KEYNOTE: Jon Taylor, Corporate VP, Fab Engineering and Public Affairs at Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Jonathan Taylor is the Corporate Vice President of Fab Engineering and Public Affairs for Samsung Austin Semiconductor. In this role, he leads the overall factory operation including equipment management and productivity and yield improvements while guiding the company’s brand and reputation in public affairs and communications. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Production & Systems where he led the manufacturing and production of 14nm and 28/32nm technologies. Jon has been instrumental in creating one of the world’s most advanced fabrication plants. Serving at Samsung Austin Semiconductor for more than 25 years, Jon started with the company as a CVD Senior Engineer.
During his tenure with Samsung Austin Semiconductor, he has safely and efficiently led various engineering and manufacturing projects including equipment removal and re-installation for 300mm Flash and LSI; the system migrations from memory back to LSI backbone and aligning operational methods and indices between the Austin team and our Korean counterparts. Throughout each project, output goals were typically surpassed and completed ahead of schedule.
Recognized for his outstanding commitment to safety and an ability to ramp production with speed and quality, he has received the 1998 Founders Award for Individual Achievement given by Samsung Austin Semiconductor President and the Future Creator Award recognizing production presented by Samsung Vice Chairman. Plus, Jon has a 2002 Patent for Fluorine Doped NH3 Plasma (DRAM). He also represents Samsung by speaking at key events and most recently participated in the Samsung Foundry Forum.
Jon holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire where he received a US Army ROTC Scholarship. In 2021, he was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Energy Reliability Council and chaired the company’s effort for the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk raising $110,000.
Ben Eynon has spent the majority of his 35-year career in the semiconductor industry in executive roles over the areas of R&D engineering, high volume manufacturing, marketing, and new business development. As a SEMATECH assignee from Samsung’s Advanced Lithography Division, he led the EUV Resist Test Center as well as the EUV Mask Blank Development center. Afterward at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in Texas, he led the facility’s Lithography Division and then led the development and process installation of the world’s first and largest 14nm FinFET AP device manufacturing process. He recently joined Lam Research heading up ATD Marketing, bringing new dry resist processing and infrastructure to the EUV lithography ecosystem.
Benjamin Jurcik is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Air Liquide’s Electronics Business Line and International Fellow. Ben has spent his 30+ year industrial career with Air Liquide, joining the R&D center in Chicago upon receiving his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin (UT). He received an MS in Chemical Engineering from UT, and a BS from the University of Massachusetts. As CTO, Ben defines the technology vision for the Electronics Business Line and leads the process to align customer technology needs with operational capabilities and product development plans across all product lines. He establishes and sponsors Air Liquide’s technology roadmap in order to meet the Business Lines strategic objectives. Additionally, Ben leads the Digital Transformation roadmap for the Electronics Business Line and synchronizes the execution priorities of key projects across Air Liquide.
Ben has over 50 published papers, and 40 granted patents on a variety of subjects from critical materials and equipment for electronics, and the design and engineering of energy efficient processes. In 2009, Ben was nominated an Air Liquide International Fellow.
Bryan Hendrix, Ph.D.
Bryan C. Hendrix is a Fellow in R&D in the ADM (Advanced Deposition Materials) business unit of Entegris where he has spent over 25 years developing precursors, processes, and analysis techniques applied to CVD and ALD of materials for microelectronic applications. Prior to joining ATMI, he spent 6 years in academia between the University of Texas at Austin and 3 universities in China with projects ranging from nickel-based superalloys to silicon crystal growth to hard coatings and functional ceramics. He received his Eng.Sc.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Metallurgy from Columbia University. Dr. Hendrix holds over 50 U.S. Patents and has published over 60 papers.
Carolyn Duran, Ph.D.
Carolyn R. Duran is a Vice President and Engineering Manager in Components Research at Intel Corporation. In this role, Carolyn leads advanced process and materials research to invent, develop and demonstrate viable revolutionary technologies necessary for Intel’s continued leadership in the industry.
Over her 25-year career, Duran’s scope has spanned technology development, supply chain, including responsible minerals, and a corporate charter enabling memory and IO technologies in the product groups.
Duran is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the Materials Research Society and is an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. A recognized industry leader, Duran was named on Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” list in 2016 and ranked no. 2 on Business Insider’s “Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World” list in 2014.
Duran received her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and her Ph.D. in the same field from Northwestern University. She holds five patents in the area of semiconductor process engineering.
Chris Han-Adebekun, Ph.D.
Chris serves as VP of Business Development at Athinia. She joined at its inception in 2022, leading the development of a pioneering data collaboration platform for the semiconductor ecosystem. Chris has more than 20 years of experience in R&D, new product commercialization, and P&L management in the advanced electronics space, spanning across a wide range of materials and applications. For the last 15 years, she has dedicated her focus on semiconductor materials with Merck KGaA Darmstadt Germany, Versum Materials and Air Products. Chris consistently delivers new business growth and demonstrates successful use cases for data collaboration among material suppliers and device makers. She is passionate about innovation through digital transformation and strongly believes in lifelong learning as the engine for personal and organizational growth.
Chris holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from DeSales University.
Corinna is the Senior Director of Procurement for Front End process materials and Energy at Infineon Technologies. She is a Procurement expert with over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. At Infineon, her team of Category Managers and Procurement engineers is responsible for managing and mitigating challenges in the supply chains for process materials. Corinna joined Infineon Technologies in 2016, heading the Category management of Indirect Materials comprising all procurement topics for IT, R&D, and Logistics for several years before moving into the process materials area.
Her journey in Procurement roles started at Siemens, where she held various positions responsible for a great variety of materials in the electronics industry, including outsourcing of production, logistics, and development services.
Corinna has a degree in Procurement from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany.
Dan Tracy, Ph.D.
Dilan Seneviratne, Ph.D.
Jaim Nulman, Ph.D.
Jeff Perkins rejoined Yole Group as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Yole North America. Jeff was instrumental in establishing Yole’s business in North America from 2007 to 2012.
Jeff is an entrepreneurial minded executive with extensive international experience. He has managed divisions, led business development, mentored sales teams, and overseen launches of products and services on 4 continents. He has a highly diverse background across a range of industries including energy and electrification, semiconductor, aerospace, medical devices, automotive, and heavy truck. Jeff holds an MBA from INSEAD at Fontainebleau, France, and a BSc in Architectural Engineering / Building Energy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jeffrey Yoder, Ph.D.
Jeff Yoder is the Senior Director of HVM Product Management at Air Liquide Advanced Materials and has worked at Air Liquide since 2017. He has over 15 years of experience in customer facing roles within the chemical and electronics industries including in Technical and Product Marketing at Symyx Technologies and as Strategic Partnership Manager at Kinestral (now called Halo). Jeff holds a Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology.
Jim Reed has over 30 years’ experience in the Semiconductor and the Silicon Industry. Currently, Mr. Reed is working in a new global role as Vice President of Okmetic Key Account Development in addition to his role as President of Okmetic Inc. since 2010. Prior his new role, he was the VP of Okmetic North America sales. Mr. Reed also holds extensive experience from several management positions at Texas Instruments and MEMC related to Quality Assurance, Product, Process and Equipment Engineering, Quality Assurance Management, Operations, and Sales and Marketing. Mr. Reed has a M.Sc. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State. He also holds a patent for a semiconductor barcode reader system.
Joyce Lowes currently serves as Director of Emerging Materials in Brewer Science’s Corporate R&D organization. She leads several programs that primarily explore new ideas and early platform development, focusing on various carbon film development, advanced EUV underlayers, optical films, and other ancillary films for use as various solutions in semiconductor patterning processes.
Joyce Lowes has been with Brewer Science since 2002, serving as a Director of Emerging Materials since 2018. Throughout her career at Brewer Science, Lowes has worked as a Senior Program Manager, Program Manager, and researcher and was responsible for high temperature carbon films, Directed Self Assembly, selective surface modification, and developer soluble BARCs. With a passion for research, Lowes appreciates collaboration and enjoys working with partner companies and research institutions across the globe.
Joyce Witowski is a Sr. Director of Sustainable Manufacturing at NXP Semiconductors. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing the corporate roadmap to achieve NXP’s Carbon Neutral and Water Recycling goals. Joyce has a diverse background in the semiconductor industry, with previous roles including process engineer/director, OEM Equipment sales and applications, Equipment and Materials procurement for Fab and Assembly/Test organizations and, most recently, serving for 6 years as Sr. Director of Manufacturing and Supplier Quality for NXP internal Front End fabs. Joyce holds a PMP certification, serves as co-chair for the Women In NXP (WIN) Americas Employee Resource group and is active as a non-profit board member, volunteer, and mentor for FIRST robotics.
Julie started her career in the semiconductor industry at Sematech before moving to Tokyo Electron America where she has worked for over 20 years. Her roles at TEL have included plasma etch process engineering and management for memory and logic customer development support before transitioning to marketing. In her current position she drives strategic marketing for emerging semiconductor markets. Julie has been an active member of the semiconductor community through her committee leadership of the Advanced Etch and Integration Conference at SPIE Advanced Patterning and more recently joining SEMI’s GAAC Americas. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Karey Holland, Ph.D.
Karey Holland, Ph.D. is Chief Strategist and Co-Founder of TECHCET. Dr Holland has specialized in advanced semiconductor transistor fabrication, including photolithography, CMP, ALD & CVD, metrology, and interconnect technologies for over 30 years. She was CTO of Revasum, Strategic Technical Marketing Manager at Edwards Vacuum, VP Process Technology at MegaFluid Systems, CTO of start-up NexPlanar, strategic marketing senior manager at FEI, on the Board of Directors at Nova Measuring Instruments, VP of technology at CMP pad supplier Thomas West, and CTO and VP of process technology at CMP OEM IPEC/SpeedFam-IPEC. Prior to IPEC, Dr. Holland was manager of manufacturing planning for Motorola’s Microprocessor and Memory Technology Group. Her career began in process engineering at IBM. There, she was the manager of the first DUV-248nm lithography technology development team. Dr. Holland also worked on interconnect integration for 4 and 16 Mb DRAMs, which were the first chips in the world to use tungsten plugs and CMP for interconnect dielectrics. She holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University, and a B.A. in chemistry from Albion College.
Lassi Leppilahti is the application manager for protective coatings at Beneq, where he leads the development of atomic layer deposition solutions for corrosion and erosion protection. A fast-growing topic in Lassi’s application area is ALD coating of semiconductor process equipment parts for enabling stable processing in manufacturing of the next generation of semiconductor devices. Lassi has worked at Beneq since 2018, after graduating with a master’s degree from Imperial College London the same year.
Laurie Beu is a consultant in the area of environmental policy, strategy and management. She has led semiconductor industry technical programs to address process greenhouse gas emissions and chemical regulations. She currently leads the Semiconductor PFAS Consortium, the Semiconductor Photoacid Generator (PAG) Consortium, and the SIA greenhouse gas (GHG) and chemicals technical teams.
Ms. Beu has worked to address semiconductor process GHG emissions for the past 30 years and successfully led efforts and drove consensus within the U.S. semiconductor industry on process GHG reporting requirements. The teams she led developed technical solutions to support goals of both the industry and the U.S. EPA to ensure improved GHG emissions estimate accuracy while protecting confidential business information. She also led efforts to evaluate the technical feasibility and cost effectiveness of various GHG emissions reduction technologies.
Ms. Beu is a Lead Author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2019 Refinement to the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, electronics chapter.
She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, a SESHA Fellow, and has worked in the semiconductor industry for 42 years.
Laurie lives in Austin, TX with her husband Steve and is the mother of two sons – Jared and Isaac, who looked at their parents’ careers in STEM and chose to pursue music.
Lita Shon-Roy – President/CEO and Founder of TECHCET—has worked throughout the semiconductor supply chain, leading strategy, business development, marketing and sales for chip designers, equipment OEMs, and material suppliers for over 30 years.
Her experience spans from process development of memory chips to business development of gases & precursors. She developed new business opportunities for companies such as RASIRC/Matheson Gases, Air Products & Chemicals, and IPEC/Speedfam, and managed marketing and sales in companies such as Air Products/Schumacher, Brooktree/Rockwell, and Hughes Aircraft.
Ms. Shon-Roy is considered one of the leading experts in electronic materials market analysis and business development. She has authored and co-authored 100’s of articles, reports and texts on semiconductor process materials markets, trends, and worldwide supply chain issues, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured on BBC News. She holds an M.B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a M.S.E.E. focused on Solid State Physics from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego.
Madison’s advisory and consulting practice focuses on a wide-range of issues, including emerging technology, international trade, cybersecurity, tax, appropriations, foreign affairs, and financial services. Prior to joining CPS, Madison spent three years as an in-house lobbyist and senior political adviser to one of the world’s largest technology companies, where he was solely responsible for managing the company’s relationships with Senate Republicans.
Before jumping to private practice, Madison spent nearly eight years advising three different members of Congress in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. His service on behalf of three Texas lawmakers has made him a trusted adviser in the powerful Texas delegation.
In the U.S. Senate, Madison served as an adviser to then-Majority Whip John Cornyn (TX), the second highest ranking lawmaker in GOP leadership. His day-to-day responsibilities included serving as the Staff Director of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, where he was responsible for planning, managing and executing a robust oversight agenda of the Executive Branch’s international trade policies and priorities, including the U.S.-China trade deal, the USMCA, the Sec. 232 and 301 trade investigations. Madison also advised Senator Cornyn in other key critical policy areas, including transportation, homeland security, and emerging technology. He played a lead role in crafting more than six major pieces of legislation now signed into law, including a crucial emergency appropriations package for Texans totaling more than $50 billion in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a landmark bill (FIRRMA) to modernize the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and a bill to enhance public-private partnerships at U.S. ports of entry.
Madison also spent nearly four years in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to serving in the Senate. As a policy advisor to Congressman Will Hurd (TX), Madison was responsible for directing and overseeing the congressman’s role as Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology. Madison’s work helped to position Rep. Hurd as a national thought leader on cybersecurity and emerging technology issues. Madison was the primary staff architect in 2015 behind the MOVE IT Act, which later was enacted as the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act. Since MGT’s enactment, the TMF has been the principal method for addressing the U.S. government’s outdated IT posture and received a $1 billion appropriation in 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Madison’s work on MGT led him to be selected by his peers as one of Federal Computer Weekly’s “Federal 100” in 2017.
He began his career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Congressman Roger Williams (TX).
Madison is a native of Austin, Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife Ryann.
Mousumi Bhat, Ph.D.
Bhat is a semiconductor industry veteran who has held senior positions in semiconductor fabs, assembly and test operations, quality, and customer and supplier management at companies including Micron, GlobalFoundries, Motorola and Texas Instruments.
Bhat is passionate about creating sustainable business practices and thereby creating an ecosystem of changemakers such as corporates, government, academia, and society to accelerate social and economic parity through technological innovations. Dr. Bhat received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mousumi is currently heading up heading up SEMI’s Global Industry Sustainability Programs responsible for leading teams, devising, and directing client engagements and overseeing processes and deliverables in ESG and EHS Stewardship. Under her leadership, SEMI has recently launched the Semiconductor Climate Consortium together with member companies at COP27 in Egypt
Regina Freed is VP of AIx Solutions, Applied Materials. She has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, managing semiconductor process and equipment development teams for both logic and memory processes, including co-optimization between deposition and etch, lithography, metrology, and defect inspection. At Applied Materials, Regina leads the AIx program that enables Applied Materials and our customers to accelerate development and ramp through Actionable Insights as well as control our processes to deliver improved process windows, enabling customers to scale faster and at lower cost, while optimizing device performance.
Robert W. Ivester, PhD, currently serves as the senior advisor for semiconductor engagement at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Previously, Ivester served as the deputy director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program. The MEP National Network focuses its expertise and knowledge as well as that of its partners — industry, educational institutions, state governments, NIST and other federal research laboratories and agencies — on providing U.S. manufacturers with information and tools they need to improve productivity, assure consistent quality, accelerate the transfer of manufacturing technology and infuse innovation into production processes and new products. Ivester served at the Department of Energy for seven years, most recently as director of the Federal Energy Management Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. FEMP oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reduction in energy and water use in federal government operations. He also served in the Advanced Manufacturing Office for six years. During that time, AMO launched five Manufacturing USA Institutes, the Critical Materials Hub, and hundreds of small R&D and technical assistance projects across the nation. Ivester also worked at NIST for over 16 years, leading and performing research in advanced manufacturing. He has been an instructor for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals program for graduate-level studies in manufacturing engineering since 2001. Ivester is a fellow of SME and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received his doctorate in engineering, master’s degree in manufacturing engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Rose Guino, Ph.D.
Rose Guino joined Ablestik/Henkel in 2007 as Applications Engineer. She was a pioneer for the industry’s first Thermalcompression Non-Conductive Paste (TC-NCP) that enabled fine pitch Cu pillar flip chip, as well as the Non-coductive Film (NCF) that enabled the 3D TSV stack for high bandwidth memory. She has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, and was a post-doctoral Fellow in the Materials Research Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has >15 years of experience in Advanced Packaging & Semiconductor Materials.
Satyavolu S. Papa Rao, Ph.D.
‘Pops’ Papa Rao is the VP for Research at NY CREATES, based in Albany, NY. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, he joined Texas Instruments in 1996. After a decade of exciting work in technology development at TI (starting at yield enhancement of 64 MB DRAM to preparing for 32 node interconnects), he joined IBM Research in 2007. At IBM, he was involved in research on 22 nm node CMP processes, crystalline Si solar cells, and devices for DNA nucleotide recognition. Since 2014, he has been at Albany – first with SEMATECH, and with NY CREATES when it was launched in 2018. He is also an adjunct faculty member at CNSE/SUNY Poly.
Dr. Shelby Nelson is Chief Technology Officer and co-Founder of Mosaic Microsystems. A semiconductor device physicist with broad industrial and academic research experience, she has worked at AT&T Bell Labs, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Xerox Corporation, and the Kodak Research Labs prior to Mosaic. She has authored over 40 refereed journal articles and holds over 65 patents.
Steven Eulig is the Head of Business Development of Digital Solutions Operations at EMD Electronics.
Digital Solutions drives data-based and digital activities with the customers and suppliers of EMD Electronics’ Semiconductor Solutions business while playing a key role in the internal digitization and digitalization journey of EMD’s plants.
The Business Development team manages partnerships and develops & deploys solutions using cutting-edge data analytics and simulations including Digital Twins.
Steven holds an MSc in Physics and has in-depth experience in Data Science and strategy development focusing on Data and Digital.
Taylor St. Germain
Taylor St. Germain is a Microelectronics Forecasting Analyst at TechInsights and is a member of the TechInsights Market Analysis Leadership Team. He received his undergraduate degree in Statistics and Mathematics from the University of Vermont. Prior to TechInsights, Taylor was an economic analyst and business consultant. Taylor worked with Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and small business to provide economic intelligence to drive strategic and profitable business decisions. Throughout this time, Taylor was also a keynote speaker that traveled the US delivering custom presentations to organizations to help them better navigate the economic cycle now and in the future.
Tim Yeakley is the global environmental, safety and health public Policy Manager for Texas Instruments Incorporated. For more than 15 years, Tim has lead effort to collect information, coordinate industry positions and communicate fact-based guidance to regulatory policy makers in regions of the world in which TI operates and represented the industry and TI in negotiations on policy changes. The negotiations have included regulations that affect the chemicals and materials used in semiconductor products and manufacturing processes. Tim is a Senior Member of TI’s Technical Staff and is recognized among peers in the industry as an expert on process and manufacturing use of critical chemicals and gases.
Zachary Dunbar, Ph.D.
Zachary Dunbar earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign in 2009. Initially joining the US Army Research Laboratory, he developed novel hydrogen purification technologies to support mobile power production typically via electrochemical and thermoelectric systems. Zach joined Edwards Vacuum in 2018 and leads the technical effort developing hydrogen recovery and recycling tools. A particular focus is the growing extreme ultra-violet lithography (EUV) market.