DR. LEE W. TUTT, MATERIALS SCIENTIST
Dr. Tutt received his B.S. degree in Chemistry with honors from the California Institute of Technology and completed his Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from UCLA.
Working in the field of material science for the Hughes Research Laboratories, he received a government contract based on his ideas to research an approach for laser eye protection. He then wrote a review of optical limiting mechanisms that has garnered over 1000 citations. His work on materials deposition, device architectures and their constituents has led to many publications.
He worked for Eastman Kodak Company for over 25 years in the fields of materials science, laser thermal degradation and transfer of materials, OLEDs, semiconductor devices, and synthesis of new dyes.
Dr. Tutt is experienced using many analytical tools such as EDS, SEM, XPS, UPS, X-RAY diffraction, AA, Auger Spectroscopy, FIB, GC-Mass Spec, AFM, UV-Vis, IR, Raman and NMR. The combination of Dr. Tutt’s deep understanding of materials science and chemistry, combined with his experience applying analytical techniques, has enabled him to ascertain why materials act/interact-to solve product failures and manufacturing issues.
Due to his expertise, Dr. Tutt has been a fact witness for a patent case while at Eastman Kodak Company.
At Kodak he was adept at assembling novel metrology prototypes for measuring non-standard and unique parameters to investigate cutting edge processes. He used 3D printing, CAD and microcontrollers, combined with custom and off-the-shelf sensors to obtain the required data in an efficient manner.
At Eastman Kodak Company he was a Senior Qualified Electrical Person charged with overseeing other researchers working with over 50 volts as well as a designated Laser Safety Coordinator maintaining laser inventory and safety protocols for department personnel.
Dr. Tutt has an extensive background in research, treating each piece of research as a puzzle to solve and understand. This mindset leads to novel approaches to solving problems and generated technological impetus for over 100 patents to his name.
In 2016, Dr. Tutt was named an Inventor of the Year by the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association.
Dr. Tutt’s interests in problem solving and invention outside of work led him to begin creating rubix-like puzzles and, to date, he has invented 2 commercialized puzzles; the Holey megaminx and the Tuttminx.
Dr. Tutt is an Eagle scout and has been a mentor to a a FIRST robotics team for 12 years.
Acronyms: OLED- Organic Light Emitting Diode, EDS- Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy, SEM- Scanning Electron Microscope, XPS- X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, UPS- Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy, AA- Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, FIB- Focused Ion Beam, GC- Gas Chromatography, AFM- Atomic Force Microscopy, UV-Vis Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy, IR- Infrared Spectroscopy, NMR- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, CAD- Computer Aided Design, FIRST- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology