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Expert in Microelectronic components materials and reliability

Expert ID: 735249 Florida, USA

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Expert has 31 years of experience (the most recent 12 years in the position of Senior Scientist responsible for company analytical laboratories) at three companies manufacturing advanced semiconductor devices for military, aerospace, medical device, and other applications, and an additional 18 years as a consultant helping a variety of clients in studying, selecting, qualifying, and researching the functional performance of materials used for these products, including analysis of product failure where materials are involved.

Expert's employment and consulting experience include all aspects of measuring and controlling volatile species, including moisture, hydrogen, and other volatiles, entrapped within or leaking into hermetic electronic enclosures of all kinds. His laboratory responsibilities at semiconductor manufacturing companies included establishing and overseeing the daily function of a mass spectrometer facility declared suitable by DLA for measuring internal water vapor in hermetic packages as specified by Mil-Std 883 Test Method 1018.

Expert's overall experience includes application of a wide variety of materials analysis methods and interpretation and use of data generated by these methods, including, but not limited to: scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive Xray analysis, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, emission spectroscopy, gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, UV/visible/infrared spectrophotometry, thermal analysis.

Expert has worked extensively with material suppliers in selecting, analyzing, evaluating performance, qualifying, and preparing purchase specifications for materials and products to be used in electronic component manufacturing processes. In these activities, he encourages suppliers to utilize the principles of statistical process control in manufacturing and outgoing quality control, so that users can receive products based on control chart acceptance.

Expert has worked extensively in supporting root cause investigations into component failure analysis where materials defects are or contribute to root cause of failure.

Expert has worked extensively in supporting efforts to combat entry of counterfeit electronic components into distributor supply chains, including communication of awareness of the broad scope and damaging effects of counterfeit components in high-reliability systems, and helping clients with product inspection methods to identify counterfeits utilizing IDEA Standard 1010.

Expert's work experience has included helping emerging companies/small businesses establish quality manuals and overall quality programs emphasizing the use of statistical process control to characterize and control manufacturing processes.

2001-2019 Expert has his own consulting service. Been in consulting business for 18 years. 2001-2019 Support company in establishment and interpretation of package leak test and internal gas analysis services. Liaison between company and certain portions of client base as the advisor on hermetic packaging gas analysis and data interpretation.2004-2016 Team with other AJA consultants to guide clients in the microelectronic device, medical device, and related industries in problem-solving and root cause analysis, product, and business development, and customer satisfaction.2014-2018 Part-time consulting activity. Develop product specifications and quality program for commercializing hydrogen gas getters utilized in sealed enclosures in the microelectronic device, medical device, and military and nuclear applications.2014-2019 Consulting staff member assisting the firm in problem-solving and root cause analysis of component and materials failure for a variety of clients in the electronic component and automotive industries.2018-2019 Part-time consulting services in business development. Provided technical and quality data in support of a new emerging gas getter company.Provided failure analysis of wirebond reliability and materials analytical work supporting re-build program of power management transistor parts for installation on International Space Station for Fairchild Corp/Boeing, 2001-2004. Parts upgraded for reliability lifetime on two occasions for service into the 2020’s.Provided failure analysis and contamination control materials analysis services for Arthur Jonath Associates supporting re-design and manufacturing of a transdermal drug delivery device for client Alza Corporation, 2004-2007. Product successfully re-designed and manufactured.Provided internal volatiles analysis and guidelines for controlling same in hermetic packaging for Arthur Jonath Associates and client Lockheed Corp., 2011, leading to much-improved client understanding of hermetic package fine leak and moisture control problems.Provided proprietary protocol for assuring reliability of hermetic packages non-compliant to internal water vapor specifications for Los Alamos National Laboratories, 2013. Product deployed and successfully flown in an aerospace application.Provided guidance for hermetically sealed enclosure design, selection, and qualification of materials, and control of volatile species within cochlear implant hearing devices for medical device manufacturer Cochlear, Ltd., 2014 and 2018.Provided technical services and customer development support for Arthur Jonath Associates, leading to customer identification in the military and aerospace arena for client Datadot, Inc. to gain market acceptance of rare-earth product authentication marking technology for electronic components, 2014-2017. Provided ongoing consulting services in the areas of package seal materials analysis and internal gas control to client and start-up package sealing service provider Microcircuit Labs, 2015-2019. Successful start-up with several new customers attracted by the high quality of the company’s package sealing processes.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Orlando, Florida - Port Saint Lucie, Florida - West Palm Beach, Florida - Palm Bay, Florida - Lakeland, Florida - Melbourne, Florida - Deltona, Florida - Daytona Beach, Florida

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: MS Subject: Inorganic Chemistry Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Year: 1966 Degree: BS Subject: Chemistry Institution: Stetson University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to 2001 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Sr. Scientist Department: Reliability Responsibilities: Company analytical laboratory as below.
Years: 1972 to 1998 Employer: Harris Semiconductor Title: Sr. Scientist Department: Reliability Responsibilities: Establish and oversee company analytical laboratory; provide materials analysis support to incoming inspection, product manufacturing, and product reliability and failure analysis investigations.
Years: 1969 to 1972 Employer: Radiation, Inc. Title: Engineer Department: Quality & Reliability Responsibilities: Develop advanced lithography and device packaging materials for semiconductor mfg.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
American Chemical Society member
International Reliability Physics Symposium, Program and Organizing Committee member, Session Chairman
International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, Program Committee, Organizing Committee, Session Chairman
American Chemical Society. Tour speaker for ACS presenting the topic “The Chemistry of Microelectronics” around nine ACS local section tour itineraries covering the entire United States
International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, Professional Development Course Instructor
International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS), Advanced Technology Conference and Tabletop Exhibits on Non-Hermetic Packaging Technology for Reliable Microelectronics, Organizing Committee
Components for Military and Space Electronics Exhibition and Symposium, Organizing Committee, Tutorial Instructor
Minnowbrook Microelectronics Conference, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, Organizing Committee
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has written chapters for five technology books.
He has presented more than three dozen technical papers at a variety of conferences on a number of technical topics, including but not limited to:
Measurement and control of moisture and other gases in hermetic packages
Chemical and physical properties of surfaces
Contamination identification and control in electronic components
Counterfeit component identification and control

He has received over two dozen US patents for a variety of inventions, including but not limited to the following areas:

Sensors for moisture measurement
Silicon etching
Bonded wafer processing
Radiation hardened dielectric films
Plastic package decapsulation by microwave methods
Plastic package decapsulation by laser methods

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has served as a subject matter expert and/ witness on five occasions:
1. Expert witness for an employer in the matter of chemical analysis of paint overspray on employee vehicles, for recovery of an insurance claim.
2. Subject Matter Expert for infringement of Patent
3. Subject Matter Expert for compressed gas analysis
4. Subject Matter Expert and Expert Witness for Law Firms, failure to identify electronic components as counterfeit goods
5. Subject Matter Expert for Law Firm, gas getter intellectual property dispute
Training / Seminars
Expert has recently conducted tutorials or training seminars in the following subjects:
“Measuring and Controlling Volatiles in Hermetically Sealed Enclosures’, International Microelectronics and Packaging Society, Professional Development Course Instructor
“Advancing Technologies and Future Military Electronics”, at Components for Military and Space Exhibition
“Non-Hermetic Packaging Technology for Reliable Microelectronics”, at International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS), Advanced Technology Conference
“Semiconductors and Integrated Circuits, Tutorial”, at Components for Military and Space Exhibition
“Hermeticity Testing and RGA Tutorial”, at Components for Military and Space Exhibition
Vendor Selection
During employment with Harris Semiconductor and Intersil Corp., as Senior Scientist and Laboratory Manager, Expert developed and managed supplier relationships, including evaluating, selecting, and specifying silicon wafers, process chemicals and gases, and package piece part materials for semiconductor device fabrication. He encouraged suppliers to adopt and employ statistical process control methods, enabling raw materials to be received on the strength of control chart data demonstrating that successive lots of raw material were sourced from statistically-controlled manufacturing processes, thereby reducing the need and costs of incoming quality inspection.
During consulting activities with Vacuum Energy, Inc., and Active Materials, LLC, he did the reverse of the above, encouraging and helping these emerging companies manufacturing gas getter products to adopt and employ statistical methods so that their products could be delivered to customers from statistically controlled manufacturing processes.

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