona State University which specializes in semiconductor processing that is open to the public and to student and faculty researchers all over the world.

AEP Core is completing its transition from the Flexible Electronics and Display Center and is currently refreshing its equipment offerings with 300 mm substrate capabilities.
As the Phoenix area continues to see new growth in semiconductor manufacturing, AEP Core would like to share how it is positioned to help bring trained professionals to the workforce, research new materials and processes, and provide expert services to small businesses and startups. 

Speaker Biography 

Dr. Michael Marrs is the director of Advanced Electronics and Photonics (AEP) Core Facility at Arizona State University.

Dr. Marrs has 22 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with a background in photolithography, wet and dry etching, sputtering, and plasma enhance chemical vapor deposition. 

His research interests include flexible electronics and displays and mixed metal oxide semiconductors and he has published 6 journal articles and 12 patents related to his research.

As the director of operations for the AEP Core, Dr. Marrs is responsible for bringing in new business, grants, equipment, and researchers into the newly created AEP Core while guiding his team to provide the best customer service for its users.


Click here to register and you will receive a confirmation email and information for how to join the webinar. 



Mark Strnad

Phone: 480-727-8162


Latest update was Oct. 21, 2015 

BY-LAWS of The Southwest Chapter of the Society For Information Display



Name and Territory


Section 1.  This organization shall be known as the “Southwest Chapter of the Society for Information Display”


Section 2.  Hereinafter “CHAPTER” shall refer to the organization named in Section 1; “SID” shall refer to the parent organization.


Section 3.  The CHAPTER serves the membership of SID in the Southwest United States including, but not limited to, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.



Field of Interest and Objectives


Section 1.  The field of interest of the CHAPTER shall be that defined in the Constitution and Articles of Incorporation of SID.


Section 2.  The objectives of the CHAPTER shall be:


A.      To support the activities and purposes of SID.

B.       To sponsor professional meetings within the field of interest of the CHAPTER.

C.       To provide forums for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge relating to the fields of information display, in the geographical area of CHAPTER responsibility.

D.      To participate in symposia and conference activities of SID, through participation of CHAPTER members in appropriate conference committees and by acting as host in elective years for the National SID Conference.





Section 1.  A member’s grade in the CHAPTER shall be the same as that held by the member in SID. The members of the CHAPTER shall be members of SID in good standing residing in the territory of the CHAPTER. However this is superseded to the degree allowed by the SID Bylaws ARTICLE 12, Section 2 “any member may request, in writing to SID, assignment to a specific chapter.”






Section 2.  All members of the CHAPTER shall have equal privileges as defined by the Bylaws of SID, ARTICLE 3, Section 2. (which excludes Student, Associate, Sustaining Member and Affiliate Society member grades from voting, holding office and serving on the nominating committee.)


Section 3.  Non-members are to be encouraged to attend the technical meetings of the CHAPTER through general notices (including the SID web page) or by invitation of a Chapter member.


Section 4.  Membership in the CHAPTER is terminated concurrently with termination of membership in SID.



Officers and Management


Section 1.  The elected officers shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. However, under special circumstances, the Secretary and Treasurer’s positions can be assumed by one person.


Section 2.  The term of office for each elected officer shall be one year.


Section 3.  The CHAPTER shall be managed by an Executive Committee composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and the Chairs of the Standing Committees. The immediate past Chair of the CHAPTER shall also be a member of the Executive Committee.  If a committee position becomes vacant, then the Executive Committee by majority vote can elect a substitute from the membership for the remainder of the term of office.


Section 4.  At least 90 days prior to the Annual meeting of the Chapter, The Chair will request that the Secretary email a request for nominations for Chapter offices to the CHAPTER members. After one month has passed, ballots will be mailed to the CHAPTER members, including those names nominated by the members, for a vote. The Executive Committee chairs are to be elected by a plurality of votes. The votes will be received and tallied by the Secretary and made known to the Executive Committee at the Annual Meeting. The Chair at his or her discretion, may appoint a Chair and a Nominating Committee to prepare a list of candidates, do the mailing, tally results and report these results at the Annual Meeting. The Chair will also decide on any conflict of interest issues.


Section 5. When required, the Executive Committee shall nominate a candidate or candidates from its membership for election as Chapter Director on the SID Board of Directors. Any Member, Senior Member, Fellow, Life Member or Life Fellow in good standing is eligible for the office of Director. Said nominee or nominees shall agree to represent the Chapter according to SID Policies and Procedures and their names shall be submitted to the SID Nominating Committee for its approval by a date set by the Nominating Committee and communicated to the Chapter 90 days before this date by the SID International Office. If approval is not given, the Nominating Committee shall communicate directly with the Chapter to identify a suitable alternative nominee and, as a last resort, the Nominating Committee may itself nominate a candidate. Approved nominee(s) shall be placed on the ballot of the SID annual election and said Director shall be elected by the chapter membership. The Director shall serve for a term of three years and shall hold ex officio membership of the Chapter Committee. A vacancy occurring for any reason during the year in the office of Director shall be filled by the Board of Directors from the membership of the Chapter by an interim appointment until such vacancy is filled during the next annual election.



Section 5.    The outgoing Executive Committee members are to transfer responsibilities to the new member or members in a manner to allow an orderly transition no later than one month after the Annual Meeting. This includes the transfer of all files, names, and where applicable bank accounts to the new executive members. The Executive Committee shall have the option of veto in appointment or replacement of members on the Executive Committee.


Section 6.  No individual officer or representative of the CHAPTER shall have the authority to contract debts for, pledge the credit of, or in anyway bind the CHAPTER or the SID.



Duties of Officers


Section 1.  The CHAPTER Chair shall have general supervision of the CHAPTER in all its activities, shall preside at all meetings of the CHAPTER and Executive Committee, and shall represent the CHAPTER at all meetings, Sectional, National or otherwise, having business or activity covered by the field of interest of the CHAPTER and SID. The Chair shall be responsive to the action decisions of the Executive Committee. The CHAPTER Chair shall have joint check signing privileges with the Treasurer.


Section 2.  The CHAPTER Vice-Chair shall assume the responsibilities and authority of the Chair when the latter is absent or incapable of active CHAPTER participation. The Vice Chair shall assume any of the duties of the office of the Chair when so directed by the Chair or Executive Committee.


Section 3.    The CHAPTER Treasurer shall be the custodian of the CHAPTER funds and keep all financial records, bankbooks and checking accounts of the CHAPTER. The Treasurer shall receive funds from the SID and or CHAPTER activities and pay CHAPTER bills as directed by the Chair and or the Executive Committee.  The CHAPTER Treasurer shall make periodic financial reports to SID and as directed, to the Executive Committee. If the Treasurer is absent, then the Chair is to assume these duties.









Section 4.    The CHAPTER Secretary is to keep accurate records of chapter meeting attendance and report same to SID. If no special committee exists, then the CHAPTER Secretary develops and mails all meeting notices, and nomination and election ballots. The Secretary arranges for meeting and dinner accommodations.  The CHAPTER Secretary shall also keep an up-dated list of all CHAPTER members and inform Executive Committee as to number of members to determine chapter growth statistics.




Standing Committees


Section 1.    The Executive Committee shall develop participation of members in Standing Committees. These include:


A.        The Membership Committee shall encourage and promote SID membership and participation in CHAPTER activities. This committee shall keep CHAPTER updated membership lists and meeting attendance. The Chair of the Standing Membership Committee shall report this attendance record to the Secretary.


B.         The Program Committee shall procure such papers and speakers that provide for the proper coverage of the chapter’s field of interest. This committee shall procure facilities, presentation equipment and other material needed for the effective conduct of the meeting scheduled by this committee.


C.         The Publications Committee shall be responsible for all publicity concerning the professional activities of the CHAPTER. It shall keep the CHAPTER members informed of activities through mailings, telephone calls, e-mail and newspaper publicity. This committee shall also be responsible for the solicitation of papers for publication in the SID Journal and to solicit papers for presentation at the professional activities and regional symposia in the territory of the CHAPTER and for the SID International and Regional conferences.










D.        The Definition and Standards Committee shall be responsible for the review of such definitions and standards in the SID field of interest. The review shall result in recommendations for corrective action or approval to the Definitions and Standards committee of the SID. The activities of this committee shall be made known to the CHAPTER members by communications from this committee.


E.         The Honors and Awards Committee shall recommend to the CHAPTER candidates for special awards and to the SID candidates for election to Fellow and SID Awards.


F.          The Academic Committee shall be responsible for soliciting membership of students and University teachers and to support the other standing committees.


G.        The CHAPTER Chair shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees.




Section 1.  General business may be discussed at any CHAPTER meeting but there will be at least one General Business meeting (called the Annual Meeting) conducted each year. Such meeting shall be held at a time and place recommended by the Executive committee with input from the standing committees. The purpose of this meeting is to review chapter activities and budget (receive the Treasurer’s report) for the past year and introduce the elected officers for the succeeding year.


Section 2.  The CHAPTER shall not hold less than two technical meetings per year.


Section 3.  The Executive Committee shall meet not less than two times per year to carry out its defined function of CHAPTER management.




Section 1.  All funds of the CHAPTER shall be kept in a recognized banking and savings and loan institution. Expenditures from this fund shall require the signature of either the CHAPTER Chair or the Treasurer. Books of account shall be audited by the Treasurer upon change of CHAPTER officers and shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by the Executive Committee. and the Treasurer of SID.



Section 2.  The funds for the operation of the CHAPTER shall be derived from pro-rata membership moneys transferred to it by the Treasurer of SID subject to the bylaws of the SID.




Section 1.  Amendments to the bylaws maybe initiated by majority vote of the Executive Committee or petition of 10 members to the Executive Committee. Such proposed changes shall then be submitted to the SID Bylaws Committee to ensure compliance with SID Bylaws and shall then be submitted for approval by the SID Executive Committee. They shall then be offered for approval by a plurality vote of Chapter members.


Section 2.  These bylaws shall be compatible with the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws of the SID.  In the event that these bylaws fail to comply with SID Bylaws or with SID Policies and Procedures, then said SID Bylaws and SID Policies and Procedures shall prevail.       


Upcoming Meetings / Seminars

The next meeting will be held December 2, 2015

Chapter Meeting

June 13, 2013

Flexible Display Center in Tempe, AZ

Presentations on TLC International, ITO America, and the Flexible Display Center

Followed by dinner and a building tour



December 11, 2012

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

It was a holiday get-together.

Chapter Meeting

September 6, 2012 

Honeywell in Phoenix

Presentations from Honeywell

Followed by dinner and a demonstration

Chapter Meeting

May 22, 2012

Flexible Display Center in Tempe, Az

Presentations on Gamma Dynamics and the Flexible Display Center

Followed by dinner and a building tour

Chapter Officer Kick-off Meeting

February 27, 2012

Chapter Officer Election

January, 2012

ASU’s Photovoltaic Testing Facility Tour

16 Dec 2009 


TUV Rheinland PTL, LLC

2210 S. Roosevelt St.

Tempe, AZ 85282


TÜV Rheinland PTL is a world‐renowned facility for

PV technology testing located in Tempe, Arizona, USA. TÜV

Rheinland PTL is a partnership between the TÜV

Rheinland®, a $1.5 billion USD provider of independent

testing, assessment, and certification services for industry;

and Arizona State University (ASU), one of the leading research

and educational institutions in the USA. Locally, the

ASU's photovoltaic have been providing testing services to

the photovoltaic (solar) power marketplace since 1992


Flexible Displays and Their Future

8 Oct 2009 

Joint SID/ASME Meeting



Flexible Display Center

ASU Research Park

7700 South River Parkway

Tempe, Arizona 85284


Join us for an exciting tour of the Flexible Display Center at

Arizona State University. FDC is an U.S. Army funded facility located at

the ASU Research Park in Tempe, AZ. It has a state-of-the-art infrastructure

with 25,000 sq. ft. class 10/100/1000 clean room dedicated

for the development of flexible displays and electronics. There are more

than 25 industrial/university partners collaborating with FDC. There

will be a brief presentation from Dr. Sameer Venugopal about the Flexible

Display Center and its accomplishments. After the presentation,

there will be a tour of the fab and some of the latest demos using flexible

displays. More information about FDC can be found at

Director Kalluri Sarma

Chairman Mark Strnad

Co- Chairman Open

Treasurer Eric Thran

Secretary Dan Schott

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