IWLPC Technical Committee
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Co-Chair: John Lannon, Ph.D., Micross Advanced Interconnect Technology
Dr. John Lannon is the General Manager of Micross Advanced Interconnect Technology, a business unit of Micross focused on wafer-level advanced packaging, interconnect, and device integration technologies. Since receiving his Ph.D. degree in Physics from WVU in 1996, he has worked on the development of thin film materials and advanced packaging processes (e.g. high density interconnects, TSV integration, and wafer-level vacuum packaging) for next generation microsystems in sensor and scene projector applications.
Thomas Gregorich, ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Thomas Gregorich is Director of Business Development at ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology where he is responsible for 3D measurement and characterization products marketed by the Advanced Packaging Business Unit. Previously Mr. Gregorich held senior-level positions at Western Digital, Micron and Qualcomm, and has extensive experience in the development and commercialization of advanced 3D IC packages. Prior to his position at Qualcomm, Mr. Gregorich worked for Motorola and had assignments in the Semiconductor Products Sector and Corporate Research, in the United States as well as in Japan, Taiwan and China. Mr. Gregorich has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA from Northern Illinois University and is a Senior Member of IEEE.
Zia Karim, Ph.D., Yield Engineering Systems
Zia Karim, an IEEE Sr. Member, is currently Sr. Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Yield Engineering Systems, a leading Semiconductor Equipment Company for Backend Advanced Packaging Processes. Dr. Karim most recently was Vice President of Business Development and Technology at AIXTRON/Genus (acquisitions) where he worked for over 15 years. Dr. Karim has held senior management positions in Applied Materials, and Novellus after he started his career in Sharp Microelectronics in 1994.
Dr. Karim received Ph.D, in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland, and B.Sc and M.Sc degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Dr. Karim took a pioneering role in positioning W/WSi CVD, Low k PECVD, High K ALD, and III-V MOCVD process in Semiconductor Logic and Memory Devices. Dr. Karim organized and moderated “III-V on Si” Seminars jointly with Sematech at every pre-IEDM from 2006 to 2012. Dr. Karim owns fourteen (14) patents. Other than Organizing or co-organizing several Conference Symposiums and related Transactions, Dr. Karim also authored more than forty (40) published papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as provided several Invited talks.
Herb Reiter, eda 2 asic Consulting, Inc.
After more than 20 years in technical and business roles at ASIC vendors and EDA software companies, Herb founded eda2asic Consulting, Inc. in 2002. Initially he focused on business development work to introduce products and services developed by mostly smaller EDA firms to major ASIC vendors. He introduced tools and IP for simplifying and accelerating SoC design efforts for integrating single die solutions into IC packages. Herb earned MSEE and MBA degrees in Austria/Europe, an MBA at San Jose State University and has attended 40+ Continuing Education Classes at Stanford University.
Ted Tessier, Gordian Semiconductor Packaging Solutions
Ted is the Founder and Chief Technologist of Gordian Semiconductor Packaging Solutions, a subsidiary of Gordian International LLC located in Gilbert, Arizona, a semiconductor packaging and international engineering management company with a global client base. He is a highly influential in advanced IC packaging technology circles in areas including Wafer Level Packaging, high density PWB technologies, Fan-In & Fan-Out WLP technologies, flip chip and Cu pillar bumping and assembly and heterogeneous integration. He has managed global engineering organizations at CTO levels for 20+ years. He specializes and practices Open Innovation strategies, successfully drives technology development & deployment into overseas OSAT factories for his clients.
Ted has 25+ years of industry experience and has published more than 150 conference papers and journal publications and has 12 patents issued in a wide array of advanced packaging areas. He also has broad interests and involvement in leading edge packaging solutions for Artificial Intelligence, Medical Electronics, Internet of Things, MEMS / Sensors and Technology Investment Strategies.
Ted graduated with a HBSc. degree in Organic Chemistry from Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario and a Master’s degree in Applied Polymer Chemistry from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
Kim Yess, Brewer Science
Kim Yess, Technology Director for Wafer Level Packaging Materials business, has been employed with Brewer Science since 1989. She holds several granted patents in the area of anti-reflective chemicals developed specifically for the integrated circuits industry, etch protective materials used for applications within the MEMS arena and polymeric adhesives and processes for wafer thinning packaging applications. In her current role she is responsible for identifying development opportunities of new products and applications and manages the operations aspects of the developmental activities within the WLPM business. Kim resides on several technical committees for conference organizations including ECTC and IMAPS. Kim Yess holds an MBA from Webster University and a B.A. (Biology/Chemistry) from Central Missouri State University.
Chair: Saurabh Nilkanth Athavale, Ph. D., Western Digital
Saurabh holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and Doctoral degree in Industrial and Systems Science from State University of New York (Binghamton University). He has over 10 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Western Digital he was responsible for advanced wafer level packaging and board level reliability activities.
Co-Chair: Tom Strothmann, Besi North America, Inc.
Tom Strothmann is the former Director for Advanced Packaging Next-Generation Products at Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc. Prior to joining K&S, Tom managed Wafer Level Products Business Development for STATS ChipPAC, including Fan-In and Fan-Out WLP. Before STATS ChipPAC, Tom was Vice President of Business Development at FlipChip International and responsible for the formation of FlipChip Millennium Shanghai Co. At FlipChip Technologies, Tom successfully managed the transfer of bumping technology and the startup of bump lines for all major OSATS. Tom has 20 years' experience in technology development for wafer bumping and related Advanced Packaging technologies and extensive experience in front end semiconductor manufacturing.
Tanja Braun, Ph.D, Fraunhofer IZM
Tanja Braun studied mechanical engineering at Technical University of Berlin with a focus on polymers and micro systems and joined Fraunhofer IZM in 1999. Since 2000 she is working with the group Assembly & Encapsulation Technologies and since 2016 she is head of this group. In 2013 she received her Dr. degree from the Technical University of Berlin for the work focusing on humidity diffusion through particle-filled epoxy resins. Her field of research is process development of assembly and encapsulation processes, the qualification of these processes using both non-destructive and destructive tools and advanced polymer analysis. Recent research is focused on wafer and panel level packaging technologies and Tanja Braun is leading the Fan-out Panel Level Packaging Consortium at Fraunhofer IZM Berlin.
Burt Carpenter, NXP Semiconductors
Burt Carpenter is a Sr. Principal Engineer at NXP Semiconductors in Austin, TX, where he drives package strategy on various automotive package platforms. During the past 24 years, Burt has held various positions in BGA process development, design, modeling, and package integration as the company transitioned ownership from Motorola to Freescale to NXP. Prior to that he worked in PCB process development at IBM. Burt holds a BS and MS in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jacinta Aman Lim, Nepes
Jacinta Aman Lim has over 20 years of experience in Wafer Level Packaging (Fan-In and Fan-Out), OSAT selection and management, product and package design, product reliability and business development. Jacinta is currently the Technical Director for Business Development at Nepes Corporation. Prior to joining Nepes, Jacinta was the Deputy Director of Business Development for Wafer Level Packaging at STATS ChipPAC. She specializes in advanced Fan-Out packaging (multi die, multi RDL, FOWLP- SiP). She has also worked at Skyworks Solutions, Amkor, Intel and FlipChip International. Jacinta graduated from Arizona State University with her Master of Science in Materials Science Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She also holds a Master in Business Administration with emphasis on Technology Management and a degree in Pianoforte from the Royal Academy of Music in London. In her free time, Jacinta is an avid Bikram Yoga practitioner, enjoys gardening, reading and traveling.
Timo Henttonen, Microsoft
Timo Henttonen is a director of IC packaging at Microsoft in Sunnyvale (CA), where he manages IC package technologies for a variety of end system products. He joined Microsoft 2014 after twenty-year career at Nokia, where he held various global IC packaging operations and technology management roles. In addition to his work in Packaging, he has also managed development of PCB and Flexible Printed Circuits for mobile applications. Mr. Henttonen has made significant contributions to the development of various IC packaging platforms (1st BGAs for mobile, high reliability lead-free metallurgies, 1st PoP, high reliability WLCSP with large die) currently being used in the wireless industry. Mr. Henttonen is a member of IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, has been an invited speaker to ECTC as well as the SEMI European 3D TSV Summit, and holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology (Finland).
Jan Vardaman, TechSearch International, Inc.
Jan Vardaman is the editor of Surface Mount Technology: Recent Japanese Developments, co-author of How to Make IC Packages (published in Japanese by Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun), a columnist with Circuits Assembly Magazine, and the author of numerous publications on emerging trends in semiconductor packaging and assembly. She served on the NSF-sponsored World Technology Evaluation Center study team involved in investigating electronics manufacturing in Asia and on the US mission to study manufacturing in China. She is a member of IEEE CPMT, IMAPS, SMTA, and SEMI. She was elected to two terms on the IEEE CPMT Board of Governors. She received her BA in Economics and Business from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1979 and her MA in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981.
Advanced Manufacturing & Test
Chair: Garrett Oakes, EV Group
Garrett Oakes is the Director of Technology for EV Group North America in Tempe, Arizona. Since joining EV Group in 2006, he has held positions in Strategic Sales and Applications Engineering. In his current role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the applications lab and managing the efforts of the engineering organization. Prior to EVG, he spent eleven years as a photolithography process and development engineer for IBM and Hitachi in their storage technology divisions. Garrett holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He also holds several U.S. patents on the subject of temporary bond and debond for back end wafer processing.
Co-Chair: Shekar Krishnaswamy, Applied Materials
Shekar has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing including wafer fab manufacturing, assembly and test. He started his career in IBM-Fishkill working in the advanced packaging segment focused on manufacturing multi-layer ceramic packages. His specific areas of expertise include traditional Industrial Engineering methods as well as systems related methodologies such as modeling, scheduling, dispatching and factory automation. Shekar has held senior technical and management positions at IBM, Motorola and AMD including management of corporate Operations Research departments supporting factory and service groups. Shekar has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
Ira Feldman, Feldman Engineering Corp.
Ira Feldman manages and develops unique high technology solutions and business strategies as a principal consultant at Feldman Engineering Corp. FEC supports clients with technical marketing and product generation processes. His expertise includes high volume manufacturing of complex technology products in the consumer electronics, semiconductor test, and computer test industries covering a wide size range of products and technologies from microfabricated 3D fully-assembled micro-machines to Automated Test Equipment (ATE) and mini-computers. Mr. Feldman has worked at both startups (NanoNexus and Microfabrica) and global companies (Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies). He is the General Chair of TestConX formerly the Burn-in & Test Strategies (BiTS) Workshop. And he earned BS and Master of Engineering degrees from Harvey Mudd College.
Habib Hichri, Ph.D., SÜSS MicroTec Inc.
Habib Hichri joined SUSS MicroTec on October 2013 as Engineering Applications Director in Corona CA, USA. Before joining SUSS MicroTec, Habib spend about 12 years with IBM Semiconductors Research and Development Center in East Fishkil, NY where he worked as lead process integration engineer for microprocessor (IBM), games and communications chips. He later was promoted to management position within IBM on process development in lithography and Dry Reactive Ion Etch in the front end of line area for microprocessor fabrication. Habib holds over 35 U.S. patents and authored over 30 publications and presentations. Habib received Master and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Claude Bernard University at Lyon, France and an MBA degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.