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Dr. Del Mank

Dr. Del Mank

Dr. Darrel A. (Del) Mank is a management consultant for technology firms and an Adjunct Professor in the Leavey School of Business of Santa Clara University. He has more than 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry; has extensive public and start-up company experience; and has held executive roles in engineering, marketing, operations, new product development, and general business management. Dr. Mank has also served as a public technology company Board Director and chaired the Board Audit committee. His company experience includes Tundra Semiconductor, Cadence, Cirrus Logic, VLSI Technology, and Texas Instruments.

Dr. Mank’s consulting focus has been on product strategy and technology company R&D spending effectiveness. He has developed a 2-Day MBA training course that is targeted at providing technology organizations with action oriented knowledge and tools for effective decision making. Dr. Mank also teaches an MBA level course titled “Innovation Strategy and Technology Management” at SCU.

Dr. Mank holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management, a MBA, and a BSEE. His Ph.D. dissertation, completed in 2002, was “ The Relationship Between R&D Spending and Shareholder Returns in High Technology Industries”

Ron Molnar

Mr. Ronald J. Molnar

Mr. Ronald J. Molnar is an industry veteran and has enjoyed a distinguished career in the fields of Optoelectronics, ASIC, Bipolar Logic & Memory, Contract IC Assembly, Package Design and Test, Equipment Automation, Sales Representation, and Consulting over the last 35 years. He’s held VP of Engineering positions with Amkor Technology, Abpac, and Tiros. He is currently Executive Director of Az Tech Direct, LLC. Mr. Molnar has traveled extensively and worked with numerous offshore IC assembly facilities and suppliers across Asia. He has been awarded 3 patents and has written many articles and technical papers. He is an active member of IEEE, IMAPS, SMTA, and MEPTEC industry groups. He received his BSEE from U.C. Berkeley in 1973.

Daryl Mullins

Mr. Daryl Mullins

Mr. Mullins is a Project Management Professional (PMP), internationally certified by the Project Management Institute ( He led the AMD engineering team that developed the first fully integrated single-chip modem. This product was one of more than 150 integrated circuit developments Mr. Mullins has led from concept to volume production. He has led 3 design departments for more than 15 years with 35 to 50 persons in each group. His expertise extends to many portions of the semiconductor industry including design, test, product engineering, reliability testing, process modeling, product feature trade-offs and customer interfaces.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. . His project management (PM) specialty is New Product Development from design to production. Currently he is providing product teams PM expertise and training in two technical areas – Integrated Circuits and electro-mechanical products which include mechanical assemblies, driven by printed-circuit-board based control and measurement systems. Such printed circuit systems are, in turn, configurable using firmware and down-loadable software.

Sylvie Mwila

Ms. Sylvie M. Mwila

Ms. Mwila received the BS degree in Production and Operations Management form the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg South Africa.

Sylvie is an accomplished, resourceful Business Analyst, Project and Execution Manager with 10+ years in high-tech (Discrete) and Process manufacturing environments. She has extensive expertise in full cycle ERP implementations and upgrades, with emphasis on Oracle Applications. Her business background was instrumental in enabling a smooth transition from Business to the Information side where she’s been successfully translating and reflecting business needs into Technology applications. Her ability to research, analyze and translate technical information facilitates communication between top-level management and end-users at all levels throughout the organization.

Examples of Sylvie’s capabilities are:

•Developed a 5-year IT strategy that ties to companies’ missions and goals while ensuring a flexible and scalable information platform infrastructure.

•Reduced user issues list from 50+ to a few, with near zero turnaround time.

•Implemented IT best practices (Help Desk Ticketing System) to increase the quality of IT services by better tracking issues and resolution of incidents, problems and change management.

Ron Gutmann

Dr. Ronald J. Gutmann

Dr. Gutmann began his distinguished career working on the development of microwave components for radar applications at Bell Labs, beam control techniques for phased arrays at Lockheed Electronics Company and developing novel semiconductor control devices at both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Rensselaer Research Corporation. He then joined the faculty at RPI, as Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department with teaching and research activities in the areas of semiconductor devices, microwave/RF circuit design and integrated circuit (IC) interconnect technology. He has published 350 refereed papers in journals and international conference digests, presented more than thirty invited talks at professional conferences, is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions in microwave semiconductor technology, and has coauthored three books on IC interconnect technology. His more recent research activities have been in three-dimensional (3D) IC platforms (process technology and circuit design), copper interconnect technology, thermophotovoltaic devices, silicon carbide (SiC) power devices and characterization of recombination processes in semiconductor materials.

Dr. Gutmann was a NASA-ASEE Fellow at the Johnson Space Center in 1977, a visiting Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs in 1979 and a Visiting Scientist at M/A-Com in 1985. He served as Program Director of the Solid State and Microstructures Engineering Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he chaired the Interagency Electronics Committee, administered small business innovative research (SBIR) programs in microelectronics, served on the Technical Activities Board (TAB) of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), and had administrative responsibility for the National Nanofabrication Facility. He served as Director of the RPI Center for Integrated Electronics, an interdisciplinary research center involving 50 faculty with programs in electronic materials, processing techniques, semiconductor devices, characterization techniques and IC design. He has also served on university advisory boards for SEMATECH and the SRC, and has received both the Rensselaer Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award (1990) and the Rensselaer William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award (2000).

His education includes a B.E.E. from RPI, M.E.E. from NYU and PhD from RPI. As Professor Emeritus, Dr. Gutmann is continuing research in redistribution layer bonding for 3D integration and design of high-performance 3D-enabled power delivery circuits and co-editing a book on 3D process technology.

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