PhD-EE (UCLA), CEO/Founder
Bulent is a technologist and entrepreneur who participated in several hi-tech start-ups (ISET, NuTool, SoloPower) as founder/VP/CTO for over 30 years. These projects attracted >$200 million in strategic/VC and >$20 million in government funding and resulted in successful M&A events. His expertise includes thin film devices, specifically solar cells, electronic materials, semiconductor processing and device physics. Bulent has over 167 issued US patents and over 100 publications on semiconductor devices, thin film processes and semiconductor processing tools.
Abhijeet (AJ) Joshi
PhD-EE (UCLA), CTO/Founder
AJ developed many aspects of the ALPro system/technology and worked with Simon Prussin (the inventor of the continuous anodic oxidation technique for differential Hall measurements). AJ’s expertise includes system integration, semiconductor processing, device physics, robotics and laser devices. He has over 30 publications, mostly on semiconductor characterization approaches. AJ’s previous start-up, TheiaScientific Corp., developed micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based equipment for materials characterization and high-energy light-sources. He has 6 patent applications.
Jalal (Jay) Ashjaee
PhD–ME (Stanford), VP of Engineering
Jay is a solution-driven leader with 25 years in executive management positions in engineering and product development in the field of semiconductors. He has been a Vice President at Solexel, SoloPower, ASM/NuTool and Lam Research, and a Director at SVG. He developed semiconductor equipment for various applications (deposition, photoresist, etching, polishing) throughout his career. He has over 25 issued US patents and several publications on semiconductor tool design.
MBA (Santa Clara), CFO
Michael holds a tenured faculty position at DeAnza College in Accounting and Business and is a Principal of Gough and Associates, a firm that provides CFO services to startup companies. In the past, he was CFO of NuTool Inc and Invest in Yourself, LLC, and worked in high technology in finance and contracts and has participated in successful mergers and an IPO. He holds a CPA license; is a board member of a public company and sits on the audit committee.
Board of Directors
Abhijeet (AJ) Joshi
Al is an attorney with 30 years of experience in managing and litigating complex legal matters in business and other areas. He received his law degree as well as a Master of Public Policy and a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley. He presently leads the Boro Law Firm in San Francisco. His prior positions include Sr. VP/General Counsel/Board Secretary at SoloPower, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, and law clerk to the US Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. He is a past Chair of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California State Bar and a member of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association and the Legal Ethics Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Board of Advisors
Daniel is a co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, the industry’s first incubator for semiconductor solutions startups. Silicon Catalyst is addressing the challenges faced by early stage start-ups progressing from concept to prototype by providing funding, mentoring and technical services from industry stakeholders. Silicon Catalyst’s initial location is in Silicon Valley and expects to collaborate with regional partners to support innovative semiconductor startups globally. Daniel served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SEMATECH for five years with responsibility for the consortium’s advanced technology R&D and manufacturing collaboration programs. SEMATECH’s members included the leading semiconductor manufacturer’s including Intel, TSMC, Samsung and Globalfoundries along with over 70 equipment and materials companies. Armbrust previously held various technical, management and executive positions for over 25 years at IBM, culminating in his tenure as Vice President of 300mm Semiconductor Operations.
PhD-EE (Yale), MBA (Berkeley)
Izak is a consultant and entrepreneur with over 25 years of electronics industry experience. He serves on the boards of several companies, some public. Previous positions include CEO at Deeya Energy and Executive VP at Fairchild Semiconductor where he grew the business of the power devices group to over $900M/yr. He has 22 issued US patents.
John O. Borland
John is President of J.O.B. Technologies a strategic technical marketing consulting company providing service to the semiconductor industry. He was Director of Operations at Advanced Integrated Photonics responsible for process/device improvements. As the Director of Advanced Business Development at Varian he pioneered beam-line and plasma ultra-shallow junction formation processes. At Genus he was Vice President of Strategic Technology, developing high energy implantation for CMOS applications. At Applied Materials he developed CMOS single wafer epi, selective epi and poly/amorphous deposition techniques and equipment designs. At National Semiconductor he developed CMOS bulk and epi intrinsic gettering and latch-up immunity techniques. John published over 145 papers and has 6 patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Hawaii section chair and the chair of the Hawaii Electron Device Society. He is also on the advisory committee for the IEEE International Workshop on Junction Technology and a member of the Electrochemical Society. He co-organized several ECS technical conferences/symposiums.
Ali is a technology visionary and a leader who has been at the forefront of technology innovation with a track record of delivering critical process technologies, devices, circuits, SoCs, and modules to the semiconductor industry. Most recently Ali was the Vice President of R&D and a Fellow at Cypress Semiconductor. He has had various senior R&D roles at Intel, TSMC, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. He is the founder of Leading Edge Research LLC. He has over 60 U.S. patents, over 70 publications, has received best-paper and best-panel awards at ISSCC, most paper citation awards from DAC and IEDM. He has served in TPC of IEDM and ISSCC and has been the general chair of ISLPED. He received the prestigious Intel Achievement Award. Ali was awarded a distinguished Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer of Purdue University.
Mehrdad is the founder/CTO/CSO at Beamreach Solar (>$250M capital raised). His expertise is in manufacturing semiconductor devices and tools. Previously held positions include those at ITRC, Honeywell/Synertek, GE/Intersil, Xerox PARC, Texas Instruments, CVC and Veeco. He co-led/enabled several liquidity events (IPO, M&A) in companies that he participated in during the last 30+ years. He has over 250 issued patents.
Oscar has been a professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering department since 1967. He consulted for many companies including Hughes Research, Nortec, Bendix, Litton, Airtron and Phraxos. He holds several patents, and has published over 350 papers in the areas of laser materials, epi-growth, high-temperature devices, and crystal growth, among others.