Amtech appoints new CTO, member of the board

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Expanding its global team of solar technology experts, Amtech Systems has appointed semiconductor and solar industry veterans Dr. James Hwang and Dr. SooKap Hahn as chief technology officer and member of the board, respectively.

Hwang enters his new role with more than 22 years of semiconductor and solar industry experience.  Hwang has previously served at Westinghouse R&D Centre, Texas Instruments, Simtek Corporation and Spansion, LG Semicon and Dongbu-Anam Semiconductor. He has also authored and co-authored more than 30 journal and conference papers related to semiconductor and solar cell technology. Hwang received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and has already served for two years on Amtech’s board of directors.

Having worked for over 30 years in the semiconductor industry, Hahn brings a significant amount of experience to Amtech’s board. Prior to running his own high technology consulting company in 1994, and the start-up company SKW Associates in 1997, Hahn worked for Siltec and LG Siltron. He gained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and in 1991 joined Stanford University’s faculty as a consulting professor. He was also a guest professor at Helsinki University in 1986 and at Universidade de Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1994 and 1995.

J.S. Whang, chairman and chief executive officer of Amtech said, “Dr. Hwang’s extensive technology experience has been a valuable asset to our board and will now be even more valuable as he assumes day-to-day responsibility for the key technology projects we are pursuing as we continue our efforts to expand and enhance our solar product offerings and become increasingly technology focused.”

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Hahn join our board and further strengthen our technology bench. His tremendous experience in the semiconductor industry, including R&D projects and materials expertise, will be a valuable asset to our board as we continue to pursue technology solutions for our solar customers. With these latest changes in our management and board, I believe we are well positioned to continue successful execution of our growth strategies,” concluded Whang.

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