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Engineer Sales

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
October 12, 2016

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Theodore Andrew Ahr

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Albuquerque, NM 87111-5538

Cell: 505-***-****


Career Summary: Technically oriented professional who brings a skill set consisting of applications/process engineering, technical sales, and product development from the areas of semiconductor manufacturing and chemical materials applications. Imaginative problem solving skills has acquired new business and maintained existing accounts. A positive attitude, attention to detail, high level of integrity and self-confidence have made for a successful career.


Responded to industry crisis (hydroxylamine shortage), which required 80% travel, that resulted in zero loss of customers and more effective usage of products.

Led problem solving processes for customer chemical performance issues resulting in new customer gains and increased customer satisfaction.

Experienced in the areas of metrology, defect analysis, plasma etch, wet etch, photoresist / post etch residue removal and new product development of spin-on low-ĸ dielectric materials.

Work Experience

SBA Materials, Inc. - Facility Manager and Process Engineer – Dec. 2010 to Jul. 2016

Albuquerque, NM and San Jose, CA

Assure and maintain the operation of all laboratory/facility equipment and material stocks used

in the product synthesis and development of spin-on ultra low-k dielectric materials. Schedule,

procure and coordinate deliveries of materials to support the lab. This included negotiating with

both specialty chemical providers and commodity chemical suppliers. Participate in the supplier

selection process. Perform engineering studies on low-k films using spin coaters, tube

furnaces, pumps, film thickness measurement equipment, mercury probes, ion exchange

columns, viscometers, rotary evaporators, atomic force microscopes, cleaning tools and a

variety of other laboratory equipment. Other duties include purchasing, writing of specifications

(SOPs), training new personnel, facility maintenance and the shipping of dangerous goods.

DuPont / EKC Technology, Inc. - Senior Field Applications Engineer – Dec. 1997 to Jul. 2009

Albuquerque, NM / Hayward, CA

Performed engineering and sales support for chemical cleaning products to semiconductor and

electronics manufacturers throughout North America. Frequently used process problem solving

skills to unravel issues at customer sites associated with plasma etch tools and chemical

cleaning systems. These included automated spray / rinse /dry tools and wet benches. Often used scanning electron microscopes to examine cleaning results on integrated circuits. Acted as the main point of contact for customer technical questions about products and services. Interfaced with internal sales/marketing teams, R&D engineers, quality control engineers and customer development teams to design and test new products and manufacturing processes

that were both more environmentally friendly and lower in cost of ownership. My efforts helped

acquire new accounts and expand business at existing customer sites. Regularly presented

technical information, training and reports directly to customers. Used my superior interpersonal

communication skills to resolve difficult issues at customer meetings. Primarily used Microsoft

Office Suite software for the generation of technical reports. Used application data to develop

technical marketing materials.

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Philips Semiconductors - Senior Process Engineer (metal etch) – Mar. 1996 to Dec. 1997 and from Aug. 1991 to Mar. 1994 – Albuquerque, NM

Developed and maintained plasma etch and wet etch processes on aluminum, tungsten and titanium metals using Lam 9600 TCP and Applied Materials 8330 plasma metal etch systems. Used manual and automated wet benches for wet etch processes. SPC disciplines were used to maintain process control and to consistently drive for improved results. Inspected metal profiles with a scanning electron microscope.

Pacific Scientific (HYT Division) Senior Applications Engineer – Mar. 1994 to Mar. 1996

Albuquerque, NM

Installed and developed in-situ particle monitors using laser light scattering /detection technology on a wide variety of high vacuum semiconductor process equipment at customer sites in the U.S., Ireland and Israel. Wrote application notes and lead training sessions for technicians and engineers. Performed field service engineering of the sensors.

Signetics Fab 22 & Fab 23 - Defect Density Engineer - Mar. 1986 to Aug. 1991 Albuquerque, NM Helped establish and supervise this new engineering group which collected defect data from key fab process areas. The statistical data was graphed and reported weekly. Defect data was analyzed so correlations to particular tool events could be understood. Defect data was collected through the use of a KLA-2028 wafer inspection system and optical microscopes.

Signetics Fab 22 - Quality Assurance Coordinator – Feb. 1983 to Mar. 1986 Albuquerque, NM Supervised a group of up to six operators to perform incoming acceptance inspections on all masks and reticles. Other duties included specification distribution and checking all measurement equipment for proper calibration and functionality.

U.S. Navy (Reserve) – Lieutenant (junior grade) – Oct. 1980 to Nov. 1986

Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX

Student Naval Aviator and later became an assistant air operations officer for the Chief of

Naval Air Training. Scheduled aircraft for cargo missions and air show appearances.


Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

Majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry - 1980

Graduated from the U.S. Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL

Earned a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve) 1980

Master of Business Administration degree from New Mexico Highlands University branch

in Albuquerque, NM - 1985

Completed courses in Design of Experiments (DOE), Six Sigma, Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Team-Oriented (8 Disciplines) Problems Solving. Attended many short courses from Sematech and the American Vacuum Society to semiconductor & CMP processes. Completed software courses pertaining to Microsoft Excel, Project and Visio – 1983 to 2009

Trained and certified for shipping Dangerous Goods (chemicals) - since 2011

Private Pilot License - 1997

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