Curtis R. Carlson

Curtis Carlson

Curtis R. Carlson
Author, Inventor, and Entrepreneur

Dr. Carlson, Founder and CEO of The Practice of Innovation, LLC, a company dedicated to improving innovative performance. From 1988 to 2014, Carlson served as president and CEO of SRI International, a leader in creating major innovations, such as Siri, HDTV, and Intuitive Surgical. In 1973, he joined RCA Laboratories, which became part of SRI in 1987 as Sarnoff Corporation. There, Carlson started and helped lead development of HDTV technology that became the U.S. standard, for which he and his team won an Emmy® Award. His BusinessWeek Top-10 book with William Wilmot, Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, describes how SRI’s unique process for innovation can be applied to all types of government and commercial enterprises. He is a member of the NAE initiative to recommend improved innovation practices for the NSF. He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.