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 Expert  731411

Expert in Microelectronic Processing and Overall Supply Chain


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Arizona (AZ)
Arizona
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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He has 15 years of experience working with world-class professionals in the electronic- material, device & systems industry. His thesis, completed in the same research group, which founded power chip and LED lighting leader, Cree, focused on microelectronic processing and characterization of ZnO & GaN-metal interfaces, facilitated applications including optoelectronics & RF ICs. He was a process engineer in Micron's Strategic R&D Department in collaboration with Intel via IMFT, where he helped enable advancements in NAND flash, SSDs, DRAM, 3D-ICs & CMOS image sensor ICs & was an industry pioneer & leading innovator in the revolutionary technology of multi-patterning for shrinking microchip node sizes. Thereafter, this individual worked as a technology manager, specializing in ALD, at ASM International (ASMI), one of the leading equipment providers for top microelectronic integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) of MEMS, LEDs, magnetic heads/HDDs, and various semiconductor chips produced by top and middle tier device makers and foundries. Thereafter, he worked for a top global microelectronics process equipment supplier in TEL focused on fab and packaging R&D for advanced IC, LED & flat-panel display technology- primarily focused on hardware and chip process development for industry-leading customers such as Micron, SK Hynix, Samsung, Intel, TSMC, TI, IBM, Toshiba, Western Digital, UMC, Cree, Philips & GlobalFoundries, where he has generated innovative manufacturing schemes to boost sales & yield. Currently, Expert is a Principal Technical Sales Engineer Lead for EMD Performance Materials, a branch of Merck KGaA, focused on this same customer base for ICs and flat-panel display chemical materials delivery systems. He has authored over 10 US and foreign patents & peer-reviewed publications; plus over 400 internet journal articles, which have received many prestigious citations in the national media. Expert is a Senior Member of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) Society, SEMI Standard US Smart Manufacturing Council and Materials Research Society (MRS). For 10 years, he has led a microelectronics technology consulting firm part-time focused on all aspects of the business for this overall industry.
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complementary metal-oxide semiconductor integrated circuit

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II-VI semiconductor material

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III-V semiconductor material

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integrated circuit

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metal-nitride-oxide semiconductor

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metal-oxide semiconductor material

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photovoltaic cell

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thin-film deposition

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amorphous semiconductor

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atomic layer deposition

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complementary metal-oxide semiconductor device

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micro electrical-mechanical system

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backlighting

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flat-panel display

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incandescence

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light-emitting diode

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light-emitting diode signboard display

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lighting device

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liquid crystal display

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optical communication

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payback period

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piezoelectric polymer

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polysilazane

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Schottky barrier diode

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silicon carbide

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clean room equipment

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epitaxial silicon

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integrated-circuit manufacturing

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processing

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semiconductor chip

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semiconductor device

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semiconductor device manufacturing

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semiconductor fabrication clean-room management

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semiconductor growth

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semiconductor material

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semiconductor material processing

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semiconductor processing equipment

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semiconductor technology

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semiconductor wafer processing

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silicon processing

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silicon wafer foundry

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silicon wafer processing

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single crystal

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wet chemical etching

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epitaxy

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photovoltaics

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solar energy

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solar technology

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thin film

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thin-film photovoltaic cell

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solar panel

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electronic device


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Phoenix, Arizona;  Tucson, Arizona;  Mesa, Arizona;  Glendale, Arizona;  Scottsdale, Arizona;  Chandler, Arizona;  Tempe, Arizona;  Gilbert, Arizona;  and Peoria, Arizona.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2003   Ph.D.   Materials Science and Engineering   North Carolina State University  
2001   Master's   Materials Science and Engineering   North Carolina State University  
1999   B.S.   Physics   University of Arizona  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to 2014

 

Expert's Firm

 

Electronic Material & Device Technology

 

Sr. Research Analyst

 

Expert aids leading electronic systems-device-material supply chain companies with technical roadmap development, process improvement and yield enhancement programs for electronic devices. His responsibilities include but are not limited to: Market research reports/strategic marketing services for high-tech companies such as: forecasts, business trends, driving forces, policies, R&D; industry landscape *Evaluation of technical & business metrics for full supply chain & end markets; Roadmaps; Seminars; Business/sales development *Fab layout tooling/equipment selection; Strategic business & engineering consulting for industry leaders; Patent searches/Literature reviews *Publishing column for Phoenix Examiner on microelectronics (LEDs, sensors, mobile device, ICs, renewable energy) cited by national media & leading trade journals

2010 to 2011

 

Expert's Firm

 

Advanced Materials Department

 

Sr. Process Engineer

 

*Superconducting magnetic sensor fabrication, process development, materials characterization, device design for power delivery/sensors devices *World-class device metrics; Frequent materials characterization: TEM, SEM/FIB/EDS, XRD, RBS/PIXE, XPS, AES, AFM & electrical device testing *Equipment modifications for enhanced performance; Process optimization; Innovative wet process techniques; IP development; *Investment fundraising; Data mining; Defect reduction; Yield enhancement; Logistical & strategic planning = $100k cost-savings *Program management of Phoenix site including coordination of budget, inventory, group activities & technical status updates for CEO

2008 to 2009

 

Expert's Firm

 

Expert's Firm

 

Sr. Process Engineer

 

*Thin-film deposition process development (metal, insulator), characterization and integration for MEMS, LED, IC/electronics; HDD/magnetic heads *Process consulting on customer applications including throughput, critical temp specs, cost & yield; New product/business proposals *Led million dollar capital project for Intel client including equipment & process setup, safety, precursor selection & timeline *IP generation including several disclosures; Custom hard/software development for streamlined automation; Film/device testing *Suppliers: DOW, Praxair, Air Liquide, ATMI, BASF & Customers: TSMC, Samsung, Intel, Micron, TI, IBM, Panasonic, Seagate etc.

2004 to 2007

 

Expert's Firm

 

Strategic R&D Department

 

Process Engineer

 

*Microelectronic process, integration & device design with various semiconductor fabrication methods, characterization & electrical testing *Original process owner for critical insulator layer & facilitated integration into world-wide production at 3 IC levels leading to $20M company investment & advanced litho patterning capability & inherent defect reduction plus 3 pending patents *Initiated: 25nm NAND Flash process flow, FEOL & BEOL development for 3D-ICs, DRAM & NAND, Key IC solutions for major yield enhancement *Product development for solid state disk drive/Flash memory, CMOS image sensor camera chip used for automobiles & mobile device apps.

2014 to 2015

 

Expert's Firm

 

R&D

 

Sr. Engineering Manager

 

*Yield improvement for microelectronic process equipment *Certification & chemical analysis of tools used in microelectronic process supply chain *Fab process & metrology equipment development & testing *IC product-related application consulting

2015 to 2017

 

Expert's Firm

 

Etch Systems

 

R&D Engineering Lead

 

*New Product Development *Advanced memory IC R&D *IC yield enhancement & semiconductor equipment performance improvement *Fab and packaging process equipment & process development for leading edge logic and memory ICs

2017 to

 

Expert's Firm

 

Global Accounts

 

Principal Technical Sales Engineer

 

*Flat-panel display, LED, MEMS, IC yield, cost, quality & cycle time enhancement *CMP, Litho, Deposition, Spin-on Materials R&D for leading edge semiconductors *Fab & chemical synthesis process control and defect reduction *Chemical and thin film characterization and metrology


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

MRS, APS, IEEE, IES, AVS, SPIE, Society of Industry Leaders, IES, numerous other technical affiliations through attendance at various microelectronics/LED/solar conferences

Professional Appointments

Columnist for UBM Tech journals including: Planet Analog, ALL LED Lighting, Datacenter Acceleration and Internet of Things in addition to IBM Midsize Insider IT journal, Applied Physics Letters & Journal of Applied Physics co-editor

Awards/Recognition

IEEE- Senior Member Elevation, numerous citations of past publications in textbooks and top US media and tech trade journals


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Authored 4 international peer-reviewed journal publications, over 10 US/foreign patent applications, numerous US issued patents and numerous invention disclosures and trade secrets, globally renown microelectronics writing column 2009-2015

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Expert's Firm  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1994 to 1995   DOD Oak Ridge National Lab   Student Researcher   Advanced surface modification processing and characterization
2007 to 2010   DOE National Lab Visiting Scientist   Electronic Materials R&D   PV solar, MEMS, advanced IC device development and testing
2013 to 2014   US Patent and Trademark Office   Patent Examiner contractor   *Patentability and first inventor searches for USPTO, companies and single inventors *See Work Experience section

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Manufacturing cost breakdown and supply chain review for LED lighting products
  • Outsourcing strategy of materials characterization and electrical device/IC testing for semiconductor companies
  • CMOS wafer fabrication capital equipment budget, R&D and process flow for high-volume manufacturing plant
  • Prospectus and forecast for GaN in high-power, high-frequency and LED lighting applications
  • Current and future microelectronic IC packaging, assembly and testing cost breakdown, supply chain, and profitability analysis
  • Fab capacity resource planning for leading edge microchips
  • Competitive analysis of semiconductor equipment and materials providers
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to 2017   Japan/Asia   Semiconductor capital equipment process development at Hitachi-Kokusai in Toyama
2007 to 2013   Korea/Asia   Consultant to misc. semiconductor and IC high-tech companies and firms
2007 to 2013   UK/Europe   Consultant to misc. semiconductor and IC high-tech companies and firms

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   Fluent
Spanish   Intermediate

Market Research:
Please see writing column for wide array of topics concerning alternative energy, LED lighting, PV solar, semiconductors and low power microchips.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Guest presentations on microelectronic device fabrication, characterization and yield enhancement at companies & facilities including: Oak Ridge National Lab, Idaho National Lab, National Renewable Energy Lab, Northrup Grumman, IBM, Cree, Soraa, Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) MEMS Foundry, TEL, TriQuint, RFMD, Intel, Auburn University, Raytheon, Princeton University, Cymer/ASML

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Northrup Grumman, IBM, Cree, Soraa, Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) MEMS Foundry, TEL, TriQuint, RFMD, Intel, Raytheon, Cymer/ASML, LAM, Intel, Applied Materials, FEI, TI, Tessera, Veeco, ASE Group, Intermolecular, Spansion, IMFT, Freescale, EV Group,

Other Skills and Services

Market forecasts and projections in relevant expertise


 

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