About Us

Founded in 2011, FemtoMetrix® is the world leader in optical Non-Visual Defect (NVD) metrology for surface, buried, and structural irregularities, delivering new capabilities with its patented Harmonic series optical technology.

With tool placements around the globe, FemtoMetrix® is ready to serve your needs.

Board of Directors

Dr. Israel Niv, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Israel Niv, also known as Nadler, Ph.D. served as the Chief Executive Officer of DCG Systems, Inc. Dr. Niv served as the Senior Vice President of Diagnostics and Characterization Group at Credence Systems Corp. since June 2004. Dr. Niv co-founded Beyondwork Inc in 1999 and serves as its the Chairman. Dr. Niv serves as an Advisor at several start-ups. Dr. Niv joined Credence Systems Corp. in January 2003 through the acquisition of Optonics, Inc. where he was a Co-Founder and the Chairman since 1998 and the Chief Executive Officer and the President since 2002. He served as President of DCG Systems, Inc. until March 2013. In late 2002, Dr. Niv was the President and the General Manager at the Diagnostics business Group (DCG). He served as Vice President at Applied Materials from 1996 to 1998, where he was responsible for the sales, marketing, and business development of the Process Diagnostic Group. Dr. Niv joined Applied Materials through the acquisition of Opal, Inc. He co-founded Opal Inc. in 1986 and served as its Vice President of Research and Development and later as its General Manager and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He was the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer at start-ups, a Founder and General Manager of a company he took public, and a Vice-President at a Fortune 200 company. Dr. Niv serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of Silicom Ventures LLC. From 1994, Dr. Niv served on Opal's Board of Directors and was part of a three man team that took Opal public in May 1995. He serves on the Board of PGSP and DCG Systems, Inc. Dr. Niv served on a Board of Jordan Valley semiconductors, Inc. He served as a Director of Optonics, Inc. From 1982 to 1985, he worked as a Weitzmann Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California. In 1992, Dr. Niv completed the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute for Management of High-Technology Companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics and a B.Sc. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Bersheva, Israel.

Dr. Dong-Su Kim, Samsung Ventures

Dr. Dong-Su Ktim, Ph.D., serves as Vice President of Investment, Manager and Director at Samsung Venture Investment Corp. Dr. Kim is responsible for investments in semiconductors, LEDs, storage, and materials. He covers semiconductors, displays, LEDs and "emerging" businesses, which includes bio and cleantech. He has over 20 years of investment, strategy, planning, and technology experience. He serves as Senior Director of Samsung Ventures America. Before joining Asia Evolution, he served as a Senior Manager in the Technology Strategy Office at Samsung Electronics, where he was responsible for strategic venture investments and technology alliances. He also worked in technology planning for Samsung's Telecom R&D center, responsible for discovering new research topics. He was a Technical Leader at Samsung Fiber Optics Business in charge of development of fiber optic components and also managed a technical sales team. Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, he served as a Director of Asia Evolution, an investment bank in Korea covering mid-market financing, private placement, and M&A. He is a Director at Astute Networks, Inc., SBA Materials Inc., Inpria Corporation, Panasas, Inc., Inpria, Astute, DCG Systems and D2S. He served on the board of Voltaix, IntegenX, and GCT Semiconductor. He served as Director of D2S, Inc. until September 8, 2016. Dr. Kim holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering, and a B.S. with Honors from the California Institute of Technology in Applied Physics.

Alon Raphael, President and CEO

Alon has had years of professional work in the technology and commercial real estate industries; inclusive of video games, internet infrastructure products and medical diagnostics. After working at DreamWorks Interactive and Load Media Networks, Alon co-founded Elumium Network Technologies, LLC a high technology Internet infrastructure firm operated under the brands AOL Optimized and NetZero Platinum, amongst others. Alon then co-founded Tamarisc Diagnostics, Inc., a nanobiotechnology-based medical diagnostics firm commercialized out of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His specific skills are in resource management and developing highly technical concepts from idea to market.

Tyler Rubin, CFO

While studying as an undergrad at Harvard, Tyler worked as a student researcher on the CDF experiment at the National FermiLab particle accelerator outside Chicago. After graduating cum laude with an A.B. in Physics, Tyler worked as an investor at an internal hedge fund for JPMorgan in New York, NY, specializing in technology and telecommunication equities and debt. Simultaneously he cofounded Tysam Networks with Sameer Parwani, and developed a social networking platform. With his partners, he launched college based social networking websites Funki.jp and iStudent.co.il in Japan and Israel respectively. Tysam Networks merged with EQAL in early 2008. EQAL was acquired by Everyday Health, Inc. (NYSE: EVDY) for $25m in 2012.

Dr. Tom Rolfes

Dr. Tom Rolfes is an early investor in FemtoMetrix as well as several successful startups such as Acorns (a leading fintech startup having raised $62 million) and Arges Imaging (spun out of Caltech, a leading dental imaging company acquired by Sirona Dental Systems).

Bruce Freyman, Observer

Mr. Bruce J. Freyman has been an Advisor at Skyworks Solutions Inc since February 2, 2017. Mr. Freyman served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Skyworks Solutions Inc from May 2014 to February 2, 2017 and served as its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations since November 2010 until May 2014. At Skyworks Solutions Inc., Mr. Freyman was responsible for its global supply chain management and manufacturing facilities, including its world-class assembly and test plant in Mexicali, Mexico and wafer fabrication sites in Newbury Park, Calif., and Woburn, Mass. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Amkor Technology Inc., since January 2004. Mr. Freyman served as an Executive Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Operations of Amkor Technology Inc., since January 2002. Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President, Mr. Freyman served in a number of positions at Amkor, including as Corporate Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Operations from March 2001 to January 2002, Corporate Vice President of Product Operations from September 1998 to March 2001 and Corporate Vice President of Laminate Products from January 1997 to September 1998. He served as a Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Skyworks Solutions Inc., since May 26, 2005 until November 2010. Before joining Amkor Technology Inc., Mr. Freyman spent 10 years with Motorola, managing their semiconductor packaging operations for portable communication products lastly serving as the Semiconductor Packaging Manager for Motorola's Communications Sector. Mr. Freyman holds an M.B.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Sung Sik Byun, Observer

Mr. Sung Sik Byun is a Senior Investment Manager at SVIC. He received his MBA from the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Mr. Byun has held a variety of product and strategic roles, including Principal Engineer and Corporate Strategy Group Lead at EXAX Co. Ltd.

Business Advisory Board

Magnus Ryde
President and CEO, TSMC Ltd., North America (NYSE: TSM) (Ret.)

Mr. Magnus Ryde is Partner and Principal of Ryde Invest AB of Sweden, Quan VC and Mars Capital Group LLC in the United States. He was an Investment Professional of Quan Management LLC. He joined Quan Ventures as an Advisor in 2003. His areas of investment focus are semiconductors and equipment, displays, and enabling materials. He served as Chief Executive Officer of DayStar Technologies, Inc. from February 15, 2010 to February 28, 2011. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Intematix Corporation. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at FlexICs Inc. until 2004 and was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's American subsidiary in charge of the North American market. Before that, he spent over 18 years at KLA-Tencor in San Jose, where he held several managerial positions. He joined KLA Instruments (now KLA-Tencor) after graduation as Production Control Manager. Mr. Ryde holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Linköping University of Sweden, and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1980 and an Executive M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1995.

Itzik Goldberger
VP of Marketing + GM, Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) (Ret.)

Mr. Itzik Goldberger has over 25 years of leadership experience in technology organizations. He served as VP of Marketing and General Manager at Applied Materials, KLA-Tencor, and Credence systems. Itzik was on the management teams of multiple successful start up companies. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Haifa Technion in Israel, and an MBA from Stanford, Graduate School of Business.

Robert Lee
Founding General Partner at KT Venture Group, KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) (Ret.)

Mr. Lee holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College. He served as Managing Director at CrossPath Group, a strategy consulting firm focused on startups. He was also Managing Director at Smart Solar International, a clean-tech startup. Before his startup leadership experience, Mr. Lee led worldwide business operations at Cymer, a semiconductor components company. Mr. Lee was the Founding General Partner at KT Venture Group, a broad based technology VC firm and the investment partner to KLA-Tencor Corporation. Prior to his venture capital career, Mr. Lee held various executive management positions including head of M&A business development and worldwide sales operations at KLA-Tencor, a semiconductor company.

Mark Gallagher
Partner, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear

Dr. Mark J. Gallagher specializes in patent prosecution in the areas of lasers and optics. Dr. Gallagher currently represents clients in a variety of optics technologies, including telecommunications, photolithography, optical instrumentation, and ophthalmic applications. Prior to joining the KMO&B, Dr. Gallagher performed patent prosecution in the areas of semiconductor technology and optics for Benman, Collins & Sawyer. Dr. Gallagher joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2005.

Franklin Monzon
Quality + Reliability Engineer, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) (Ret.)

Dr. Franklin Monzon specializes in business planning and development for new and turnaround ventures, with an emphasis in manufacturing optimization, semiconductor device processing and device development. He has deep expertise in Si, GaAs, InP, GaN, and SiC processing and is an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified ISO 9000 auditor. He has planned and implemented quality systems such as Statistical Process Control (SPC), root cause analysis, 8D, and defect reduction activities for various firms such as Intel Corporation and Global Communications Semiconductors, LLC. Dr. Monzon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Physics. He received the Ph.D. degree in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Monzon is a member of the IEEE and ASQ. He is a named inventor of five US patents on semiconductor processing and devices.

Narain Arora
Senior Vice President, SilTerra (Ret.)

Dr. Narain Arora has more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industries. His areas of expertise are device design system, product development and R&D. He started his career as Senior Scientific Officer at Solid State Physics, New Delhi, India in 1975. He then moved to the US to join Digital Equipment Corporation and became a Consulting Engineer and Senior Manager. He next was appointed as Chief Scientist at Simplex Solutions Inc and later became Vice President, Technology. At Simplex, he was instrumental in developing new products for IC chip design tools. His previous appointment was as Vice President, (R&D) at CADENCE Design Systems. Dr. Narain Arora was also the Chairman of Siprosys Inc. a company developing AFM based electrical system for process characterization in an IC manufacturing environment and SVP of SilTerra, a Malaysian foundry.

Joe Adam

Joe has a passion for building businesses based on disruptive technology. Over the last ten years he has lead both large public and small private organizations through commercialization and rapid growth. Joe was the COO/CEO of Thermal Technology an advanced materials company which was sold to GTAT (NASDAQ: GTAT) in 2013 and CEO of Triformix, an optical components company which was sold to Bio-Rad Labs (NASDAQ: BIO) in 2012. He has also held executive positions in technology development and operations in Statschippak (contract mfg), Wispry (MEMS), and Skyworks (NASDAQ: SWKS) (RF semiconductor).

Dave Licata

Dave Licata is currently Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Caltech where he facilitates the commercialization of technologies developed at Caltech and JPL through the creation of start-ups with student, staff and faculty. He has worked for, founded, and led start-ups for his entire career and brings experienced hands-on knowledge about how to create, run and sell technology based start-up companies. Prior to joining Caltech he successfully led a medical device start-up in dental imaging from initial team creation to acquisition by the market leader in under two years.

Les Nemethy

Mr. Nemethy has more than 20 years of experience in M&A, investment banking, Private Sector Development and law. As an Undersecretary of State for Hungary, Mr. Nemethy managed all transactions occurring in the Hungarian Privatization Agency. He was responsible for a staff of 150 and approximately $1 billion of annual privatization revenues. As a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist at the World Bank, Mr. Nemethy worked throughout the world developing privatization programs, reforming regulatory structures and attracting investment capital to sectors including heavy industry, mining, energy, telecommunications, transportation, and capital markets. In addition to his privatization experience, Mr. Nemethy also served as CEO of the second Hungarian telecom operator, Matel Ltd., which today is Invitel. In 1999 Mr. Nemethy founded Euro-Phoenix and has since managed transactions in nearly every Central and Eastern European country. Mr. Nemethy holds degrees in Law, Economics, Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration from leading universities in Canada.

Richard Hong

Mr. Hong has more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He began his career at Samsung Electronics as a photolithography process engineer and was promoted several times, eventually becoming manager of process engineering, SSI, America. He then joined KLA-Tencor, where he served in a number of positions, including senior director of strategic marketing, Viper Division and senior director of sales, Wafer metrology Group. He was later appointed vice president and general manager of KLA-Tencor's Samsung Business Unit-Korea, and became president of KLA-Tencor Korea in 2004.

In 2008, Hong received the prestigious Bob Graham Award from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in recognition of his pioneering work in introducing wafer metrology inline monitoring to semiconductor fabrication. Hong received his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Yonsei (Seoul, South Korea), an executive MBA from the Hass School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA in marketing from Golden Gate University (San Francisco, Calif.).

Scientific Advisory Board

Amr Haggag
Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE:FSL)

After serving as corporate quality distinguished technical staff at the #1 automotive and networking chip maker, Dr. Amr Haggag joined Apple's System-on-Chip (SoC) advanced technology staff as reliability directly responsible individual (DRI). He has ~15yrs semiconductor industry experience spanning technology to product to field quality and reliability management and improvements, supporting consumer, automotive and networking SoCs for handhelds, wearables, home theatre, engine management, ISO26262 safety, ADAS, enterprise switches/routers, data centers / cloud, trust security, base stations / cell towers and software defined networking/radio (SDN/SDR). He also served on the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) reliability committee as well as the management and technical committee of the IEEE premier conference on semiconductor reliability, IRPS. He has over 40 publications including several invited talks and tutorials in the semiconductor reliability field. He received his PhD degree in 2002, his MS degree in 1999 and his BS degree in 1996 all from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Stanley Osher

Dr. Osher is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Director of Special Projects in the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) and member of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. He received his B.S. from Brooklyn College in 1962, M.S. from New York University in 1964 and Ph.D. from New York University in 1966. Prof. Osher was the inventor or co-inventor and developer of many highly successful numerical methods for computational physics, image processing and other fields, including, Level set method (with Sethian) for capturing moving interfaces, which has been phenomenally successful as a key tool in PDE based image processing and computer vision, as well as applications in differential geometry, image segmentation, inverse problems, optimal design, Two-phase flow, crystal growth, deposition and etching. He has founded or co-founded three successful companies: Cognitech (with Rudin), Level Set Systems and Luminescent Technologies (with Yablonovitch). In 2014 Prof. Osher received the Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize, amongst the highest honors in Mathematics.

Sorin Cristoloveanu

Dr. Cristoloveanu received the PhD (1976) in Electronics and the French Doctorat ès-Sciences in physics (1981) from the National Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble (INPG), France. He joined the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and became a Senior Scientist in 1982 and a Director of Research in 1989. In 1989, he joined the University of Maryland, College Park, as an Associate Professor for one sabbatical year. He also worked at JPL (Pasadena), Motorola (Phoenix), and the Universities of Florida (Gainesville) and Nashville. From 1993 to 1999, he served as the director of the LPCS Laboratory of INPG. Between 1999-2000, he was in charge of the creation of the Center for Advanced Projects in Microelectronics (CPMA Grenoble). He is the author or co-author of more than 400 technical journal papers and communications at international conferences (including 80 invited contributions). He is the author or the editor of 13 books, and he has organized 9 international conferences. His expertise is in the area of the electrical characterization and modeling of semiconductor materials and devices, with special interest for silicon-on-insulator structures. With his students, he has received 5 Best Paper Awards, an Academy of Science Award (1995), and the Electronics Division Award of the Electrochemical Society (2002). He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, and Editor of Solid-State Electronics.

Henry van Driel

Dr. van Driel did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, where he continued as a graduate student, completing his Ph.D in condensed matter physics in 1975. After a period as NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Optical Science Center, University of Arizona, he began a faculty position at the University of Toronto in 1976. He became a full professor of physics in 1985, served as Associate Chair (Undergraduate) from 1994-97 and Chair of the Department from 2000-2004. He has been a visiting scientist at Harvard University, the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Sciences, the University of Amsterdam, IBM labs (Yorktown Heights), and NRC, Ottawa.

His research interests are in experimental nonlinear optics and ultrafast phenomena in semiconductors. He supervises a research group of graduate and undergraduate students, exchange students and postdocs. He is very interested in undergraduate teaching and currently offers the 1st year physics course in the Engineering Science program at U of T. Professor van Driel is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Canada. He was a Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters from 2001-2006 and has been Editor of the Journal of the Optical Society of America (B) since 2006.

Dr. van Driel has been a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists for over 30 years and was Chair of the Division of Optics in 1992-93 and Director of Academic Affairs/Chair of the CAP-NSERC Liaison Committee from 2000-2003. He was a member of the NSERC GSC for General Physics from 1989-93 and served as Chair in 1991-2. He has been on numerous advisory boards and conference committees in Canada and abroad, was General Chair of the International Quantum Electronics Conference (San Franciscio) in 2000 and Chair of the Canadian National IUPAP Liaison Committee from 1996-2002.

Michael Downer

Dr. Downer received the B.A. degree in Physics from University of Rochester in 1976, the M.A. degree in Physics and Philosophy from Oxford University in 1978 and the Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1983. Dr. Downer completed his postdoc at AT&T Bell Labs in 1985. He is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Physics, UT Austin. Dr. Downer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

Douglas Smith

Mr. Smith held an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license by age 16 and a General Class amateur radio license at age 12. He received a B.E.E.E. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969 and an M.S.E.E. degree from the California Institute of Technology in 1970. In 1970, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff. He retired in 1996 as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. From February 1996 to April 2000 he was Manager of EMC Development and Test at Auspex Systems in Santa Clara, CA. Mr. Smith currently is an independent consultant specializing in high frequency measurements, circuit/system design and verification, switching power supply noise and specifications, EMC, and immunity to transient noise. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a former member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors.

His technical interests include high frequency effects in electronic circuits, including topics such as Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electrical Fast Transients (EFT), and other forms of pulsed electromagnetic interference. He has been granted over 15 patents, several on measurement apparatus.

Mr. Smith holds the title of University of Oxford Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University in the UK. He has lectured at Oxford University, The University of California Santa Barbara, The University of California Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, AT&T Bell Labs, and internationally at many public and private seminars on high frequency measurements, circuit design, ESD, and EMC. He is author of the book High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits. His very popular website, http://emcesd.com (www.dsmith.org), draws many thousands of visitors each month to see over 250 technical articles as well as other features.

Michael L. Alles

Dr. Alles received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in 1997, 2000, and 2002, respectively. He is a Senior Research Engineer with the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, and Research Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He spent two years with Silvaco International, ten years with Ibis Technology Corporation, and one year with Harris Semiconductor. He has served on the SIA ITRS starting materials working group since 1999, chairing the 2001 SOI materials group. His background includes semiconductor technology, silicon and SOI wafer manufacturing and metrology, computer-aided design tools for semiconductor fabrication processes, devices and integrated circuit design, and expertise in simulation of radiation effects in semiconductor devices and circuits.

Ronald D. Schrimpf

Dr. Schrimpf received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1986. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona from 1986 to 1996. Dr. Schrimpf is Past Chairman of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Radiation Effects Steering Group.

Daniel M. Fleetwood

Dr. Fleetwood received the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 1984. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Physics, and Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He was a Member (1984-1990) and Distinguished Member (1990-1999) of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico. He is the author or coauthor of more than 275 papers on radiation effects on microelectronics, defects in microelectronic materials, and low-frequency noise. Dr. Fleetwood is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Norman H. Tolk

Dr. Tolk received the A.B. degree from Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, in 1960 and the Ph.D. degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1966. He is a Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Fisk University, Nashville, TN. He was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (1968-1984). He holds seven patents, is the author or coauthor of three edited books and more than 240 papers on nonlinear laser-surface and laser-interface interactions, ultra-fast vibrational and electronic processes at surfaces and interfaces, spin dynamics, desorption induced by electronic process, and atomic collision physics. Dr. Tolk is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award in 1987.