Donald W. Hamer
Founder and Chairman | State of the Art, Inc.
BS Ceramic Engineering, University of Illinois, 1945
MBA, University of Chicago, 1958
BS Electrical Engineering, Penn State University, 1968
Illinois Chapter, 1943
Wife: Marie Bednar
Don Hamer is a strong advocate of education. He was the first in his family to earn a college education, entering the University of Illinois at the age of 16. He earned his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering in 1945. After graduation, Don served in the Navy at the end of World War II and again during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an engineer in the ceramics industry in Chicago in the late 1950’s. During this time, his interest grew in the area of financial management, sales and customer service, and he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1958.
Don used his knowledge of ceramics gained at Illinois throughout his career. IN 1963, he was employed by Erie Technological Products (now Murata Electronics) in State College, Pennsylvania, first as Chief Engineer of Erie’s Ceramic Manufacturing Division, then as Corporate Research Director. While working for Erie, he studied for and received a BS Degree at Penn State University.
In 1969, he started his own business, State of the Art, Inc., which has evolved into a leading manufacturer of high reliability resistors in the microelectronics market, currently with 110 employees and sales in the $10-15 million range.
In the past decade, he has moved away from day to day management at State of the Art, Inc., and has become involved in local start-up concerns, philanthropy, volunteerism, and other personal interests. He continues his education with reading/studying of subjects such as history, science, business, and politics.
Board Member & Past President, Clear-Water Conservancy; Past Chairman, Palmer Museum of Art Board of Advisors; Senior Advisory Committee, U. of Illinois Materials Science & Engineering Dept.; President’s Advisory Council, Penn State University; Advisory Board, U. of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; American Ceramic Society President’s Council of Industrial Advisors; Microcircuit Society Educational Foundation, Past Trustee & Chairman.
Fellow, American Ceramic Society; Distinguished Alumnus, Penn State University; Distinguished Alumnus in Engineering, University of Illinois; Daniel Hughes Award, International Society for Hybrid Microelectronics; Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Award, The White House; Renaissance Man of the Year, Penn State University.
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