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Advisory Engineer- Semiconductor Materials and Process Technology Research
Albany, NY


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I am a researcher in the Semiconductor Materials and Process Technology Research group at IBM Research in Albany, NY. My work concentrates on Middle-of-the-Line (MOL) material development relevant to next generation silicide contacts and metal interconnects. Additionally, I've collaborated with teams [under the direction of Christian Lavoie] in Yorktown Heights to characterize MOL-relevant films via temperature-dependent XRD and pole figure characterization using synchrotron X-Ray facilities in Cornell (CHESS) and Saskatoon, Canada (CLS).


I received my PhD in Physics from CU Boulder concentrating on ultrafast material science, using table-top generated femtosecond EUV pulses to study electron dynamics in metals, phase change materials, and graphene. Using a similar technique, I investigated band bending in III-V-containing Metal/Insulator/Semiconductor stacks under an internship at Thomas J Watson's Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Before graduate school, I investigated laser damage and modeling damage site growth due to nanosecond pulses at the National Ignition Facility, the world's largest laser at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. I recieved my B.S. in Physics in 2007 from the University of Arizona and am always on the look out for a clear-sky night.