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Dr. Oliver Briel is Director Global Business Electronics of the Precious Metals Chemistry Business Unit of Umicore where he is responsible for the business segment electronics which is developing and marketing advanced precursors for thin film applications. Prior to this function, from 2005 – 2013, Oliver was Marketing Director of Umicore’s Precious Metals Chemistry Business unit, where he was responsible for marketing and business development of organometallic catalysts and compounds. He began his industrial career when joining the Precious Metals Chemistry Unit in 1999 as a Scientist in the Applied Technology group (1999-2005), with particular focus on homogeneous catalysis and recovery of Precious Metals from spent catalysts. Oliver was born in Tübingen, Germany and studied Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, where he received his Ph.D in Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry in 1997 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Beck dealing with “ p-bridged bi- and multi-transitionmetall complexes and their non-linear-optical behavior”.
  Dr. Richard Chang is Zing Semiconductor’s Founder and CEO. After receiving his degree from National Taiwan University, he went on to receive a Master’s degree in engineering science from SUNY-Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University. He has over 30 years of semiconductor experience, including 20 years with Texas Instruments in both R&D and Operation areas. Dr. Chang is also the founder of SMIC, China’s largest semiconductor foundry. After his retirement from SMIC, he went on to start a number of companies devoted to new energy solutions. In June 2014, he created Zing Semiconductor Corporation in Shanghai, the first company in China mass-producing 300mm silicon wafers for sale at current technology nodes.
  Robert Clark received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2000 from U.C. Irvine and holds B.S. and M.S. Chemistry degrees from Virginia Tech. He joined Air Products and Chemicals in 2000 where he worked as a Principal Research Chemist developing ALD High K and Metal Gate precursors including the first ALD High K Gate Dielectric precursor used in high volume manufacturing. In 2006 he Joined Tokyo Electron at the TEL Technology Center, America (TTCA), LLC in Albany, New York and relocated to California in 2010. He is currently an elected Senior Member of the Technical Staff for Tokyo Electron U.S. His research spans FEOL and BEOL integration and devices including advanced device integration, ALD, CVD, patterning, functional patterning/integration films, selective depositions, ALE, advanced cleans, surface preparations, FinFETs, Nanowire FETs, High K/Metal Gate Films, advanced contacts, alternative channel materials, resistive memories and DRAM. He chaired SRC Device Sciences in 2013 and is currently on the ITRS Wafer and Environmental Control Committee. He is a member of several conference committees including SISC, VLSI-TSA, and AVS ALD. He holds more than 35 issued U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and conference presentations including numerous invited presentations and papers.
  Risto Puhakka is President of VLSIresearch, leading the company’s commercial operations and market research activities.  He is an expert in Semiconductor Capital Equipment markets as well as Semiconductor Manufacturing. Risto has advised companies, investors, and agencies in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.  As an experienced market researcher and analyst, his work draws from VLSI’s global network to provide market intelligence for companies engaged in the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain. Risto advises managers, boards, and investors about semiconductor market trends and strategic industry statistics. He is a regularly invited speaker at conferences about various topics in semiconductor manufacturing and equipment markets. At VLSIresearch, Risto works on numerous client projects in a variety of semiconductor manufacturing segments. Risto is a graduate of Helsinki University of Technology (MSc) and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business (MBA).  When Risto is not working he cherishes time with his family, runs very long distances, and is occasionally spotted flying model airplanes.
Scott Ray is with HighQ-Factory GmbH, a German design and manufacturing company which produces various types of waste water recycling systems. Scott has been with HighQ-Factory since 2010 and is responsible for North American operations. He has over 21 years experience in the semiconductor manufacturing industry from field service, process & sustaining engineering to design and manufacturing. His background includes electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering roles. Scott has a BSEE from Lamar University and is a principle/owner in various local businesses in the Austin, TX area.
Hans Stork joined ON Semiconductor in 2011 as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for the company’s process research and development.
With nearly three decades of experience in technology development, Dr. Stork has held various leadership positions including Group Vice President and CTO of the Si Systems Group at Applied Materials, and Senior Vice President and CTO of Texas Instruments and director of Si Technology Development at TI. During his career, Dr. Stork has worked with some of the semiconductor industry’s leading innovators including Hewlett Packard and IBM Research.
Dr. Stork holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an Electrical Engineering Ingenieur (Cum Laude) from Delft University in the Netherlands. He has authored numerous scientific articles and papers, and served as a board director for Sematech and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Imec and is a member of the Supervisory Board of ASML.