Translarity is built on an innovative idea and the work of many people across multiple organizations. It is a simple idea that has been around for awhile, without anyone being able to capitalize on it due to the extremely technically challenging requirements. The central idea being that, for a large segment of the probe market, a more cost effective probe card can be built from existing technologies. The experienced and applied minds of Translarity employees, their supply chain partners and our customers crossed the first major milestone, in October of 2016. At that point, the cumulative effort of all teams combined helped Translarity achieve its first critical milestone by passing engineering qualification with two of our major customers.
This success has helped to provide all of us with a renewed commitment and level of effort to meet the increasing challenges that must be addressed to fulfill our customer requirements for production level performance of the Translarity Wafer Translator™. In addition, as we enter into our next challenging phase, it is this shared partnership approach between all of the different skills and organizations, both internal and external, which leverages the strength of each to drive development and continual improvement in performance. By doing so, it helps drive us to meeting our next goals. This has become one of the benchmark elements in our company’s capability and culture.
Laura Oliphant joined the Translarity team as CEO in November of 2016. She brings to the company a well-rounded background in both business and technical expertise in the semiconductor industry. Prior to joining Translarity, she was an Investment Director with Intel Capital, where she made and managed investments in the semiconductor capital equipment and materials areas. In 2006, Laura was given the prestigious Intel Achievement Award in recognition of strong strategic impact made by her in this role. Her exits, which currently are the backbone technology for several of the top semiconductor equipment suppliers, included ALIS, NaWoTec, Xradia, Molecular Imprints, Jordan Valley, Oasys Design Systems, Crossing Automation, Tevet, and Astria Semiconductor Holdings (MicroProbe). Her experience with Astria provided her with key segment insights and expertise for wafer test, which Translarity is able to leverage to continue to move the company forward.
In addition to supporting the development of the industry, Laura also helped to increase the level of knowledge and understanding within the local academic and federal R&D community to help build a stronger future for the industry. She was a part of the external review panel for Innovation Grants for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and in 2000, she was the industry co-chair for the SEMATECH Metrology and Yield Program Advisory Group. She represented Intel as a judge for the UC Berkeley LAUNCH business plan competition and gave numerous invited lectures at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Wharton, and elsewhere. She is currently a mentor for the UC Berkeley Skydeck incubator and a Board Advisor for AnDapt. Laura holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Just after joining Translarity, Laura ran and completed her first-ever Ironman Triathlon in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joining in August 2014, Mr. Lane is a Silicon Valley engineering veteran with over 25 years’ track record of innovation and leading fast-paced technology teams and programs in the semiconductor, solar, disk drive, and life sciences markets. Prior to Translarity, Chris held positions of Vice President of Engineering, Vice President of New Product Development and other senior roles among Applied Materials, Solyndra, Intevac, and A.S.C.O Delta. He has over 20 patents and was recognized with Engineering Innovation Award at Applied Materials for the development of the Producer™ tool, the 2nd most successful selling tool in the semiconductor industry. He holds a M.S. Engineering and M.B.A. from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Crossland joined Translarity in January, 2014, and brings over 15 years of experience within the semiconductor test equipment segment. He is skilled in applications integration, product development, reliability & failure analysis, and sales support. In his last role as Director of Product Engineering with FormFactor, a leading wafer probe solutions provider to the semiconductor market, he was responsible for the development and continuous improvement of a major product platform. Previous roles at FormFactor included: Applications Engineer and Quality Engineer with a focus on product reliability & failure analysis. He also served as an Applications Engineer at NanoNexus, a startup in the same segment of the business. Previously, he spent five years as an active-duty officer in the United States Army, assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Curt Ward joined Translarity in September, 2015, and brings over 25 years of experience in technology product development and introduction, covering software & hardware. This experience is coupled with strong business and technical skills in industrial engineering and manufacturing technology to leverage domestic and international supply chain partner’s expertise to accelerate time to market with repeatable quality and lower product costs. His experience covers high volume low mix and low volume high mix lines in flavors of high touch to highly automated lines. His career experience has been split between large multinational Fortune 100 companies and start-ups; Intel, Motorola, Raychem and later startup enterprises in medical device, semiconductor test equipment, flat panel display, optical switches and energy management. Prior to joining the Translarity team, he was V.P. of Manufacturing and Quality at Vigilent Corporation, a start-up focused on mission critical cooling optimization. In this role he quickly established a high quality, reliable, cost effective and continuously improving US-based supply chain across multiple product lines. Curt holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in International Business. He earned his electronics experience while he served his country in the US Marine Corps.
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