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Board Members
Dr. Matt Kim, Chairman

Dr. Matt Kim is the Founder and President of QuantTera. QuantTera specializes in developing nano-engineered quantum based devices for microelectronic applications. QuantTera's focus is to develop manufacturable lasers, detectors, driver amplifiers for the next generation of integrated circuits.    In 2000 Dr. Kim co-founded MicroLink Devices, Inc., a leading manufacturer of transistors for cellular communications in Niles, IL. At MicroLink he was Vice President of Operations and supervised the transistor manufacturing program which ultimately resulted vendor qualification at major telecommunications companies. From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Kim served as Principal staff scientist at Motorola’s corporate research laboratory, demonstrating transistors with very high gain, which were used in Motorola cell phone technology.  At the 2006 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation he received the Chairman's Award for contributions to Arizona’s High Tech IndustryDr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University
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Michael J. Berman, Co-Chairman

Michael Berman has over 30 years of Mico-Nano fabrication experience at Data General, AMD, Sematech, LSI Logic and University of Arizona. Mike holds 50 patents, with more pending and many published papers.   He has five major wafer fab start-ups, four in the US and one in South East Asia, four of the fab startups were named “Fab of the year”.  Mike managed many different groups from small to greater than 100 staff in Process /Equipment Engineering, Maintenance and Production with responsibilities including Sustaining Engineering, Development, Tech Transfer-both within and outside the US.  Types of projects included:  Copy Smart, SPC, DOE, ISO 9001, ISO 14000, and CI teams. He managed all aspects of a small MEMS Research & Development center at the University of Arizona. He is currently Director of Manufacturing for Tempronics in Tucson.  Tempronics is perfecting advancing solid-state thermoelectric devices, devices that both cool and heat and how to best integrate thermoelectric devices into every day products like chairs, beds, and automobiles.  Mike came to Arizona in 2004 as the Manager of the Micro/Nano Fabrication Center (MFC) at the University of Arizona before joining Tempronics in 2009. His has a BS in Physics and a BA in Technical Theater from University of Central Florida (Florida Technological University). At LSI, Michael was “Inventor of the Year” for 2002 and “Outstanding Patent Liaison of the Year” for 2003.  Mike has also consulted with many small high tech start-ups in Southern Arizona and was on the screening committee of the Desert Angels, an angel investment group in Tucson where he served as the “physics cop” (2005 to 2011).

Cindy Pillote, Secretary

Cindy Pillote is an attorney with the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Her legal practice includes intellectual property counseling; patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution; related technology transfer; and licensing. Technical experience in, among other areas, nanotechnology, medical devices and products, life sciences, nutraceuticals, cosmeticeuticals, semiconductors and semiconductor manufacturing, electronic commerce, mechanical devices, chemical processes and compounds, mining technology, and electronic communication. In addition to the various Bar Associations, Cindy also is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, and the Licensing Executive Society. She is also a board member of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster, the Center for Applied Nanoiononics at ASU, and Community Health Charities, and chairs this year’s Arizona Nanotechnology Symposium Committee. Prior to earning her law degree from Arizona State University in 1997, she had a professional career in engineering at Motorola and Digital Equipment Corporation and earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Materials Science Engineering from ASU.

Dr. Sudhama Shastri

Sudhama Shastri has spent 25 years in the semiconductor industry. He is currently involved in developing market strategy and driving product roadmaps in the Standard Products Group at ON Semiconductor. He previously led product design and technology development teams in CMD, ON Semiconductor and Motorola. He received a BTech degree at the Indian Institute of Technology and MS and PhD degrees at the University of Texas, all in electronics engineering. He serves on the board of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster. He has over 50 publications and 20 issued patents.

Dawn Nagle

Dawn Nagle is Director of Managed Hosted Sales at OneNeck IT Services, where she helps companies leverage cloud services and virtualization technologies to become more agile, secure and competitive in the marketplace.  Previously she served at Trade Commissioner with the Canadian Consulate – Phoenix where she drove the commercialization of research and the growth of trade, and investment in the fields of science and technology. She has organized many trade missions including: the First Canadian Aboriginal Trade Mission to Arizona which focused on renewable energies and advanced technologies, several Ontario Health-IT Trade Missions, and multiple US Technology Commercialization Missions to and from Canada.  She also served as International Sales Executive at Northrup Grumman Global Enterprise Systems, Regional Account Executive at Compuware Corporation, and Director of Business Enterprises Information Technology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Chicago State University.  She serves on several boards and consuls within Arizona.  

Douglas L. Goodman

Doug Goodman is the President and CEO of Ridgetop Group, Inc, a well-established electronic prognostics and fault-tolerant semiconductor design firm in Tucson, and has an extensive background in Electronic Design, Metrology, and Test. He is a co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster. Doug has helped start several companies over the years serving the Semiconductor Industry, including Opmaxx (now part of Credence Systems), Environmental Metrology Corporation and Ridgetop in Tucson. He has also served as VP of Engineering at Analogy, Inc, (now part of Synopsys) and held various managerial and engineering roles at Tektronix and Honeywell. Doug holds a BSEE from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and an MBA from the University of Portland. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Arizona in Tucson and was named an Entrepreneurial Fellow by the University of Arizona, Eller College of Business in 2002.  He received the Chairman’s Award at the 2006 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in Phoenix for his contributions to Arizona’s High Tech Industry. 
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Dr. Mike Petras

Dr. Petras received his BS degrees in Physics and Music, with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and his MS and PhD degrees in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent 7 years at Bell Laboratories working on the development of high speed silicon and gallium arsenide devices before joining Motorola’s semiconductor division in Tempe, Arizona (now Freescale Semiconductor), where he has worked on a wide variety of device and process technologies . He currently works on silicon power devices, primarily for automotive applications. Dr. Petras holds 10 patents, and has published over 40 papers on electronic materials and devices.

Dr. Brian Skromme

Prof. Brian Skromme received the B.S. degree (with high honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980 and 1985, respectively.  He was Member of Technical Staff at Bellcore from 1985 to 1989, when he joined the Electrical Engineering department at Arizona State University.  There, he is currently Professor and Assistant Dean in Academic and Student Affairs for the Fulton Schools of Engineering.  He has authored over 120 refereed publications in solid state electronics and has given 119 presentations at national and international conferences and workshops.  He has also spent time as a visiting researcher at Motorola and Freescale.  His research centers on compound semiconductor materials and devices, currently focusing on GaN and SiC for electronic and photonic applications.  He also performs research on engineering education, including the development of tutorial software for that purpose.

Thomas McGlew

Thomas McGlew has more than thirty years of experience in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing and employee development. Tom has served as one of the founding Committee Members of the Northwest Semiconductor Workforce Development Consortium, as a Steering Member for the Arizona SEMI Committee, as a Board Member of the AZ Nanothenology Cluster, and as a Member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He is the Instructional Programs Development Specialist at the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center, with Project Management responsibilities for the Work-Ready Electronics program. Mr. McGlew is a certified instructor for numerous Management and Leadership Development Workshops and has spoken at two ASTD Technical Education Conferences on Mentoring in the Workplace.

Dr. Jack Hughes

John (Jack) Hughes is an Adjunct Professor in the Department Of Family and Community Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor Of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University Of Health Sciences in Bethesda. Following graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, he received his medical degree from Cornell Medical College in New York City followed by training in surgery at the St. Luke's Hospital in New York City with faculty appointments at Columbia University and Columbia Teachers College. As an "obligatory volunteer" Dr. Hughes served as Chief Of Surgery for the Army at Fort Benjamin Harrison before service as a combat surgeon in Vietnam. On return to civilian status he practiced general surgery in Kenton, Ohio, where he also became Health Commissioner for Hardin County. He returned academic practice as Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine, and Director Of Surgery at the Mental Health State Hospital in Toledo, Ohio during the early development of the Medical College Of Ohio. He joined the faculty of the University of Arizona as Associate Professor Of Surgery and Associate Professor Of Family And Community Medicine, as well as, serving as Director of Emergency Services of University Hospital from 1977 until 1981. Dr. Hughes returned to military service as Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy Reserve and served on active duty until 1985. He remained with the Naval Reserve with multiple episodes of return for special service and was called to active duty during Desert Shield/Storm. He was based at the Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, teaching surgery but also serving as a tri-services educator teaching the Advanced Life-Support Course of The American College Surgeons. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1996. Dr. Hughes served as a medical practitioner in Casa Grande, Arizona, until 2000. Subsequently he covered emergency care at the Indian Hospital in Sells, Arizona, and the Yuma Regional Health Center in Yuma, Arizona. As he withdrew from active clinical patient care practice he took interest in distance learning, nanotechnology, and the development of brain/mind in the human with special focus on the impact of music on capacity for learning. Dr. Hughes was one of the founding members of the Arizona Nanotechnology Cluster. He became active with the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, becoming a Director of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain States divisions. In that capacity, he was co-host to regional meetings held at the University of Arizona in April 2005. His wide and interdisciplinary interests and have led to linkages with academic, industrial, and governmental organizations in the Southwest. His work with the care of victims and interest in brain/mind have carried over to the study of crime and violence, as well as, the potential for behavioral change. He is listed in Who's Who in America 2007; Who's Who in American Education 2004-2005; Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2006-2007; Who's Who in the West 1994-1995. He continues to seek opportunities for learning and service locally, globally -- based on past experiences and skills -- and for opportunities for personal growth.

Gary Witting

Gary F. Witting practices in the area of Intellectual Property.  Mr. Witting has worked for Motorola for 25 years with half of the time devoted to engineering and half of the time devoted to law.  He represents technology clients and others with regard to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and transactions. His practice also involves technology licensing and transfer, business relationships, and various kinds of contract negotiations.  Mr. Witting’s clients range from large multinationals to start-up companies and independent inventors.  Mr. Witting has lectured and presented several seminars, domestically and internationally, on the various subjects of intellectual property and its business ramifications.  He is admitted to practice in the state of Arizona and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  

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