Dorota Temple, PhD, has spent much of her professional life leading scientists and engineers in developing new technology capabilities. She began her career as a Member of Technical Staff and then Principal Scientist of the MCNC Research and Development Institute, where she spent 17 years conducting and managing research projects in advanced integrated circuits, microfabricated field emission sources, and optical display technologies. As Technical Director at RTI International, she continued her work in semiconductors through research and development of three-dimensional microsystem integration, electronic circuits manufacture on flexible substrates, and advanced infrared focal plane arrays. These programs resulted in technologies that are now practiced by commercial defense companies and RTI spinouts.
In recent years, Temple has applied her expertise in semiconductor sensors, imaging devices, and advanced data analytics to the development of automated systems to detect threats posed by weapons of mass destruction. These systems use chemical and biological sensors and wearable physiological devices and incorporate artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms operating on the sensor signals to provide presymptomatic warning of exposure to pathogens and toxins.
Temple has chaired and served on many organizing committees for international conferences, including SPIE Defense and Security Symposia, and was an elected member of the Board of Directors for the AVS Science and Technology Society. She is past Editor-in-Chief of the RTI Press. She has authored or coauthored over 170 scientific publications and holds 13 U.S. Patents.