2022 Speaker Biographies

KEYNOTE: John Whitman

My career in Semiconductors began in 1988 at Micron Technologies Boise, Idaho location. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work at several of Micron’s global sites and have spent 30+ years with this excellent company always learning and growing.

During the first half of my career, I gained knowledge and experience in multiple environments spanning various wafer diameters, memory types and facilities, focusing primarily on Mfg and R&D Photolithography Engineering.

In 2005 I joined the new fab startup with the Intel / Micron Joint Venture in Lehi, UT as the Lithography Department Manager, later moving to roles in site-based Cost Reduction and Procurement. In 2010 I was able to join the IM Flash Singapore new fab startup as the Fab & Site Director.

In late 2012 returned to Boise, Idaho to assist the R&D organization at Micron with their efforts in Manufacturing Development & later Process/ Equipment Development engineering, working across multiple memory platforms.

Late 2017, I was allowed the opportunity to join the Glocal Procurement organization as VP of the Front-End team. In 2020, my role was expanded to VP of Front-End Procurement and Operations Central Teams, This scope allows for greater synergies across all sites and supplier facing activities, In 2021, I was promoted to Corporate Vice President and am excited to continue my role leading the Front-End Operations Central Teams and Procurement.


George Alajajian

George Alajajian is the Vice President, Strategic Parts Supply Chain at Intel Corporation. He joined Global Supply Chain team in early 2020 and is responsible for shaping Intel’s spare parts supply chain network to deliver world class parts performance in terms of quality, availability, cost & cycle time to Intel’s Technology and High-Volume Manufacturing operations.

George has more than 25 years of industry experience, with 20+ years in senior executive positions in the semiconductor capital equipment industry. He has established a solid track record, by delivering step function improvements in operational performance and productivity. In addition, he setup and ran large scale / complex multifunctional (engineering, IT, manufacturing, supply chain and spares) teams, and successfully established geographically dispersed supply chain and business operations.

George joined Intel from Applied Materials where he served in various leadership roles, including Corporate VP, Global Operations and Component Engineering for Applied Global Services Group, Corporate VP Global Sourcing Organization. Prior to Applied, George was VP of operations for E-Beam Metrology Group at KLA-Tencor Corporation and Corporate Officer and Operations VP of Kevex Instruments. He holds a doctorate in Physics from Yerevan State University in the Republic of Armenia and MBA degree from Pepperdine University.


Jay Zhang

JDr. Jay Zhang is currently Business Development Director at Corning’s Precision Glass Solutions business. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University and his MBA from Cornell University. Dr. Zhang joined Corning in 2000 and has been in various technology management and leadership roles with Corning’s Science and Technology and Specialty Materials divisions. In the last five years, Dr. Zhang has led Corning’s glass wafer development programs aimed at serving the needs of fan-out wafer level packaging, advanced wafer thinning, as well as using glass wafers in a Si fab.

Jeff Gambino

Jeff Gambino, Ph.D. has been with onsemi, Gresham, OR, since 2015. He is currently working on CMOS image sensors and high voltage semiconductors.

Prior to joining onsemi, Dr. Gambino was a staff engineer at IBM. During his 31 years at IBM, Dr. Gambino developed silicide processes, contact and interconnect processes for 0.25-, 0.175-, and 0.15-um DRAM products, and processes for copper interconnects, CMOS image sensors, RF devices, and 3D integration.

Dr. Gambino received a B.S. degree in materials science from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1979, and the PhD degree in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1984. He has published over 200 technical papers and holds over 500 patents.)


Jennifer Braggin

Jennifer Braggin is a member of the CTO’s Office at Entegris. While holding various roles intechnical marketing and engineering management at several companies, her career has focused on improving manufacturing yields, enhancing training efforts, and communicating technical achievements to international customers and partners. A lifelong learner, Jennifer is also a Lecturer at the Gordon Institute at Tufts University where she oversees the engineering management minor and teaches engineering management and leadership courses.

Dr. Lihong Cao

Dr. Lihong Cao is a Director in ASE Group based on Austin, USA since 2016. She is responsible for advanced packaging technology development (2.5D/3D, FOCoS, SIP), technology promotion, new product introduction, strategic planning, and business engagement. She had led the engineering operation on the advanced SIP and SIM products qualification and production.

Her expertise and experience span from design, process development, qualification, and production enablement especially in HPC and AI/ML (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning).

Prior to joining ASE, as a Sr. Manager in AMD, she led advanced packaging technology qualification and global failure analysis teams to support product development, production and customer services for AMD several generation products since 2000.

Lihong received her Doctoral degree in Material Science & Engineering in Wuhan University of Technology and Research Associate Professor in Nanyang Technology University in Singapore.


Shari Liss

Shari Liss has more than 25 years of experience supporting education, career awareness and workforce development throughout the technology industry. She is currently the Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation. The foundation focuses on Workforce Development programs and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives supporting more than 2200 companies within the microelectronics industry. She was formerly the CEO of Ignited, one of the nation’s most successful STEM teacher professional development organizations. Their work connected companies to classrooms throughout Silicon Valley and gave over 4,000 teachers and 3.2 million students more insights into the skills and experiences needed to succeed in STEM-oriented professions and companies.

Prior to Ignited, Shari was a teacher and curriculum developer, serving in a variety of positions with a focus on mathematics and at-risk students. She has developed an alternative school on the East Coast serving at-risk high school students, created curriculum for NASA and established a mathematics program for both gifted and challenged students in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Subhadeep Kal

Subhadeep Kal is a principal process engineer in Tokyo Electron America. Subhadeep works on etch and integration process optimization for logic and memory applications. He is especially focused on etch challenges and device optimization for nanosheet based GAA device architectures. He graduated with a BS-MS from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur, India) and completed his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA). He has 20+ patents from his time in TEL, and has published several peer reviewed papers during his career. He also received 2020 TEL CEO award for his work on Nanosheet devices.

Tim Dyer

Timothy is the President of Elcon Precision in San Jose, CA and has over 25 years’ experience working in technical ceramics and capital equipment. Elcon Precision is a Silicon Valley materials science-based precision component fabrication company serving the medical, defense, and energy markets. Elcon precision specializes in ceramic to metal assemblies and photochemical machining of refractory metals. Prior to Elcon, Timothy worked at Enovix Inc, making compact 3D silicon MEMS-based lithium-ion batteries for wearable electronic devices. He was also Chief Technology Officer for Energy Recovery Inc, Director of Technology at Morgan Technical Ceramics, Ltd and Manager of Laser Chamber Technology Development at Cymer Inc in San Diego, Timothy has also held management and engineering positions with Speedfam-IPEC and Applied Materials Inc. At Applied Materials, Timothy was part of the team that developed the Ultima HDP-CVD reactor and corresponding high-power ESC. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Timothy currently holds 34 US patents and has published numerous technical papers that have helped shape best practices within the technical ceramics and material science fields.