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Semiconductor Manufacturing Intellectual Property, Materials Science, Failure Analysis

ID: 739523 California, USA

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Expert is a renowned professional who seamlessly amalgamates scientific, engineering, and economics principles to deliver exceptional results for his clients. With an illustrious career spanning numerous years, he specializes in building superior products, evaluating the technical and economic viability of proposed projects, investigating product failures, and achieving favorable outcomes in intellectual property disputes.

His expertise extends across a diverse clientele, encompassing established consumer electronics brands, automotive giants, government entities, and emerging seed-stage startups. He brings a wealth of insights to bear on subjects ranging from technical feasibility and product-market alignment to intricate automotive component recalls, semiconductor manufacturing glitches, medical device malfunctions, natural gas pipeline ruptures, and intricate intellectual property disputes.

Beyond his consulting endeavors, Expert is an active researcher within the esteemed Materials Science and Engineering Department of a prestigious university. His pioneering work involves the revolutionary concept of laser crystal splitting of sphalerite III-V materials, a groundbreaking manufacturing technology he spearheaded. This innovation holds the promise of significantly reducing the production costs associated with GaAs and other sphalerite III-V semiconductor materials and devices.

In addition to his academic and consulting roles, Expert is the driving force behind a private investment partnership that he established. Focused on ventures with a strong foundation in physical sciences and pivotal technological raw materials, this partnership underscores his commitment to advancing cutting-edge advancements across various industries.

Furthermore, Expert's expansive knowledge extends even to the realm of residential construction methods and materials, reflecting his multifaceted approach to innovation.

Through his groundbreaking research, versatile consulting prowess, and keen insights into emerging technologies, he continues to shape industries, inspire breakthroughs, and champion transformative change. His unique blend of expertise positions him at the forefront of scientific progress and innovation, and his contributions resonate across academia, industry, and investment spheres alike.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2014 Degree: PHD Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Stanford University
Year: 2014 Degree: MS Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Stanford University
Year: 2009 Degree: BS Subject: Materials Science and Engineering Institution: Stanford University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2023 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Researcher (Part-Time) Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Part-time researcher working on a laser-based III-V semiconductor manufacturing technology
(a role that he has held off and on since June 2014, with activity picking up substantially since June 2023)
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2017 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Partner Department:
Manager of a private investment partnership that focuses on physical-sciences-intensive investment opportunities.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2016 to 2016 Employer: QVT Financial, LP Title: Investment Analyst Department:
Semiconductors, lasers, batteries, and other physical-sciences-intensive industries.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2015 to 2016 Employer: Self Employed Title: Founder and CEO Department:
A spinout of Employer, was founded to commercialize a laser-based epitaxial layer transfer process for making high-efficiency III-nitride (e.g. Gallium nitride, GaN) semiconductor devices such as power transistors, LEDs, laser diodes, and RF chips.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 2014 to 2013 Employer: Exponent Failure Analysis Associates Title: Associate - Science and Engineering Consultant Department: Materials and Corrosion Engineering
Failure analysis and prevention in a variety of fields, including gas pipelines, smartphone components, medical implants, automotive glass, and semiconductor manufacturing. Technical consulting for intellectual property disputes in the field of electronics.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Completed Jeff Schox' patent law course at Employer.
Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
Publications and Patents Summary
Demonstrations: 4
Ph.D. dissertation: 1
Time Magazine publication: 1
Patents: 2

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
-Litigation (defense): Advised in a case involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets relating to semiconductor manufacturing equipment design
-Litigation (plaintiff): Worked with an electronics technology company to show patent infringement by a competitor
-Litigation (defense): Investigated fatigue failures in titanium pedicle (spinal) screws
-Litigation (plaintiff): Investigated seal failures on insulated glass units (“fog” between the panes of a window)
-Litigation (defense): Investigated an underground chemical pipeline leak
Other Relevant Experience
Consulting on matters of materials science and intellectual property since 2009, examples of prior consulting engagements include:
-Worked with a seed stage startup company to determine technical feasibility and product-market fit of a novel home energy backup system
-Advised a consumer electronics company in its development of a next generation display technology
-Worked with a seed stage startup company to determine feasibility and product-market fit of a novel portable energy storage device
-Supported an auto manufacturer in an investigation into tempered glass sunroof failures
-Investigated manufacturing defects in composite wind turbine blades
-Worked with a medical device company to determine the cause of an intermittent manufacturing defect in a polymer assembly
-Advised a utility company in its investigation of a natural gas pipeline rupture
-Worked with a government agency to investigate the failure of steel boiler tubes in the HVAC system of a large government facility

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English Native
Spanish Beginner

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