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”.
Nora Colligan is a Principal Engineer in Material Technology at Samsung working on quality improvements for chemical and CMP slurry materials.  13 years experience at Samsung starting as a CVD process engineer and eventually moving into material technology. Nora holds a M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.
  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.
  Dr. 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.
  Jack Faught is a Chemical Engineer with over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and purification of stable isotope gases and electronic gases. Jack is currently the Head of Isotope Products for Linde Electronics and Specialty Gases, a position he has held since 1999 and a member of the United States Department of Energy’s Nuclear Science Advisory Committee for Isotopes since 2009.
NSAC publications include: Compelling Research Opportunities using Isotopes, 2009 & Isotopes for the Nation’s Future: A long range plan, 2009.
  Jeff Hemphill is a Staff Materials R&D Engineer at Intel Corporation. Jeff started his Intel career as a process engineer with a focus on FEOL wet cleans. For the past 11 years, Jeff has been in Intel’s Fab Materials organization, in charge of development and selection of new chemicals for advanced technology nodes.
  Richard Hengst received BS and MS degrees from Penn State University in Ceramic Science and Engineering before going on to hold positions in application engineering, technical sales, engineering manager and now product management. He has over 30 years of industrial experience in the ceramics field, including more than 20 related to semiconductor components; he has spent his last 6 years with CoorsTek Inc. Richard is best known for his work with joint development of SiC products with global customers for their specific application requirements.
  Scott Jones is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Strategy practice with more than 15 years of experience working with high tech companies to solve critical strategic and operational challenges. Scott is recognized as a thought leader in the Semiconductor industry with previous experience as a program manager at Intel and a leading equity analyst covering the sector at JPMorgan. He has published articles and given numerous talks on advanced technology topics such as 3D/2.5D TSV, EUV, 3D NAND at industry events for Semicon West, 3DIncites, ISS, SEMI 3D/TSV Summit, and ConFab.
  Eric Joseph is a Research Staff Member and Senior Manager of the Advanced Materials and Process Technology Group within the Science and Solutions organization at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He joined IBM in 2005 and is currently responsible for defining and delivering novel process technology strategy and capability for IBM’s advanced prototyping facility. He is an author or co-author of over 20 technical papers, has over 80 patents filed or pending, and has been an active member of AVS, helping to establish the AVS Atomic Layer Etch Workshop and serving as the inaugural chair in 2015. In addition, he is on the AVS Board of Directors and is currently the Vice Chair for the AVS 64th International Symposium in Tampa, Florida.
  Darron Jurajda is the Semiconductor Business Unit Director at Brewer Science. He is an expert in materials and process research for anti-reflective materials, multilayer materials and processes for lithography. He has a diverse background including photolithography, chemical operations and laboratory research. Darron has published in several technical proceedings and publications, including SPIE, Microlithography Symposium, and Solid State Technology. He is a member SPIE and a SEMI Texas Committee. Darron hold a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
  Alister MacDonald is General Manager-Marketing of Alkane Resources, a multi-commodity mining and exploration company developing its flagship Dubbo Project, a new source of High k Critical Metals in New South Wales, Australia. Alister studied ceramic engineering at the University of New South Wales, and is a specialist in technical marketing, business development, and strategic supply chain analysis for Zirconium, Hafnium, Rare Earths, and other minor metals and minerals. Alister has over 30 years’ international experience in various capacities across the zirconium/hafnium industry, from mineral sands to zirconium chemicals and precursors, and technical ceramics components, with an in depth understanding of the key issues facing critical metals supply from China and elsewhere.
  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.
Dr. Nathan Stafford is the Global Product Manager for Emerging Specialty Materials for Air Liquide Electronics. Nathan is responsible for the business development and product management of new etching gases, and led the launch in 2016 of a new product family called enScribeTM. Nathan joined Air Liquide in 2007 as a Researcher focused on developing new materials for the Semiconductor market. From 2010-2015, as Global Product Manager, New Electronic Specialty Gases Nathan focused on the development of new specialty materials and customer applications for the Semiconductor market. Nathan’s focus has primarily been on the development of new etching gases working with Air Liquide technical teams and leading edge device manufacturers and equipment manufacturers to solve leading edge etching challenges. Nathan holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. 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.

Rohit Takalkar is a semiconductor industry professional with 10years experience in CMOS process development, manufacturing and semiconductor material quality. Currently, he is a senior Engineer in Material Technology Group at Samsung Austin Semiconductor for past 3 years. His primary responsibilities at Samsung involve complete ownership of incoming wafers, specialty and Photo chemicals leading material quality, vendor development and fab support for MT. Prior to Samsung, Rohit has 8 years of Process Integration experience at IBM, SRDC Group in Fishkill, NY. In IBM he had ownership of multiple FEOL modules including NiSi, Epitaxy across multiple technology nodes. Majority of his time at IBM was leading Embedded DRAM module for 32nm and 45nm SOI in Development and Manufacturing phases at IBM. Rohit, has completed his M.S. in Material Science and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN in 2004 primarily working on fabrication and characterization of Diamond Thin Film devices. He has Bachelor of Engineering degree in Metallurgy from University of Pune, India. Rohit has 1 issued patent, 19 publications and more than 50 citations for CMOS process, characterization and Diamond thin film deposition.

Tito Tang is a Diffusion and CMP Principal Manufacturing Engineer at Cypress Fab25 in Austin TX. She holds several patents and has authored several papers that were published with ISSM (International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing) and ICPT (International Conference on Planarization/CMP Technology). She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin.
  James Votaw is an environmental law partner in the Washington DC office of Keller and Heckman LLP. His practice focuses on the regulation of conventional and nanoscale chemicals and pesticides, and consumer and industrial products. For his clients, Mr. Votaw obtains pre-market product approvals and exemptions, including the first U.S. approval of a nanoscale pesticide. He negotiates testing orders, defends enforcement actions, advises on restrictions and disclosures associated with the chemical content of products, counsels on release and other environmental reporting, and supports environmental regulatory and liability aspects of commercial transactions. He provides strategic and regulatory compliance counseling within existing and emerging industries, initiates compliance training, conducts internal investigations, performs compliance auditing, offers facility permitting services and develops product compliance plans and systems. Mr. Votaw represents clients before State and Federal regulatory agencies and federal courts.  His clients include companies in the nanotechnology, chemicals, life sciences, semiconductor, filtration, equipment manufacturing, transportation, retail and consumer product, property development, and trade association industry sectors. Chambers and Partners placed Mr. Votaw in their prestigious Ranked Attorney Environmental Law – District of Columbia category in the USA Guide for 2014, 2015, and 2016.