The Intermolecular Team
Intermolecular’s team has a wide range of interdisciplinary technical, operational, business and management experience. This expertise is complemented by a world-class Board of Directors with a valuable diversity of technology and business executive management experience. Our distinguished Technical Advisory Board also shares our commitment to redefining R&D for the semiconductor and clean energy sectors.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lazovsky is the founder, president and CEO of Intermolecular. He previously held several senior management positions at Applied Materials Inc., and was responsible for managing more than $1 billion in Applied Materials' semiconductor manufacturing equipment business. As director of product development and business management organizations in the thin films group, he worked closely with leading IC manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technology solutions. Mr. Lazovsky also served as director of business management for Europe and as technology program manager for Applied Materials' flagship 300mm metallization platform. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio University, and holds 16 pending or issued U.S. patents.
Tony Chiang, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Chiang joined Intermolecular in May 2005 and is responsible for the Company’s technology strategy and direction, HPC development platforms, and core technology and applications development. Prior to joining Intermolecular, Dr. Chiang was the founder and president of Angstron Systems Inc., a venture-backed ALD start-up company that was acquired by Novellus Systems Inc. in April 2004. Prior to founding Angstron in 2000, Dr. Chiang worked in technology development, program, and account management roles at Applied Materials where he led the development, productization, and qualification of several generations of enabling thin film deposition technologies used in high-volume manufacturing. Dr. Chiang holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT. He holds >175 issued or pending U.S. patents spanning advanced materials, process, device and device integrationtechnologies, and combinatorial systems and methods.
C. Richard (Rick) Neely, Jr
Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Neely joined Intermolecular in October 2013. He has more than 30 years of financial and operations management experience in semiconductor and related industries, as well as start-up and young company environments. Before IMI, he was the chief financial officer of Tessera Technology (TSRA), a publicly held semiconductor intellectual property provider. Prior to working at Tessera, he was the CFO and VP of Supply Chain at Livescribe, a private company that developed an innovative digital writing platform. He was also the chief financial officer at Monolithic Power Systems (MPWR), one of the fastest growing analog power management semiconductor companies. He has also served as the chief financial officer of NuCORE Technology and other companies, while spending time earlier in his career at Synopsys (SNPS) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in a variety of senior financial management positions worldwide, including overseas assignments in The Philippines, Singapore and Switzerland. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Whitman College. Mr. Neely served on the board of Aviza Technology, (AVZA) a semiconductor capital equipment supplier, from 2007 to 2009 as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Raj Jammy, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President & GM, Semiconductor Group
Dr. Jammy, who joined Intermolecular in March 2013, is a renowned semiconductor manufacturing expert with deep perspective on technology development. Prior to joining Intermolecular, Dr. Jammy was the vice president of Materials and Emerging Technologies at SEMATECH where he was responsible for leading the consortium's efforts in front-end CMOS logic, novel memory technologies, 3D TSV interconnects and emerging beyond-CMOS technologies with disruptive scaling potential. Prior to this position, Dr. Jammy served as director of SEMATECH's Front End Processes division as an assignee from IBM. Dr. Jammy began his career in the industry at IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center in East Fishkill, NY, where he worked on front-end technologies for deep-trench DRAMs. He subsequently became manager of the Thermal Processes and Surface Preparation group in the DRAM development organization. In 2002, he moved to T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY to manage IBM’s efforts in high-k gate dielectrics and metal gates. Dr. Jammy received a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. He holds more than 50 patents and is an author/co-author of over 225 publications/presentations.
Sandeep Jaggi, J.D., Ph.D.
General Counsel & Sr. Vice President of Intellectual Property
Mr. Jaggi joined Intermolecular in July, 2010. Prior to joining the company, he was general counsel and senior vice president of Intellectual Property at Robert Bosch Healthcare Inc. (formerly known as Health Hero Network Inc.) for 5 years. Prior to that he was at LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) for 11 years, where he held several positions including vice president, chief IP counsel, assistant corporate secretary and assistant general counsel. Prior to that, he worked for Lockheed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston for 6 years, where he held several positions including project leader, principal engineer and senior scientist. During his time at Houston he founded ETS Inc., which commercialized space based-technologies for NASA and the U.S. Navy. He obtained a J.D. with specialization in Intellectual Property law from Santa Clara University, and also holds a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University, New Orleans. He holds 12 U.S. patents, and is licensed to practice law in the state of California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Sandeep Nijhawan, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President & GM, Clean Energy Group
Dr. Nijhawan, who joined Intermolecular in May 2011, brings more than 15 years of leadership and expertise in semiconductor devices and thin film manufacturing. Prior to joining Intermolecular, Dr. Nijhawan was the founder and CEO of Siorah Inc., a venture-capital backed LED Startup Company that was acquired by Intermolecular in May 2011. Prior to Siorah, Dr. Nijhawan was at Redpoint Ventures as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and at Applied Materials Inc., where he led the company’s LED lighting business from its incubation as the group’s General Manager and product-line head. Dr. Nijhawan’s previous senior roles at Applied Materials included business development, product management, and technology development in frontend semiconductor manufacturing. As the product manager in the frontend group at Applied Materials, Dr. Nijhawan was instrumental in qualifying DPN Gate Stack for leading customers and increasing the market share to number one position. Dr. Nijhawan earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in engineering from the University of Minnesota, MBA from the International Institute of ManagementDevelopment (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland and B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. He holds over forty issued or pending US patents.
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources
Tom Blanco joined Intermolecular in July 2013 with more than 35 years of domestic and international experience in human resources and administration. Most recently, he was the Chief People Officer at Progress Financial. Mr. Blanco previously worked at Tessera Technologies where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for HR, IT and Facilities. Prior to joining Tessera he served in a variety of senior management roles including Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at Cloudmark, Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at Liquid Audio and spent 14 years at Bank of America where he was Senior Vice President and held multiple HR positions. Mr. Blanco holds a B.A. in Spanish/English Literature, and has completed coursework for his MA, both from Queens College of City University of New York.
Chi I Lang, Ph.D.
Vice President, HPC/Module Technology
Dr. Lang, who joined Intermolecular in June of 2006, has more than 20 years of semiconductor industry experience. He is responsible for the company's Workflow Application and Technology group. Prior to joining Intermolecular, Dr. Lang worked for Novellus Systems Inc, where he was responsible for technology development in the Gap Fill business units. This included oversight of the extension of HDP technology to the 45nm technology node, as well as developing the disruptive STI technology for advanced technology nodes. Prior to that, Dr. Lang worked in technology and program management roles at Applied Materials. His responsibilities included the development and introduction of the production-oriented Black Diamond low-k dielectric product. Dr. Lang received his Ph.D. in polymer engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds over 49 granted patents.
Dipu Pramanik, Ph.D.
Vice President and Fellow, Core Technology
Dr. Pramanik joined Intermolecular in October 2010 and is responsible for developing the company’s materials and device knowledge infrastructure. He has over 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry, with focus on developing and deploying technology into high-volume manufacturing. Prior to joining Intermolecular, he was vice president of the DFM businesses at Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys. Previously, he led the development of several generations of technology at VLSI Technology, covering all aspects of process, packaging and design. He has been awarded more than 45 patents and has more than 100 publications. Dr. Pramanik received his Ph.D. in physics/materials science from Cornell University, and has taught at UC Berkeley and Oxford University.
Vice President, Clean Energy Programs
Mr. Le joined Intermolecular in 2010 and has 20 years of thin film coating development and manufacturing experience. He is responsible for core CDP execution, account management and expansion in the Clean Energy Group. Prior to joining Intermolecular, Mr. Le worked at Applied Materials where he led the team that developed the metal contact process for amorphous thin film silicon solar technology. He was also responsible for the development of the metal process for thin film transistor (TFT) on Gen. 5 and Gen. 7 tools and for bringing the Applied PVD CleanW™ product from lab to commercialization in less than 2 years. Prior to that, Mr. Le worked at IBM Research Center where his responsibilities included the development and introduction of the HGA process for hard-drive applications. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Chemical Engineer from San Jose State University and University of California, Berkeley respectively. Mr. Le holds more than 80 issued and pending US patents.
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller
Mr. Birnbaum joined Intermolecular in 2011 and brings more than 16 years of experience in finance, and serves as vice president of finance and corporate controller. Most recently, Mr. Birnbaum was the corporate controller at Better Place, Inc. from 2010 to 2011, and BigBand Networks, Inc. from 2006 to 2010. Prior to this he was the controller at Cellon International from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Birnbaum began his career with KPMG LLP, where he earned his license as a certified public accountant. Mr. Birnbaum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Accounting from California State University, Fresno.
Vice President, Global Sales
Russell Kempt joined Intermolecular in November of 2007 and has been involved in the management of worldwide sales activities since joining the company. Prior to Intermolecular, Russell spent 6 years at PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) where he spearheaded new business development for accelerated yield ramp services and technology infrastructure licensing which culminated in obtaining royalty-bearing engagements with leading global semiconductor manufacturers. Russell brings nearly 20 years of high technology sales experience and began his career selling Electronic Design Automation software. He holds a MBA from The University of Texas and undergraduate degrees from The University of Nebraska.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Baruch founded CMEA Capital in 1989 as an affiliated fund of New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Before starting CMEA Capital, he was a founder and CEO of Microwave Technology, a manufacturer of gallium arsenide integrated circuits. Prior to that, he managed a dedicated venture fund at Exxon and was president of the Exxon Materials Division. Mr. Baruch holds an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a J.D. degree from Capital University. At CMEA Capital, he was one of the original investors in Aclara Biosciences (which merged with Monogram Biosciences - NASDAQ: MRGM), Flextronics (FLEX), Netro (NTRO), Silicon Spice (acquired by BRCM), and Symyx Technologies (SMMX). In addition to chairing Intermolecular's board, he serves as chairman of CMEA's materials and energy companies including Codexis, Inc., Cnano Technologies and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Mr. Baruch also serves on the boards of Entropic Communications (ENTR), and Foro Energy. An area of special interest to Mr. Baruch is combinatorial synthesis, an innovative process for developing chemical compounds. Mr. Baruch has pioneered CMEA's investments in companies that apply combinatorial synthesis, which include Codexis, Draths, Intermolecular, Symyx, Syryx and Wildcat Discovery Technologies. Mr. Baruch is a registered patent attorney and a trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and also serves as a board member of the Energy, Security, Innovation and Sustainability (ESIS) Initiative Steering Committee of the Council on Competitiveness.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Lazovsky is the founder, president and CEO of Intermolecular. He previously held several senior management positions at Applied Materials Inc., and was responsible for managing more than $1 billion in Applied's semiconductor manufacturing equipment business. As director of product development and business management organizations in the thin films group, he worked closely with leading IC manufacturers to develop cutting-edge technology solutions. Mr. Lazovsky also served as director of business management for Europe and as technology program manager for Applied Materials' flagship 300mm metallization platform. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio University, and holds 16 pending or issued U.S. patents.
Mr. Federman has been a general partner at U.S. Venture Partners since 1990. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Monolithic Memories (MMI). After guiding the company from virtual bankruptcy to $250 million in revenues, he led MMI through its merger with AMD and became vice chairman of AMD. He served two terms as chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), and has also served on the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association, as well as on the Dean's Advisory Board of Santa Clara University. He has received the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award, and the Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Community and Justice. Mr. Federman received a B.S. in economics from Brooklyn College, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in engineering science from Santa Clara University.
Marvin D. Burkett
A 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Mr. Burkett joined our board of directors in 2011. Previously, he served as senior advisor to NVIDIA Inc., where he was CFO for seven years. Before that, Mr. Burkett served as the chief financial officer of Arcot Systems Inc. Mr. Burkett also served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer of Packard Bell NEC from 1998 to 1999. Previously, he spent 26 years at AMD in a variety of positions, including CFO, senior vice president, chief administrative officer, and corporate controller. Mr. Burkett also worked in the Semiconductor Division of Raytheon Company. In addition, Mr. Burkett has served as a member of the board of directors and the chair for the audit committee of the board of directors for Audience Inc., G2 Holdings Corporation, NetLogic Microsystems Inc., and Entegris, Inc. At Audience and Entegris, Mr. Burkett is also a member of the compensation committee. Mr. Burkett holds a master’s in business administration and a B.S. in applied mathematics and business administration, both from the University of Arizona.
Bruce McWilliams, Ph.D.
Dr. McWilliams is CEO of SuVolta, Inc., a developer of low-power, high-performance integrated circuit technology. Dr. McWilliams also serves as a director of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA) and was its CEO from 1999 to 2008. His management experience includes a senior vice president role at Flextronics International, a position he assumed upon Flextronics' acquisition of nCHIP, Inc., a multi-chip module packaging company he co-founded and led as CEO. McWilliams also founded and was CEO of S-Vision, a silicon chip-based display company. He is a director of NemoTEK, a mobile phone camera manufacturing company, a trustee of Carnegie-Mellon University, and also is a member of its advisory boards for Physics and Human and Computer Interaction. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Scalise is past president of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), an association of semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. He came to SIA from Apple Computer, Inc., where he served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, and has also held executive management positions at National Semiconductor, Maxtor Corporation, Advanced Micro Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor and Motorola Semiconductor. Mr. Scalise was Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and also served on President George W. Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is currently on the corporate boards of ATMI, Cadence Design Systems, Intermolecular, and MindTree. He served on the California Council on Science and Technology and was a member of the Joint High-Level Advisory Panel of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission, and chaired the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board at the US Department of Energy. Mr. Scalise holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
John Walecka is a Partner of Redpoint Ventures and is passionate about companies with disruptive products and innovative business models. John is very active in Redpoint's investment efforts around companies using big data insights to create new business applications, as well as innovative technologies for building cloud infrastructure and services. He is on the boards of the following companies: Quantifind (social media predictive analytics platform), Datameer (big data BI tools around Hadoop), Lastline Security (cloud based malware products), Moogsoft (big data applications applied to agile service management), InterMolecular (data driven combinatorial materials discovery platform) and Avnera (cool audio products). John received a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Yoshio Nishi, Ph.D.
Yoshio Nishi has been professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University since 2002, and serves as director of research at The Center for Integrated Systems and director of Stanford Site at NNIN. With a Ph.D. in electronics engineering from the University of Tokyo, Dr. Nishi has worked at the senior level with Toshiba R&D for VLSI memory technology and Si-SiO2 interface physics, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories ULSI Research Lab, and Texas Instruments, Inc. R&D. He has contributed to more than 250 publications, co-authored/edited 11 books, and been responsible for over 70 Japan and U.S. patents. A fellow of IEEE, a member of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, and The Electrochemical Society, he has received numerous awards over the past 15 years.
J. George Shanthikumar, Ph.D.
Dr. Shanthikumar is professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the University of California, Berkeley. He has authored or coauthored more than 250 papers and has coauthored three books, “Stochastic Models of Manufacturing Systems,” “Stochastic Orders And Their Applications” and “Stochastic Orders.” He is a co-editor of Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, and has served on numerous technical journal editorial boards. As a consultant for KLA-Tencor Corp., he worked on joint development projects with AMD, IBM, Intel, LSI, Motorola, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Fujitsu, TSMC and UMC. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Sri Lanka, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto.
Anthony J. Tether, Ph.D.
Dr. Tether was director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2001 to 2009. Prior to this, Dr. Tether founded The Sequoia Group and served as its CEO and president; he also served as CEO of Dynamics Technology Inc., and in top-level management roles at Science Applications International Corporation and Ford Aerospace Corp. He has also held positions in the Department of Defense, serving as Director of DARPA's Strategic Technology Office, and as the Director of National Intelligence in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Dr. Tether has served on Army, Navy and Defense Science Boards, and on the Office of National Drug Control Policy Research and Development Committee. He is a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Tether received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his M. S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Craig Hawker, Ph.D.
Dr. Hawker is director of the Materials Research Laboratory and professor of Materials, Chemistry and Biochemisty at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the university, he was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose. Dr. Hawker is editor of the Journal of Polymer Science-Polymer Chemistry, and is adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland. He serves on the scientific advisory boards of Relypsa, Inc., and Warwick Effect Polymers Ltd. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably election to the Royal Society, the 2010 MacroUK Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the 2008 DSM International Performance Materials Award. Dr. Hawker's research has focused on the interface between organic and polymer chemistry, with emphasis on the design, synthesis and application of well-defined macromolecular structures in biotechnology, microelectronics, and surface science.
Ralph Nuzzo, Ph.D.
Dr. Nuzzo, a recognized leader in the chemistry of materials, is director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and the Center for Microanalysis of Materials at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as the William H. and Janet Lycan Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering at the university. Dr. Nuzzo received his B.S. in chemistry from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT. After completing his graduate studies he was a distinguished member of the technical staff in materials research at Bell Laboratories.
Henry Weinberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Weinberg is an award-winning scientist and advisor to start-ups and venture firms in the chemical space. He currently serves as general editor of the prestigious review journal Surface Science Reports. Previously, he was chief technical officer at Draths Corporation and chief technology officer at Symyx (and their 2nd employee). For more than 24 years, he was on the faculty of both the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Weinberg was also principal investigator in the US-USSR Exchange Program in Chemical Catalysis between 1974 and 1980, and has served on many review panels for industrial, academic, and governmental organizations. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Georges Belfort, Ph.D.
Dr. Belfort is the Russell Sage Endowed Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he spent four years on the faculty of the School of Applied Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Belfort received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He has won several major awards in separation science, and has made important contributions to the field of surface and interfacial science. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.
James Engstrom, Ph.D.
Dr. Engstrom is currently the BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. Since 2002 he has also been a member of the Graduate Field of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Prof. Engstrom is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 1991 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellowship in 1995, and two College of Engineering Teaching Awards. In 2005 he was made a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. From 1998 to 2001, he worked for Symyx Technologies, where he was vice president of high-throughput screening and electronic materials. Presently, Dr. Engstrom's research is focused on inorganic-organic interfaces, and organic thin-film electronics. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Krishna Saraswat, Ph.D.
Krishna Saraswat is Rickey/Nielsen Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests are in new and innovative materials, structures, and process technology of silicon, germanium and III-V devices and interconnects for VLSI, nanoelectronics and solar cells. He has graduated more than 75 doctoral students and has authored or co-authored over 700 technical papers. A Life Fellow of the IEEE, he has received numerous awards, including the Thomas Callinan Award from The Electrochemical Society in 2000, IEEE Andrew Grove Award in 2004 and the researcher of the year from SIA in 2012. He is listed by ISI as one of Highly Cited Authors in his field. He serves on the boards of several companies. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Sayeef Salahuddin, Ph.D.
Sayeef Salahuddin is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, where he joined after receiving a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University. His group has done extensive work in energy efficient electronic devices focusing on logic and memory applications, combining research of new materials and device design with rigorous and atomistic modeling. He received the Kintarul Haque Gold Medal from BUET in 2003, a MARCO/FCRP Inventor Recognition Award in 2007, a UC Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship in 2009, a Hellman Faculty Fellowship in 2010, a DOE NISE award in 2010, the NSF CAREER award in 2011, the IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award in 2012 and AFOSR Young Investigator Award in 2013.