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Paul D. Steffen

Laboratory Manager

Paul joined Nanotech West in November 2001 with 18 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. As Laboratory Manager at Nanotech West, he is in charge of laboratory safety and orientation as well as in charge of several tools including the LP-CVD furnace stack and the Semitool Hydro3 advanced wafer cleaning tool. He also has overall daily responsibility for safety.

Paul started his career as a photolithography process engineer and then was a group leader at Intel Magnetics making magnetic bubble memory devices. He subsequently moved to a group in Intel manufacturing that tested, selected, and improved wafer fabrication tools. During that time Paul was a member of the Applied Materials 8310 etcher team and managed the Applied Materials 8310/8330 continuous improvement program that was focused on reliability enhancements to that tool set.

After moving to Columbus he joined startup TLA Technology (soon after acquired by Schlumberger) and worked on several product development teams that designed and produced automated electrical test and burn-in tools. As Product Manager he directed the deployment of advanced custom test tools to Intel, Delco, Motorola, and IBM. As an engineering project manager he continued to manage design of reliability enhancements and other upgrades for over 200 electrical test tools installed in industry.

Paul holds a B.A. degree in Physics from Oberlin College.