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Engineer Engineering

O'Fallon, Missouri, 63366, United States
November 12, 2017

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Lara Short

** ****** **., *’Fallon, MO *****


High Energy Leadership Driving Productivity and Infrastructure

** ***** ************* ********** ************ in quality, process improvement and team management. High energy leader with exceptional ability to develop, train, and motivate winning teams. Outstanding interpersonal communication skills used to facilitate relationships with all levels of staff, senior management, customers and outside vendors.


Team Leadership

Lean Manufacturing

Quality Systems

Process Improvement

Project Management

Vendor Relations

ENGINEERING SHIFT MANAGER- Sunedison Semiconductor, St. Peters, MO 02/16-present

Manager responsible for a team consisting of up to 16 process technicians and 4 engineers.

Established relations with local colleges and technical institutes to recruit and fill vacant positions.

Created new shift engineering role to provide 24-hour engineering support across 4 shifts.

Developed training program for shift engineering role and improved training program for process technicians.

Managed daily activities and priorities for the group based on engineering, production and maintenance needs.

Led Kaizen activities to identify and reduce extraneous activities of process technicians which led to permanent fixes for historical issues and improved communication of roles and responsibilities of the group.

Laison between production, engineering and maintenance for communication and support.

Reduced material on hold from 34% to 4% of WIP through improved tracking, identification and follow up.

Supported production, engineering and maintenance activities driving yield from 46% to 92% and monthly volume from 42k to 78k.

Improved quality systems by providing alignment of wafer tracking system to ensure that responsibilities and permissions matched proper user groups.

Developed program to provide engineering workshop training to maintenance and process staff to increase base knowledge of tools and processes across fab.

oUnderstanding of process and tool fundamentals enabling technicians to provide better troubleshooting and reactions to upset situations which will lead to improved overall productivity of fab.

Led development of cross group communication system to improve quality of overall shift to shift pass-down.

PROCESS DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER– MEMC Electronic Materials, St. Peters, MO 04/11-02/16

Joint applicant on patent for surfactant based methods for cleaning semiconductor substrates, Pub No. US 2015/0357180 A1 pub. Date: Dec 10, 2015

Reduced critical bottleneck through tool additions and process optimization to add additional 400 wph capacity by specifying and qualifying 2 wet benches.

Responsible for 9 wet bench batch wafer cleaners primarily focusing on Akrion 200mm technology utilizing variations of standard RCA cleaning technology.

Lead new process start up allowing for internal reclaim of used wafers.

Developed and Implemented process improvements for particle and metals reduction to include introduction of surfactant in HF based wafer cleaning processes and metals reduction in SC1 cleaning processes.

Developed and Implemented process changes to increase capacity by reducing single tool processes.

Improved process capability and efficiency through improved recipe control and equipment qualifications to increase capacity by approximately 75 wph across 4 clean benches.

Developed improved data review methods to enable more efficient troubleshooting efforts. Provided this to tool manufacturer for use by their engineering staff.

QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER – Laird Technologies, Earth City, MO 05/02 – 02/04

Managed 2 quality technicians and 1 quality engineer

Responsible for complete ISO9001 system for HVM gasket production facility

Completed full system upgrade from ISO9001:1994 to 9001:2000 in 9 months with no major nonconformances.

Lead auditor responsible for coordinating and conducting audits throughout facility

oIdentified and trained internal auditors to support new ISO system.

Developed and maintained facility-wide document control system.

Primary interface for all quality related inquiries

Utilized formal CAR system for internal and external complaints

Communicated with and involved all departments to create and drive improvement plans

Maintained control/calibration of over 150 measurement tools

Provided direct support on development and release of new products

PROCESS ENGINEER – NEC Electronics, Roseville, CA 06/00 –1/02

In-line monitor engineer responsible for ensuring quality processing of memory and logic products

Established routine inspections at all mask steps

Defined and established inspection specifications to monitor and contain process excursions

Created non-routine inspections to support process improvement tests and excursion investigations for all fab processing areas

Designed and completed in-process experiments to support product engineering quality investigations

Responsible for operation of current process equipment and evaluation of new process equipment for 300mm ramp up

Trained engineering, technical support and operations personnel

PROCESS ENGINEER - MEMC Electronic Materials, St. Peters, MO 01/98 – 06/00

Technical leader of four crystal pulling processes with sustaining and process improvement responsibilities

Reduced cost of key raw materials 57% by expanding usage capabilities and establishing systems to recondition critical components

Improved crystal yields 13% by reducing process variability, establishing more rigid procedures and implementing results from various yield improvement projects resulting in $175,000 annual savings

Increased technician productivity through automation projects such as modular pump down and recipe improvements

Assisted in the transfer, qualification and manufacturing development of four new technology processes including MDZ, Perfect Si, 300mm and continuous pull

Ensured product flow through continued communications with scheduling departments and other plant sites

Implemented statistical methods to ensure product quality and maintain top ratings with key customers

Worked to improve raw material quality and cost by actively participating on a worldwide crucible commodity team

Trained engineering and operations personnel from the area as well as from other plant sites

Maintained capability and performance studies and reported to various levels of management

Ensured process documentation and performance exceeded quality and safety requirements for ISO9002, ISO14001 and QS9000 qualifications

Education and Training


Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Cycle Time Improvement

Statistical Process Control

Design of Experiments

Lead Auditor Certification- ISO

Internal Auditor Certification-IATF

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