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Engineer Manager

San Jose, California, 95118, United States
December 11, 2018

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Min Yang 415-***-****

San Francisco, CA

Engineering Director

Result-oriented strategic technical leader with extensive experience in new product development and quality management. Successful track record of developing complex and reliable products, resolving critical issues, creating new process control, analytical techniques and test methods, and building high performance and cohesive engineering teams with diverse technical expertise. ACCOMBLISHMENT HIGHLIGHTS

● Established a world class material science and failure analysis laboratory that became a showcase helped company gain new business. Recruited and developed 20-30 talented Ph.D. scientists and engineers with diverse technical expertise. Acquired over $5M analytical and testing equipment. Maintained highly efficient and effective laboratory in a fast-paced environment with near-zero turn-over rate.

● Spearheaded cross functional defect management team, developed and implemented defect detection and management methodologies, determined the criteria for the defects to be managed by component screening and drive firmware, balanced between yield loss and field exposure.

● Designed accelerated tests addressing unique challenges in specific markets. Developed new tests to capture quality issues before the shipment of the products.

● Resolved ceramic material production issues and reduced scrap cost by $200k/year. Established SPC quality management system for manufacturing process.

● Developed new applications for universal mechanical testers and optical metrology tools in automobile and semiconductor industries. Launched a nano-indentation product for mechanical property measurements. Built collaborative relationships with key customers.

• Proactively checked for potential problems during the transit of a vendor acquisition. Identified the root cause of a process control issue in the manufacturing process that prevented a major recall. Core competencies include:

• Product design and integration

• Globe team building with high performance

and diverse technical expertise

• Quality management, SPC, DOE

• Failure analysis, FMEA

• Material science and characterization


Engineering Manager, Morgan Advanced Materials, Technical Ceramics, Hayward, 2017- Present Lead engineering team for new product development, manufacturing yield improvement, scrap reduction, and quality management.

● Identified the root causes for production issues and reduced scrap by $200k/year

● Established SPC quality management system and automated optical inspection systems for manufacturing process

Director of Application Development, Bruker Nano Surfaces, San Jose, CA, 2016-2017 Lead new application development for universal mechanical testers and white light interferometry metrology tools in automobile, medical device and semiconductor industries. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with key customers.

● Launched a nano-indentation product for mechanical property measurements.

● Defined and launched several test modules for automobile and aerospace industries.

● Developed characterization methods for wafer level. Engineering Director, Western Digital Corp., San Jose, CA, 2012-2015 Led mechanical integration and failure analysis for new product development. Developed and implemented new analytical techniques, new test methodologies and analysis procedures to ensure product reliability.

● Spearheaded cross functional defect management team, developed and implemented defect detection and management methodologies, determined the criteria for the defects to be managed by component screening and drive firmware, balanced between yield loss and field exposure.

● Collaborated with university research center, developed contact mechanics models for various drive failure mechanisms. Applied the models to guide the designs and the implementations of new sensors in drive that prevented the failure re-occurrences.

● Worked with head and mechanical design teams, identified the design deficiencies in air bearing surface, slider corner geometry, suspension and gimbal assembly, enhanced the shock and vibration performance for mobile products.

● Conducted risk analysis using FMEA for new technologies, including fluid dynamic bearing motor, dual stage actuator, and air flow control anti-disk. Defined and implemented accelerated tests for the qualifications of the new designs.

Engineering Manager, Western Digital Corp., San Jose, CA, 2000-2012 Provided accurate and timely failure analysis, identified root causes, and resolved critical design issues for product development and customer qualification. Guided global engineering teams, resolved critical manufacturing and customer field return issues.

● Built and implemented databases that assured data integrity and accessibility company-wide. Provided statistical trend analysis to guide the product design and manufacturing process improvements.

● Identified various root causes of disk defects, defined and implemented test methods and criteria, evaluated and validated process improvements that eliminated ‘killer’ defects.

● Determined the formation mechanism of a hydrocarbon stacking defect that caused head degradation in the field. Identified the source of the hydrocarbon (wax) as cross contamination from a supplier’s production line. Validated the improved process and eliminated the problem.

● Collaborated with mechanical design and motion control teams, designed and implemented a ramp mechanism for head load and unload process, significantly improved product reliability and increased total capacities. Establish load and unload tests at various humidity and temperature environments for design qualification.

Advisory Engineer/Scientist, IBM Corporation

● Developed and implemented mechanical integration accelerated tests, evaluated new product performance for enterprise market.

● Investigated and determined the root causes for development and customer qualification failures, including disk defects, motor design problems, and disk clamping issues. Principal Engineer, Western Digital Corporation

Tribology lead engineer in WD’s 1st mobile product design team with MR head.

● Eengaged with suppliers and determined the key design parameters for heads and disks to ensure the reliability of head/disk interface. Collaborated with program manager, helped servo and firmware engineers designed and validated the company’s 1st drive servo system with separate reader and writer.

● Developed new disk surface protective carbon overcoats and lubricants with additives, which made head/disk interface more reliable at hot and humid environments.

● Designed experiments and evaluated negative air bearing surface designs that reduced altitude sensitivity and linear velocity sensitivity.

Engineer, Aeronautic Material Institute, Beijing

● Explored the possibility of using acoustic emission as a nondestructive testing technique to monitor crack propagation around bolt holes, mechanical strengthening of aluminum alloys in various heat treatment conditions, and solidification process of carbon fiber reinforced composite materials.

● Designed and built acoustic emission equipment with PZT sensors and single chip computers. Wrote the data acquisition and data processing embedded software in assembly language. Published 2 patents, and 18 technical papers.

Fluent in English and Mandarin.


Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) Center for Memory and Recording Research

University of California, San Diego, CA

Master’s degree in Material Science

Nondestructive Testing

Aeronautical Material Institute, Beijing

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Semiconductor devices

Beijing University of Technology

Certificate in Machine Learning

Coursera Online Course

Stanford University

Certificate in Project Management

San Jose State University

Certificate in Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Date: May 2017 – May 2020, License 2039230 Certification authority: Project Management Institute

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