Celebrating 50 Years of Materials Science: Professional Paths of CEMS Alumni - October 7, MSE Alumni in the Semiconductor Industry

Oct. 7, 2020 - To celebrate the 50 year jubilee of materials science in 2020 and offer networking and career advice to CEMS students, alumni, and friends, the Department will host four virtual webinars featuring MSE alumni on a variety of topics on October 7, October 21, November 4, and November 11 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CST. The panels will be moderated by a MSE faculty member and offer insights into various materials science career paths. Please register online (via the link below) to indicate the specific lecture you would like to watch live, as a virtual event, and a Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the event date. Additional panelists may be added to some events.

The topic for this October 7 session is MSE Alumni in the Semiconductor Industry. The session will include these panelists:

Shameek Bose (Ph.D. ’14) of Intel
Shameek Bose is an alumnus of the Leighton Lab. He graduated with a PhD in Materials Science in 2014, with a thesis focused on the growth and characterization of complex oxide thin films and heterostructures. Coming into CEMS, he had a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from the University of Mumbai, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Shameek started at Intel as a PTD Yield Engineer, where his first project was the development of a platform to analyze statistical variations in Intel’s 10nm lithography process, and feed it back to the mask and process toolsets. He then moved onto several platform development projects, centered around 10nm yield improvement through large scale in-situ detection of film thicknesses and electrical faults. More recently, Shameek moved into a product engineering technical lead role, where he currently leads a team of 7-8 engineers working on the test content development and post-Si failure analysis of Intel’s 10nm FPGA product line.

Rachel (Frakie) Eichen (MSE ’10) of Vixar Inc.
Rachel Eichen is Master Scheduler at Vixar Inc. She has 10 years of experience in the semiconductor and computer hardware industries. With a dual background in materials engineering and business, her specialties include process development and system control, planning, risk management, and taking new products from proof of concept into production. She spent the first eight years of her career focused on R&D and manufacturing for hard drive recording head wafer processing at Seagate Technology. After gaining experience at a large international company she transitioned to a small company atmosphere by joining Vixar Inc. Her current position at Vixar Inc allows her to take a leading role in the day to day operations and supply chain management of a growing VCSEL Laser manufacturer.

Sundar Ramamurthy (Ph.D. ’96) of Applied Materials
Sundar Ramamurthy is Group Vice President, General Manager Epitaxy, Packaging and ICAPS Business Units Semiconductor Products Group, Applied Materials, Inc. He is responsible for Applied Materials’ business in epitaxy, specialty semiconductors and wafer-level packaging markets. In this role, Sundar leads an integrated team across the company to fuel growth in some of the fastest growing markets in the wafer fabrication equipment industry.

Prior to this role, Sundar led the Metal Deposition Products business unit, delivering record growth in physical vapor, atomic layer and chemical vapor deposition segments for thin metal films. Several new products were brought to the market to address critical transistor and interconnect challenges at the nanoscale by modifying surfaces, interfaces and engineering new materials to realize device level performance and manufacturing yield. Sundar also held various leadership roles including general management of the Front-End Products business unit focused on commercializing semiconductor doping and rapid thermal processing technologies.

Sundar holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Technology degree in metallurgical engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. He has authored or co-authored over 30 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and has more than 30 U.S. patents granted or pending.

Jessica Young (MSE ’17) of TDK-HTI
Jessica Young is a Quality Engineer at TDK- HTI. Upon graduating from the department in 2017, Jessica was offered a Chemical Process Engineer position at TDK- HTI and was immediately put in the Manufacturing Plating area with a focus on Thin Film Technology. She recently transitioned to the Quality Engineering department to work directly with customers on new and existing products. This new position has allowed her to travel internationally and gain a greater understanding of the industry.

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