Microelectronics and Advanced Packaging Workforce Development Workshop Panelists and Moderators

Peter Bermel

Dr. Peter Bermel

Purdue University

Dr Peter Bermel is the Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research focuses on improving the performance of photovoltaic, thermophotovoltaic, and microelectronic systems using the principles of nanophotonics. Key enabling techniques for his work include electromagnetic and electronic theory, modeling, simulation, fabrication, and characterization.
Dr. Bermel is widely published in scientific peer-reviewed journals, and his work has been a recurring topic in international educational activities as well as publications geared towards the general public. His work, which has been cited over 8000 times, for an h-index value of 35, includes the following topics:

  • Understanding and optimizing the detailed mechanisms of light trapping in thin-film photovoltaics
  • Fabricating and characterizing 3D inverse opal photonic crystals made from silicon for photovoltaics, and comparing to theoretical predictions
  • Explaining key physical effects influencing selective thermal emitters in order to achieve high performance thermophotovoltaic systems
  • Designing photon recycling for high-efficiency incandescent lighting
  • Characterizing behavior and outcomes for learners in online nanophotonic courses using big data analytics


Shekhar Bhansali

Dr. Shekhar Bhansali

National Science Foundation

Dr. Bhansali is currently the NSF Division Director for Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS). He is also the Alcatel-Lucent Professor and Distinguished University Professor in the Florida International University (FIU) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At FIU, which he joined in 2011, Dr. Bhansali served nine years as department chair and two years as the interim director of the school of electrical, computer and enterprise engineering. Previously, he spent 11 years as a professor at the University of South Florida, and he was a researcher at the University of Cincinnati and the National Research Laboratory of Metrology in Japan.

Dr. Bhansali’s main research interests are in nanotechnology, biosensors, and microfluidics. He holds 40 patents, has published over 300 publications, and has advised more than 40 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in research.

Dr. Bhansali earned his B.E. in metallurgical engineering at Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, his M.Tech. in aircraft production engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at RMIT University in Australia.

Dr. Bhansali is an active member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other professional societies. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors. His dedication to mentorship has been recognized with several awards.

William Chappell

Dr. William Chappell

Azure Global – Microsoft

Dr. William Chappell is the CTO of Azure Global. He is currently bootstrapping efforts for Microsoft in Space, Critical Infrastructure, and Secure Hardware Design.
He was formerly the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). Serving in this position, he focused the office on three key thrusts important to National Security. These thrusts included ensuring unfettered use of the electromagnetic spectrum, building an alternative business model for acquiring advanced DoD electronics that feature built-in trust, and developing circuit architectures for next-generation machine learning. He created and kicked off the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI), the nation’s largest investment in the foundation of electronics. Also, as office director, he helped structure and authorize the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), the first DARPA RF grand challenge, continuing his focus on adaptive and collaborative RF systems.

As a program manager at DARPA, he led efforts on adaptive and high-performance RF systems. He developed the arrays at commercial timescales (ACT) and managed the Adaptive RF Technologies (ART) portfolio. These activities led to next generation RF components and systems, such as the RF FPGA, and ultra-high-speed digitizers for direct RF sampling.

Prior to his DARPA appointment, Dr. Chappell served as a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Purdue University, where he led the Integrated Design of Electromagnetically Applied Systems (IDEAS) Laboratory. Dr. Chappell’s research focused on high-frequency components, specifically the unique integration of RF and microwave components based on electromagnetic analysis.

Dr. Chappell is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards. He received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

Mung Chiang

Dr. Mung Chiang

Purdue University

Mung Chiang is the Executive Vice President of Purdue University for strategic initiatives, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering, and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Purdue Engineering in 2021 became the largest engineering school to ever ranked among top five in the U.S. During 2019-20, he served as the Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State and the chief global technology office in the Department of State to launch Technology Diplomacy. Prior to 2017, he was the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering, the inaugural Chair of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council and Director of Keller Center for Engineering Education at Princeton University.

Charles Clancy

Dr. Charles Clancy


Dr. Charles Clancy is a successful research innovator, executive, and entrepreneur. He joined MITRE in 2019 and currently serves as the Senior VP and General Manager for MITRE Labs. He previously founded and directed the Hume Center at Virginia Tech where he served as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. He started his career leading R&D programs at NSA.

Clancy is an internationally-recognized expert in wireless, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. He has served in leadership roles within the IEEE Communication Society (COMSOC) and Signal Processing Society (SPS). He is co-author to six books, over 20 patents, and over 230 academic publications. Additionally, he has co-founded several venture-backed startups focused on areas related to RF and mobile technologies.

Dr. Clancy holds a PhD in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park, an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Cristina Farmus

Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Purdue University

Scott Frost

Scott Frost

Analytic Services, Inc.

Scott Frost is the ANSER, Industrial Base Systems Engineer. He provides full-time support to the Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program office and has lead responsibilities for the IBAS program’s National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative, or “Skills Imperative.” Against the backdrop of a multi-decade decline in the U.S.’s world standing in manufacturing, he has provided lead staff support to develop the Skill’s Imperative’s objectives, acquisition strategy and execution plan. In the last two years, the IBAS program has invested over $80 million in 12 pilot projects to help address critical shortfalls of workers with defense-essential career and technical education (CTE) skills. These industrial skills underpin Department of Defense weapon systems development, production and sustainment capabilities supporting its programs of record.

Stephen M. Goodnick

Dr. Stephen M. Goodnick

Arizona State University

Stephen M. Goodnick is currently the David and Darleen Ferry Professor of Electrical Engineering and Deputy Director of ASU Lightworks and the ULTRA Energy Frontier Research Center at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University in 1983. He served as Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University from 1996 to 2005, and served as Associate Vice President for Research for ASU from 2006-2008. He is also a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Technical University of Munich. Professionally, he served as President of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and served as President of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) and the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC), a consortium of Minority Serving Institutes bringing together academia, industry, and government to advance education, research, and careers in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has published over 450 publications, books, and book chapters, and is a Fellow of IEEE for contributions to carrier transport fundamentals and semiconductor devices.

Carol A. Handwerker

Dr. Carol A. Handwerker

Purdue University

Carol Handwerker is the Reinhardt Schuhmann, Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette. Before joining Purdue in 2005, she served as the Chief of the NIST Metallurgy Division for nine years, having started her career at NIST as an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research areas include:

  • developing innovative interconnect technologies for next-generation microelectronics
  • improving the reliability of Pb-free solder interconnects, particularly for high performance, military, and aerospace electronic systems
  • integrating sustainability in the design of new electronic materials, processes, and products
  • identifying and implementing strategies to move R&D into manufacturing and commercialization, using roadmapping, techno-economic analysis, and formation of self-assembling socio-ecological systems

Handwerker is leading a recently announced $40M, 5-year DoD program in facilitating the transition to Pb-free electronics in defense systems and is co-PI of a major DOD program on workforce development for advanced microelectronics. She was the Director of the Purdue-Tuskegee NSF Integrative Education and Research Traineeship program (IGERT) on Globally Sustainable Electronics (supporting 28 two-year fellowships from 2012-2019), served as a member of the iNEMI Environmental Leadership Steering Committee, along with Intel, Dell, and Lenovo and co-led the iNEMI project on Value Recovery for End-of Life Electronics, with Seagate, Google, Microsoft, Cisco as team members. From 2015-June 2021, Prof. Handwerker served as the Focus Area Lead in recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing in the DoE Critical Materials Institute, accelerating technology transition of CMI R&D.

She is a Fellow of TMS, ASM, MRS, and the American Ceramic Society, and received the TMS Leadership Award, the TMS Applications to Practice Award, the TMS/FMD John Bardeen Award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, and the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for her leadership in Pb-free electronics.


Deirdre Hanford

Deirdre Hanford


Deirdre Hanford serves as the Chief Security Officer for Synopsys. In this role, she works collaboratively to safeguard Synopsys. In addition, she leads efforts to drive industry awareness and enablement for secure design from software to silicon to support our business in EDA, IP and Software Integrity. She previously served as co-general manager of Synopsys’ Design Group, responsible for leading the development and deployment of our physical design, implementation, and analog/mixedsignal product lines. Deirdre has held a number of positions at Synopsys since joining the company in 1987, including leadership roles in customer engagement, applications engineering, sales, and marketing. She earned a B.S.E.E. from Brown University and an M.S.E.E. from UC Berkeley. In 2001, Deirdre was a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award and the Marie R. Pistilli Women in EDA Achievement Award. Ms. Hanford served as the Chairman of American Electronics Association in 2008. She currently chairs Brown University's Engineering Advisory Committee and serves on the Engineering Advisory Board for UC Berkeley's College of Engineering. Deirdre also serves on the Board of Directors of Cirrus Logic, Inc.

Rahni Kellum

Rahni Kellum

Sandia National Laboratories

Rahni Kellum is the Program Lead for the Securing Top Academic Research & Talent at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (START-HBCU) Program at Sandia National Laboratories, located in Albuquerque, NM. Housed within the Chief Research Office, the STARTHBCU Program is designed to increase Sandia’s diversity pipeline by creating specific partnerships to increase research collaborations, expose students to the mission of Sandia, and increase Sandia’s awareness of each HBCU’s capabilities and area of expertise. Rahni works closely with Alabama A&M University, Florida A&M University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University and Prairie View A&M University to identify strategic areas of collaboration and partnership within the institutions brought together by the START-HBCU program. Rahni joined Sandia in 2015 upon completion of a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Prairie View A&M University and began her career at Sandia National Laboratories shortly after graduation. Prior to joining the Chief Research Office, she worked in the Weapons Design & Assurance Business Operations Team department as a business management professional supporting the nuclear deterrence mission. Rahni is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and serves on the governing council for Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School.

Mark Lundstrom

Dr. Mark Lundstrom

Purdue University

Mark Lundstrom is the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Senior Advisor on Microelectronics to Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. Before joining Purdue University in 1980, he worked on integrated circuit process development and manufacturing for Hewlett Packard. In 2020, he served as acting dean of Purdue’s College of Engineering. Lundstrom’s research on semiconductor devices, the physics of electronic, thermal, and electro-thermal carrier transport, and modeling and numerical simulation has been recognized by several awards as have his contributions to education. He is the author of four textbooks and was the founding director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology, which created the nanoHUB.org science gateway – a major online resource for nanoelectronics. Dr. Lundstrom is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a fellow of the APS and AAAS, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Willie May

Dr. Willie May

Morgan State University

Dr. Willie E. May currently serves as Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University where he will be working to aggressively increase the quality and quantity research outputs, facilitate increased tech transfer, and better connect research across Maryland’s preeminent urban research university to community needs.

Immediately prior to Morgan, Dr. May served as Director of Major Research and Training Initiatives for the College of Computer, Mathematical and the Natural Sciences, University of Maryland College Park where he developed new relationships and expanded existing partnerships with corporations, foundations and government agencies and assisted the college in obtaining additional support for graduate student education, training and mentoring.

Dr. May previously served as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. As the U/S Dr. May provided high-level oversight and day-to-day leadership for NIST, the agency that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Dr. May began as a bench Chemist and went on to work at every management level within the organization. His personal research activities were focused in the areas of trace organic analytical chemistry and physico-chemical properties of organic compounds, where his work is described in more than 90 peer-reviewed technical publications. He has given more than 250 invited lectures at Conferences and Symposia around the world.

Dr. May currently serves on the Board of Directors for Consumer Reports and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation’s Innovation Initiative. He also serves on the NASA Advisory Council’s Science Committee.

Until recently Dr. May maintained several International leadership responsibilities as well. In March 2019, he stepped down as Vice President of the International Committee on Weights and Measures (CIPM); President of the CIPM’s Consultative Committee on Metrology in Chemistry and Biology. He also was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board’s for the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and China’s National Institute of Metrology (NIM).

Dr. May earned his B.S in Chemistry from Knoxville College and his Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. His numerous honors and awards include: Honorary Doctorate’s from Wake Forrest University and the University of Alabama Huntsville; the American Chemical Society’s Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry Award; the American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award; the Department of Commerce’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Awards; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award; and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers’ Percy Julian Award; in 2015, recognized as the Federal Government’s “Top Chemist” by Chemical and Engineering News Magazine and in 2016 recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium as “Laboratory Director of the Year”.

Theresa S. Mayer

Dr. Theresa S. Mayer

Purdue University

Dr. Theresa S. Mayer is the executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University, where she oversees the $670 million research enterprise of the university and supports holistic engagements with federal, industry, and global strategic partners. Prior to this role, she was the vice president for research and innovation at Virginia Tech. During her 22-years at Penn State University, she served as the associate dean for research and innovation in engineering, the site director of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and director of the Materials Research Institute Nanofabrication Laboratory, which enabled cutting-edge materials and techniques to be shared among researchers in academia and industry.

She is widely recognized for her work in advanced manufacturing of nanoscale electronic, optical, and biomedical devices, which has been supported by the NSF, DOD, DOE, NIH, and industry. Mayer has over 350 technical publications, invited presentations and tutorials, and holds ten patents in these areas. Several of her inventions have been transitioned into commercial and military systems.

She is actively engaged in service to her profession and the nation, including the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, PCAST. She is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has received numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the NSF CAREER award.

Mayer received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Throughout her career, she has supported the advancement of women in science and engineering.

Chandra Mouli

Chandra Mouli

Senior Technology Director of Device Technology in R&D, Micron Technology

Chandra Mouli is with Micron Technology Inc., Boise, ID, USA. He is currently Senior Technology Director of Device Technology in R&D with responsibilities in the areas of device characterization, reliability analysis, compact models, test structure design, process & device modeling for all technologies under development in R&D. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics and MSEE from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India and Ph.D (EE) from the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously worked in Texas Instruments Inc. His interests include semiconductor devices and process technology for advanced memory, opto-electronic devices, exploratory research in the area of new materials and device structures. He has >250 issued patents and several pending in various areas of semiconductor devices and process – in advanced memory, novel devices and image sensor technology. He has served in the technical committees for various conferences, including IEDM, IRPS and SISPAD. He has also served in the review committees for NSF, SRC and editor for IEEE Electron Device Letters (EDL).

Nathan Nowlin

Dr. Nathan Nowlin

Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Nowlin has 25 years of experience in advanced microelectronics and radiation effects research. In his early career, he co-discovered the Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) effect in bipolar transistors. He then spent several years in the semiconductor industry developing high voltage Lateral Drain MOS (LDMOS) process technology and leading yield engineering for a high-speed BiCMOS technology. In the early 2000’s, he went to work for Mission Research Corporation, where he led the development of a 90ntim Radiation Hardened By Design (RBD) library and SRAM compiler for spacecraft Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) designs. In his 10 years at Sandia, Dr. Nowlin has led research and development efforts for radiation hardening by design, advanced circuit modeling of radiation effects, and product engineering for high reliability, high consequence systems. Dr. Nowlin was a product realization team lead for 10 ASIC products, developing requirements, demonstrating prototypes, and initiating production for all aspects from wafer manufacturing, packaging, test, reliability, and radiation performance. His efforts enabled Sandia to successfully begin its largest ASIC production mission in its history. Dr. Nowlin now leads the Advanced Microsystems Radiation Effects department where he is responsible for trust and radiation hardness assurance of microsystems for national security applications. Dr. Nowlin is a Senior Member of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS), has authored or co-authored 21 papers, and serves on the organizing committees for the Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) and the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technologies (HEART) technical interchange meeting.

Catherine J. Ortiz

Catherine J. Ortiz

Analytic Services, Inc.

Catherine Ortiz serves as a principal analyst at Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), supporting the Department of Defense Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) program within the Office of Industrial Policy and serves as the outreach lead for the National Imperative for Industrial Skills initiative. Ms. Ortiz is the founder of Defined Business Solutions, LLC (DBS) a small consulting company working with government programs and industry to ensure the integrity of the microelectronics components used in weapons and national security systems. Over the past five years, Ms. Ortiz has led government-industry working groups to develop solutions for critical challenges with supply chain security, trusted and assured microelectronics supply, and cybersecurity for manufacturing networks.

Mark Papermaster

Mark Papermaster

Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Technology and Engineering, AMD

Mark Papermaster is chief technology officer and executive vice president of Technology and Engineering at AMD and is responsible for corporate technical direction, product development including system-on-chip (SOC) methodology, microprocessor design, I/O and memory and advanced research. He led the re-design of engineering processes at AMD and the development of the award-winning “Zen” high-performance x86 CPU family, high-performance GPUs and the company’s modular design approach, Infinity Fabric. He also oversees Information Technology that delivers AMD’s compute infrastructure and services.

His more than 35 years of engineering experience includes significant leadership roles managing the development of a wide range of products, from microprocessors to mobile devices and high-performance servers. Before joining AMD in October 2011 as chief technology officer and senior vice president, Papermaster was the leader of Cisco’s Silicon Engineering Group, the organization responsible for silicon strategy, architecture, and development for the company’s switching and routing businesses. He served as Apple senior vice president of Devices Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for iPod and iPhone hardware development. He also held a number of senior leadership positions at IBM overseeing development of the company’s key microprocessor and server technologies.

Papermaster received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master’s degree from the University of Vermont, both in Electrical Engineering. He is a long-term member of the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, Olin College Presidents Council and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Most recently, he was appointed to the CTO Forum Advisory Board and IEEE Industry Advisory Board.

Dr. Kara Perry

Co-Lead of the T&AM Education and Workforce Development Technical Execution Area

Dr. Kara Perry is the Education & Workforce Development Co-Lead for OUSD(R&E) Trusted & Assured Microelectronics (T&AM) Program. She also serves as the Strategic Radiation-Hardened Electronics Council (SRHEC) WFD co-lead. Kara started her career as an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School teaching reactor principles after receiving her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan Technological University. After leaving the Navy, she received a Ph.D. in Space Plasma Physics from Dartmouth College. Since then, she has worked for AFRL, NSWC Dahlgren, and NSWC Crane in various roles ranging from numerical modeling, data analysis, and model validation in the areas of radiation environment, space weather, and Earth environments.

Sreenivas Ramaswamy

Sreenivas Ramaswamy

Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, US Department of Commerce

Mr. Ramaswamy is a senior policy advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce. His expertise is in the areas of technology and industrial competitiveness, supply chain resiliency, and the impact of business activity on the economy and society. He was formerly a Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. In this role he was responsible for shaping MGI’s initiatives, leading research on trends in competition, technology, and global forces influencing multinational companies. He often speaks and writes about these issues, and also about trends in the US economy. His recent work focuses on the opportunities and barriers to revitalize American manufacturing and supply chains; the evolution of global corporate profits and competition; the emergence of a “superstar” economy among firms and cities and implications for inclusive growth; and the changing role of companies in the economy and implications for stakeholders and society.

Mr. Ramaswamy holds an MBA from Columbia University, Columbia Business School, an MS in Telecommunications from University of Pittsburgh, and a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Pune.

David Roberts

David Roberts

Indiana Economic Development Corporation

David Roberts serves as executive vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Roberts has served the IEDC since 2016, most recently as chief innovation officer. He was previously the President of the Battery Innovation Center, a public-private partnership focused on next generation energy storage technologies. He was also the CEO of a battery manufacturer, legal counsel for a Fortune 100 company, engineer in the defense sector, corporate board member of domestic and international organizations, and a patent and business attorney. He represents the state of Indiana for various initiatives, including the AgriNovus Indiana and 16Tech boards, the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Committee, and the Governor’s Workforce Council.

Thomas Sonderman

Thomas Sonderman

SkyWater Technology

Thomas Sonderman is the president and CEO of SkyWater Technology, a U.S.-owned and operated pure-play semiconductor manufacturer and a DOD-accredited Trusted supplier. He joined SkyWater in 2017 as the lead executive, driving the company’s successful business transformation from an IDM to a pure play foundry. He has effectively diversified SkyWater’s customer base by defining new product markets and target customers while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies. Mr. Sonderman has leveraged SkyWater’s U.S-based manufacturing operations to expand the company’s government business and to focus on reinstating a strong domestic commercial manufacturing presence. He has built a world class leadership team that inspires over 500 employees to deliver process R&D innovation and operational excellence.

Mr. Sonderman’s extensive industry experience in all aspects of fab operations has delivered market leadership and increased shareholder value to high-technology industry leaders Rudolph Technologies, Globalfoundries and AMD. Notably, he played a critical role serving as part of an executive team at AMD that spun-off manufacturing operations to form Globalfoundries.

A widely recognized subject matter expert, Mr. Sonderman is the author of 50 patents and a highly sought-after industry speaker. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science Technology and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from National Technological University.

Todd Younkin

Dr. Todd Younkin

Semiconductor Research Corporation

Starting in August of 2020, Dr. Todd Younkin became the President and CEO of SRC, where he leads a ~$90M/yr. global research agenda with growing support from 3 U.S. government agencies and 25 industrial members. Shortly thereafter, SRC released its 2030 Decadal Plan for Semiconductors, which identifies the five “seismic shifts” shaping the future of chips for information and communication technologies (ICT). Working closely with SIA, SRC has called for an annual $3.4 billion federal investment over the next decade to fund semiconductor R&D across these five critical areas. Todd’s excited by the call for a renewed investment in semiconductor materials, hardware, and design as well as the associated workforce development efforts that will help us meet the opportunity of a promising future.

Prior to becoming SRC’s CEO, Dr. Younkin’s research and development experience spanned Intel’s 0.18um to 5nm nodes with technical contributions in novel materials, nanotechnology, integration, advanced lithography, and integrated photonics. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Younkin was on assignment to IMEC’s advanced lithography program to mature both EUV lithography (EUVL) and the Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs) and return the technology to Intel in Portland, OR.

In 2018, Dr. Younkin engineered, launched, and led all programmatic aspects of the 5-year, $250 million JUMP research initiative, led by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) in collaboration with DARPA and their Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI). JUMP has 6 multi-university, multi-disciplinary innovation centers that bring together 138 faculty, 883 students, and 371 industrial engineering liaisons on 171 research tasks at 32 universities. It emphasizes the advancement of Materials, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering to secure continued U.S. thought leadership in semiconductors.

Dr. Younkin holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.