Guest Speakers

ETSU student Entrepreneurs’ Club to host Morgan and Lisa Pattison

The East Tennessee State University student Entrepreneurs’ Club will welcome Morgan and Lisa Pattison to speak on Monday, March. 2, at 5 p.m. in room 322 of Sam Wilson Hall.

The Pattisons founded and operate Solid State Lighting Services Inc., a consulting business focused on the technology of LEDs, OLEDs and solid-state lighting. They provide technical advice to the U.S. Department of Energy, investors and start-up companies. In addition, they develop products for clients, review LED lighting products and occasionally handle lighting design projects from their home in Johnson City. And, as a team, they have co-founded three businesses plus a small school. They are currently setting up their fourth technology start-up in the area of aviation lighting.

The Pattisons will give an overview of LED lighting technology and how it is revolutionizing the lighting industry, as well as a look at operating a consulting business, the value of patents and new ways of doing business.

Lisa attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her undergraduate work. As a freshman, she was co-inventor of the magnetic tunnel junction, the basis for all magnetic hard drives used in computers prior to the development of solid-state memory. She also holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, both in materials science. She is a registered patent agent and an inventor with several patents to her credit. She is also a student in the ETSU Bluegrass, Country and Old-time Music program.

Morgan attended the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He continued his education at UCSB, earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in materials science.

His thesis advisor, Shuji Nakamura, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014 for inventing the blue LED, the foundation for all LED lighting. Working with Nakamura prepared Morgan for a position as senior technical advisor to the Department of Energy’s Solid State Lighting Program

Morgan also has several patents to his credit, some of which have served as the base intellectual property for viable start-ups.

The public is invited to this free program. Directions to Sam Wilson Hall can be found by visiting For additional information, contact Mitzi Brookshear at or 423-439-7444. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.