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Expert in Electronic Materials, Processes, and Components (esp. Capacitors)

Expert ID: 733416 South Carolina, USA

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Technologist with >25 years experience in R&D, product development, business identification and development, including design, materials, processing, testing and packaging. Strong track record of taking ideas to profitable products. 20 granted US Patents. Author/presenter with over 60 publications and presentations. 6 Sigma Blackbelt (DFSS), Expert Witness (Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors, Passive Electronic Components, Some Active Electronics, Electronic Materials, Materials Processing, Materials Characterization, Device Characterization) both IP and Product Liability, Adjunct Professor Clemson University Bioengineering

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Augusta, Georgia - Athens, Georgia - Columbia, South Carolina - Greenville, South Carolina - Johnson City, Tennessee

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1985 Degree: BS Subject: Ceramic Engineering Institution: Alfred University
Year: 1988 Degree: MS Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Florida
Year: 1993 Degree: PhD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: University of Florida
Year: 1995 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Management Institution: Webster University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: VP, Consulting Department: Consulting Responsibilities: Consultant for selection, sourcing, design, materials, processing, technology, intellectual property and equipment selection for electronic components
• Electronic device and materials consulting
• Electronic component selection and sourcing for projects (active and passive)
• Capacitors, resistors, inductors and terminators, batteries, oscillators, transducers, power harvesters and sensors (mechanical and gas including smart sensors), thermoelectric devices, and other passive electronic components
• Adhesive/coating/potting/encapsulation selection
• Manage PCB fabrication and assembly processes
• RoHS advisement
• Advisement on product compliance per specification
• Electronic materials selection and sourcing including ceramics, metals, and organics
• Device, Materials and process development for materials and related electronic components
• High temperature materials selection, evaluation, design and processing
• High energy density storage materials and devices design and development assistance
• Product development assistance including design, materials selection and sourcing, processing and related process equipment, test and analysis, packaging, intellectual property protection and marketing
• Technical marketing studies for emerging proprietary technologies, including devices, materials, test and measurement, and associated equipment, intellectual property and technologies
• Assisted in win of ARPA-e grant team BEEST Program Award Recapping, Inc.: High Energy Density Capacitors, program in coordination with Recapping (Khosla Ventures funded) and Pennsylvania State University
• Subject matter expert: Ceramic capacitors, providing expert advisement on characteristics of multilayer ceramic capacitors, Class 1 (linear dielectrics) and Class 2 (ferroelectric dielectrics)
• Expert for International Trade Commission Trial Investigation Number 337-TA-692, “In the Matter of Certain Ceramic Capacitors and Products Containing Same”, Murata v SEMCO. Assisted successful defense against infringement claims regarding US Patents:
o 6,014,309
o 6,243,254
o 6,266,229
o 6,377,439
• Expert support for International Trade Commission Trial Investigation Number 337-TA-813, “Certain Electronic Devices With Graphics Data Processing Systems, Components Thereof, and Associated Software”, S3 Graphics v Apple. Assisted successful defense settlement against infringement claims regarding US Patent 5,581,279
• Expert support for U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, case number 2:11-cv-00052-TJW, MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. v. Apple, Inc., et al. Assisted successful defense settlement against infringement claims regarding US Patent 6,643,765
• Expert for Fourth Circuit Court, Duval County Florida, product liability case number 16-2010-CA-001815, Gentleman v Medtronic. Assisted successful settlement for client
• Expert support for additional intellectual property and product liability projects
• Technical and market development advisor to several startup businesses in the field of passive electronic components (high temperature, high energy density storage devices and materials, high temperature gas sensing systems)
• Instructor, seminar on patent portfolios and intellectual property at CARTS USA 2011
• Invited instructor, seminar on intellectual property at SmartStateTM Council of Endowed Chairs, May 2013
• Invited speaker for ASM seminar, October 2014
• Technical blogger for “The Circuit: A Blog for Engineers,” http://www.venkel.com/blog
• Marketed IP rights to patent portfolio for emerging technology company
• Client base includes more than 25 clients, from startup to Fortune 100.
Years: 1999 to 2008 Employer: KEMET Electronics Title: Director of Ceramic Technology Department: Ceramic Capacitors Responsibilities: Responsible for the direction of seven, process specific, functional teams, providing technology solutions for Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor (MLCC) development needs, including:
-Mixing, Milling and Coating of Dielectric Tapes
-Electrode Materials
-Green Chip Processing
-Thermal Processing and Corner Rounding
-Termination Materials and Processing
-Plating
-Test and Failure Analysis
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Ferro Corporation Title: Director of Research and Development Department: Electronic Materials Responsibilities: Responsible for planning, direction and oversight of all division level research and development and new product development, including the following product lines:
• LTCC (Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic systems)
• MMS (Multilayer Materials Systems)
• OEM (Organic Electronic Materials systems )
• PVS (Photovoltaic materials Systems)
• RMS (Resistor Materials Systems)
• TFS (Thick Film materials Systems)
• Directed new product development of more than 225 new line item products accounting for ~25% of FEM, CA FY99 total sales
• Established and managed an R&D/NPD group
• Established a comprehensive R&D information system
• Established and managed a process engineering group
• Established and managed a QA group
• Corporate level R&D interaction for division
• Division level interaction with external product development sources
• Managed divisional intellectual property
• Managed DARPA grant for high aspect ratio electrode printing on low loss dielectric packaging
• Member of Senior Management Committee
Years: 1992 to 1997 Employer: AVX Corporation Title: Manager of Ceramic Capacitor Research and Development Department: Advanced Product Technology Responsibilities: Responsible for planning and oversight of all multi-layered ceramic capacitor development
• Oversight of development of base metal, relaxor and conventional MLCC systems, high CV, low cost (Ni-metallurgy X7R and Y5V, Relaxor-based Y5V/Y5U)
• For high frequency applications (Cu-metallurgy COG)
• For harsh environments (X8R/other under-the-hood applications)
• Assisted Integrated Passive Component development
• Member of AVX Development Council
• Member of AVX Dielectric Strategy Committee
• Oversight Committee for competitor benchmarking
• Interface and assist corporate MLCC development at satellite plants (Myrtle Beach, SC, Conway, SC, Raleigh, NC, Olean, NY, Vancouver, WA, Coleraine, Ireland, Kyocera (Japan and USA))
• Member of Environmental, Health and Safety Council
• AVX Representative to the American Ceramic Industries Association

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
ACers
ASM
Licenses / Certifications
DFSS Six Sigma Black Belt
Publications and Patents Summary
Inventor on 20 US Patents
Author on over 60 Publications and Presentations

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