R.A. Bartolini

Robert A. Bartolini - Board Member

Dr. Robert A. Bartolini retired from the Sarnoff Corporation in 2005 after 40 years of service. He joined Sarnoff (formally RCA Laboratories) in 1966 and at the time of his retirement, was Senior Vice-President with responsibility for Sarnoff’s Commercial and International Business Operations (which included Sarnoff Europe, a subsidiary of Sarnoff Corp.). Throughout his career at Sarnoff, he was involved with a variety of programs in both R&D and innovative product development.

During his R&D days, Dr. Bartolini made major technical contributions to the field of optoelectronics including: Optical Memory Applications, which included development of materials and systems for high density data storage applications using semiconductor diode lasers and Holography, which involved development of novel optical recording materials for relief-phase and volume-phase holograms. In 1986, he was the recipient of RCA's highest technical honor, the David Sarnoff Medal for this body of work.  Much of this work is now embodied in present day products such as DVD’s, CD-ROM’s and smart credit cards.

From 1989 to 1998, he led Sarnoff’s semiconductor business and latter was the Senior VP of Commercial Business Operations.  He also served on the Board of Directors of several Sarnoff spin-off ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries. He presently continues on the Board of Directors of the David Sarnoff Museum & Library Collection.

Dr. Bartolini holds a BSEE from Villanova University, an MSEE from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  During his career, he has received numerous Professional Honors and Awards;  the most recent award, in 2002, was Villanova University’s College of Engineering highest honor, the J. Stanley Morehouse Memorial Award, for his many significant professional achievements in technology development and business leadership.  He has also been granted 22 U.S. Patents, and published or presented over 100 technical papers.  Dr. Bartolini is a Fellow of both Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Optical Society of America.