Laith Altimime, President, SEMI Europe
As President of SEMI Europe, Laith Altimime leads SEMI’s activities in Europe and Middle East and North Africa (MENA). He has overall responsibility for regional events, programs, membership, advocacy, and collaborative forums. Additionally, he manages and nurtures relationships with SEMI members in the region, as well as with local associations and constituents in industry, government, and academia. He provides support and services to SEMI members worldwide that have supply chain interests in Europe. Altimime has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, mostly in Europe. He has held leadership positions at Altis, Infineon, Qimonda, KLA-Tencor, Communicant Semiconductor AG, NEC Semiconductors, and imec. Altimime holds a BS from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
Frazer Anderson, Innovation and Solutions Director, Oxford Instruments
Frazer Anderson has worked for Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) for 21 years and is currently the Innovation and Solutions Director, having responsibility for Product Development, Collaborative projects and embedding a culture of Innovation throughout the business. During his 36-year career in the design and manufacture of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry Frazer has held senior roles in Operations, Engineering and Product Management. He has led a number of acquisition projects, led a cross business team to set up the OI Plc manufacturing facility in Shanghai, and has been instrumental in defining and implementing OIPT’s global collaboration strategy.
Dr Huma Ashraf, Head of R&D Accounts, SPTS Technologies Ltd
Dr Huma Ashraf has more than 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry. Dr Ashraf joined Surface Technology Systems (STS) as a process engineer in 1993 and was involved in the early pioneering development of silicon DRIE and subsequent equipment development. Following STS’s merger with Aviza Technology to form SPTS Technologies in 2009, Dr Ashraf became Process Manager for R&D Accounts. Dr Ashraf studied Engineering at Cambridge University and gained her PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. Dr Ashraf has also contributed towards a number of technical papers and patents.
Kevin Crofton, President, SPTS Technologies, Senior Vice President, KLA Corporation
Kevin Crofton is currently President of SPTS Technologies and a Senior Vice President at KLA Corporation. With almost three decades of commercial industry experience (nearly 25 of which are in the semiconductor capital equipment sector), Mr. Crofton is responsible for worldwide customer operations (sales and service) and the global manufacturing and marketing operations of SPTS. Under his leadership, SPTS Technologies has evolved into one of the industry’s leading suppliers of etch and deposition wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, Power, Compound Semi, RF and Advanced Packaging arenas. Mr Crofton is an active industry contributor, having published various technical and trade articles, participates and presents at various SEMI, MEMS, Advanced Packaging, and Executive forums. He is a member of the SEMI Board of Directors, and is Board Chair of the governing council of the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group. A champion in promoting the development of high tech manufacturing in Wales where SPTS is a major manufacturing presence, he was appointed to the European Advisory Group by the First Minister. Mr Crofton has also been appointed chair of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult which is located in South Wales and established by Innovate UK to promote the collaboration, development, and commercialization of compound semiconductor technologies developed in the UK to the global markets. Mr. Crofton began his semiconductor industry career at Lam Research Corporation, holding various positions including product general manager, Conductor Etch Products, and eventually serving as managing director and GM of the Chemical Mechanical Planarization/Clean Products Group. He subsequently went on to assume leadership positions at Newport Corporation and NEXX Systems. In 2006, Mr. Crofton joined Aviza Technology, Inc., as vice president and general manager for the single wafer (PVD/CVD/Etch) product division in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) acquired most of the product lines of Aviza Technology, Inc. to combine with Surface Technology Systems that formed SPTS. As a result of his strong leadership in the successful integration, and subsequent expansion of the company, Mr. Crofton was promoted to his current position. In June 2011, the SPTS management team (including Mr. Crofton) announced its acquisition of the company in a private equity backed management buy-out. In 2014, Mr. Crofton led the sale of SPTS in a strategic placement to Orbotech (NASDAQ:ORBK), a market leader in PCB and FPD inspection and repair equipment essential in the packaging space. Mr. Crofton holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from American University and a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr Crofton retains strong links with Virginia Tech and was appointed to the Virginia Tech Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.
Mike Czerniak, Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager, Edwards
- 1982 PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Manchester
- 2016-now, Lead Author on UN IPCC 2019 GHG Guidelines
- 2016-now, Visiting Industrial Professor, University of Bristol
- 2014-now, Co-Chair SEMI E167 & 175 Energy-Saving standards
- 1995-now, Marketing & Business Developt., Edwards
- 1982-1995, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology: Philips, Cambridge Instruments, VSW, Vacuum Generators
Peter Davies, Technical Director, Thales e-Security, Thales
In this talk Peter would like to take you on a Fantastic Voyage through the subatomic world that exists within and underpins our digital environment. The world of physics where digital effects become real and in doing so show why this is THE critical technology area to understand in producing the technological products and services that will shape the next 50 years. Peter will discuss the critical skillset by which the next generation of cyber attackers will generate their income; and how these skills are essential to the economically successful deployment of the most significant categories of Sensors and IoT.
Peter Davies is a Security Expert operating at the convergence of Safety and Security. An honorary Fellow with Imperial College’s Institute for Security Science & Technology and chair of the AESIN Security Workstream. He is a leading expert on Countering Cyber Attacks targeted Supply Chain Infiltration and Cyber Physical Attacks. He has lead the Cyber Security aspects of 2 C-CAV research activities and has 30+ years of verifying security systems in hardware and software. Peter likes to say that he does security where it can’t afford to fail. Peter is sought after by organisations for his advice on their legal position with respect to Cyber attacks.
Karla Dineen, Human Resources Manager, Applied Materials
Sam Evans, Director of Quality & External Affairs, Newport Wafer Fab
The Compound Semiconductor cluster is a unique coalition of Industrial, University and Government bodies located in SE Wales which specialise in next generation semiconductor materials.
Many of the applications of the Fourth industrial revolution will be driven by the adoption of CS technology. This cluster can enable the worldwide deployment of smarter, cooler, faster semiconductor devices
Sam is a quality and business excellence professional with over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor sector. A graduate of Cardiff University with an Honours Degree in Chemistry, joining INMOS in 1984 after completing a research Masters in thermodynamics. Sam has extensive experience of building and maintaining business management systems based on IATF, EFQM and other best practise models as well as facilitating the development of strategic business plans using McKinsey and Hoshin techniques. During the past five years he has assisted the leadership team in transforming the business into a 100% On-time Delivery, Zero Defects operation In his current role as External Affairs Director for Newport Wafer Fab Sam acts as the main business officer working closely with the CS Connected community, Government and strategic customers to realize the potential of the Compound Semiconductor Cluster.
Emir Demircan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, SEMI Europe
METIS is largest electronics education initiative co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ Program. The initiative brings together 20 industry and university partners to connect students and employers to boost career opportunities in the electronics industry. The project focuses on key technological, environmental and societal trends shaping the future of electronics technology; identifies emerging job profiles in AI, cybersecurity, automotive, enabled by advanced electronics.
Emir Demircan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, SEMI Europe. He is a professional in public policy and government affairs in engineering technologies. At SEMI, he is responsible for leading pan-European advocacy actions on technology, talent, regulatory and government incentives. He previously worked in the 3D printing, chemical and digital sectors. He studied international political economy at King's College London.
Charmyn Hall, HR Director, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
Charmyn Hall is the HR Director for Plasma Technology. Plasma employs people from all over the world in a wide variety of disciplines including Science, Technology, Engineering, IT, Software,Operations, Procurement, Sales, Marketing, Commercial and Support Services roles. Her role is to create an environment that enables people to utilise their unique talents to support our innovative customers, creating a growing and sustainable business. Her key objective is making sure our culture encourages people from all sorts of backgrounds and experiences to achieve all they can and enjoy their work. Prior to Plasma, Charmyn held HR Director roles in companies supporting complex government contracts. Charmyn holds an MBA from the University of Bath, a Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel from the University of the West of England and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.
Liam Walsh, Operations Manager, Applied Materials Ireland
Liam Walsh has worked for Applied Materials for 25 years and is currently the Operations Manager for the Field Service Organization in Ireland. Having qualified as a Mechanical Engineer from University College Dublin in 1994 he began his career as a Field Service Engineering supporting Customers in multiple locations around the world. He has supported various project management and leadership roles over the last 15 years and is currently responsible for the PVD, EPI, RTP and Abatement semiconductor products supplied by Applied Materials to Customers in Ireland.
Tom Lievens, VP, Human Resource & Organizational Development, Edwards
Tom Lievens has worked in Human Resources for 20+ years. Holding a degree in Social Science he began his career for an employer federation in Belgium. Tom was active in HR consultancy (Competence and Reward Management) before becoming HR Director Belgium and France for a Dutch industrial group. In 2011 he joined the Atlas Copco Group as Vice President Human Resources covering the Power Technique business area. In his current role, Tom holds a global responsibility with a high focus on employee engagement, leadership and employee development and diversity and inclusion in order to support the achievement of the business goals and objectives. Tom is a Belgian citizen and currently lives in the United Kingdom.
Chris Meadows, Head of Open Innovation, IQE
Cassandra Melvin, Director of Operations, SEMI Europe
Cassandra Melvin received her BS in Business Management and Neuropsychology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is Director of Operations at SEMI Europe. For the nine years prior to joining SEMI, she held the position Global Product Manager at Atotech Deutschland GmbH, where she was responsible for managing several hundred electroplating chemistry products in its Semiconductor and Functional Electronic Coatings division. She began her career at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) as a Business Manager focused on strategic and technical programs for semiconductor chemistry and equipment manufacturers. She also held various project and program management roles in clean room operations and IT at SUNY. Cassandra's written work has been published in leading technical magazines and presented at key conferences globally. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion, she is actively involved in SEMI's efforts to promote diversity within the semiconductor industry.
Dr Wyn Meredith, Director, Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC)
Dr Wyn Meredith received a MA (Physics) from Cambridge University and PhD from Heriot Watt University in blue semiconductor laser development in 1997, and has >20 years of industrial experience gained during time at Ferranti, British Telecom Research Labs, Sharp Research labs, IQE plc and as Commercial Director of Glasgow based Compound Semiconductor Technologies. Wyn is currently Director of the Compound Semiconductor Centre, which was founded in 2015 as a Joint Venture between Cardiff University and IQE Plc with the mission of accelerating commercialisation of Compound Semiconductor materials and device research, and realising a tangible economic return on the UK investment in this key area of enabling technology. Based in Cardiff, the Centre is a vital milestone towards developing a World-class Compound Semiconductor cluster in South Wales. Wyn was critically involved in defining its concept, vision and funding mechanisms and he is currently building the team necessary to execute the business plan and promote the development of Europe’s first Compound Semiconductor Technology Cluster in South Wales. He has led several multi-million collaborative research projects in the area of Compound Semiconductor device development and has secured in excess of £75M of Industrial Collaborative R+D funding bids over the last decade. Wyn is an expert advisor to the UKs Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Cardiff University Department of Physics and Astronomy, The UK National III-V Centre, Sheffield University, The National Physical Laboratory and provides executive level advisory services to numerous SMEs in the field of Compound Semiconductor Device technology. He is a member of the UK Photonics Leadership Group and a Non-executive Director of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult.
Martin Stringer, Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University
Professor Martin Stringer was born in Tanzania, educated in South Yorkshire and undertook his first degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Following a year in Tanzania, he completed his PhD at the University of Manchester focusing on the way in which congregations understand their worship, and spent five years doing church-related community work in Manchester’s eastern inner-city estates. In 1993, Professor Stringer took up a lectureship in the sociology and anthropology of religion at Birmingham University and has maintained a constant interest in Christian worship, the development of congregational studies in the UK and the wider role of religion in British society. In October 2007 he was awarded a chair in Liturgical and Congregational Studies. During his 23 years at the University of Birmingham, Professor Stringer was Head of Theology and Religion, Head of the College of Arts and Law and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for the University's strategies for employability, valuing teaching, equality and diversity, Africa and community relations. In 2015, Professor Stringer joined Swansea University as Pro-Vice Chancellor. He has overall responsibility for learning and teaching and student experience across the University. He has strategic responsibility for the student journey from recruitment and widening participation through to graduate outcomes. During his time at Swansea Professor Stringer has consistently worked with colleagues across the University to increase the student voice and to put the students at the centre of all decisions around learning and teaching and student welfare. This has led to consistently strong NSS outcomes, the award of the TEF Gold and recognition in national league tables and awards. External relations roles include interactions with HEFCW, Welsh Government, the HEA, local Further Education Colleges, Swansea City and County and South West Wales Reaching Wider. Professor Stringer’s own research is based on the anthropological methods of ethnography in detailed and extended studies of real-life situations as a means to make sense of religious behaviour; he established and ran the Worship in Birmingham Project from 1998-2003. Key monographs include: Discourses on Religious Diversity (Ashgate 2013); Rethinking the Origins of the Eucharist (SCM 2011); Contemporary Western Ethnography of the Definition of Religion (Continuum, 2008); A Sociological History of the Christian Worship(CUP, 2005); and his ground-breaking On the Perception of Worship (1999).
Kate Wilson, Vice President, Marketing