MIG Panel

Industry’s Guide to Technology Transfer and How to Commercialize your MEMS/Sensors Product

Technology transfer can be an imposing bottleneck in the development of any MEMS based product and time to market can be severely impacted if too much time is spent in tech transfer. When trying to get from lab to fab to high yield production, the moral of the story is that you can’t go it alone and that there are resources available to help you. Tech Transfer Wiki, which aims to be a “how to” of best practice and a “go to” resource for taking a MEMS device design including designs developed at a commercial fab, university, or start-up, to high-volume manufacturing using an external partner.

This one-hour session will be a “nuts and bolts” discussion of MEMS/sensors technology transfer, featuring industry experts who will share their knowledge on how best to shorten the time to market and speed time to commercialization. The panel discussion will focus on applied technology and the transfer process inside companies from research and development to production. The panelists will present thoughtful and honest advice on what students/academics/researchers need to know when embarking on technology transfer. The discussions will discuss challenges and opportunities and presenters will share best practices based on their experiences.

The panel’s Industry Experts include:

Mary Ann Maher, SoftMEMS
Mary Ann Maher is the CEO of SoftMEMS LLC. She received her PhD degree from Caltech in the area of semiconductor device modeling. She subsequently conducted post- doctoral studies at the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchatel, Switzerland and joined Tanner Research in 1992. She moved to MEMSCAP in 1999 as an Executive Vice President and became the company’s CTO in 2001. She founded SoftMEMS LLC in 2004 which provides computer aided design tools to enable the co-design of sensors, electronics and packaging.

Rob O’Reilly, MEMS Sensor and Technology Group, Analog Devices, Inc.
After 4 years as a US Navy flight engineer, Rob O’Reilly joined Raytheon Company and managed one of the largest Environmental test labs in the country specializing in shock and vibration input and analysis. Rob began his MEMS career with Analog Devices in 1991 first as a consultant, followed by joining the company in a full time capacity in 1995. While at Analog he has led the MEMS Advanced Test, Test, Trim and Probe, and Characterization groups. Today, he is driving the commercialization of MEMS systems in a wide variety of applications covering the medical, automotive and industrial markets. He holds several patents in MEMS test technologies for both accelerometer and gyro test platforms. In 2012, Rob was inducted into the MEMS Industry Group’s Hall of Fameand continues to serve on their Technical Advisory and Test Standard Subcommittees.

Eric Pabo, EV Group
Eric Pabo is the Business Development Manager for MEMS for EV Group, prior to this he was the Bonding Applications Engineer for EV Group in North America. He has been with EV Group for almost 10 years, has 32 years of experience in electronics manufacturing, with 16 years of experience in wafer bonding and wafer level packaging at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies and EV Group. Eric is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Colorado State University. Eric occupies any spare time he may have with his hobby of photography.

Jason Tauscher, Microvision
Jason directs development of MEMS scanning mirror solutions at Microvision. He utilizes his background in process development and integration in support of design and validation from prototype fabrication through foundry transfer. Jason’s personal focus in recent years has been on the challenges of technology transfer and execution of a volume solution with Microvision’s MEMS foundry partners as well as oversight of interactions with other Asian manufacturing partners in support of MEMS packaging and commercialization. With over 20 years of experience developing accelerometers and scanning mirrors, Jason has had the opportunity to work directly with a variety of MEMS suppliers at all stages of the tech transfer process from individual process transfer supporting prototyping at small volume through successful commercialization of production scale MEMS devices with multiple partners.


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