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Manager Engineer

Mountain View, California, United States
October 17, 2016

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Emmanuel Van Kerschaver, Ph.D.

*** **** ******, ******** ****, CA-94043

Tel.: +1-408-***-****


Skilled in the field of project and time management

Seasoned professional with 17 years of Process Development and Integration experience in research, start-up and corporate environments

Product Development experience through guiding novel technologies from concept to industrial production reality

Hands-on experience in developing, executing and optimizing individual FEOL and BEOL process steps into integrated flows with focus on performance, cost and product reliability

Software Development experience through writing code for automated testing procedures, data collection and processing, basic web-based MES functionality, …

Language skills

Language Spoken Understanding Reading Writing

Dutch mother tongue

English fluent fluent fluent fluent

French decent good good decent

German basic good good basic

Spanish decent decent decent decent


Very familiar with internet means and use

Intranet, WAN, Unix (Linux redhat), NT, Windows 2000, Microsoft networking

IT-code: Javascript, Perl, HTML, DHTML, XML, PHP, SQL, Java, Labview, FORTRAN en C++

1988-1994 Masters Degree applied Sciences – Electronic Engineering (KU Leuven)

Master Thesis: “Determination of the lifetime of minority carriers in silicon by means of contactless transient conductivity measurements”

1996-2002Ph.D. Degree Applied Sciences – Electronic Engineering (KU Leuven)

Thesis: “Development of an Industrial Process for Fully Back Contacted

Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells”

Mar 14-Present First Solar – Milpitas / San Jose / Santa Clara, CA

Engineer IV / R&D Operations Manager

Managing the Operations and R&D Program in California and supporting the technology transfer to a high volume manufacturing line in Malaysia with special attention on performance and product reliability

Responsible for the consolidation of the equipment and processes distributed over three labs into a single facility

Jun 11-Feb 14 Hanwha Solar America – Santa Clara, CA

Process Development Manager / Chief Scientist

Part of the core team that built up the lab facility for Hanwha Solar in Santa Clara

Technical responsibilities included process development and integration for advanced cell and module technologies in California and Continuous Improvement Projects (CIP) in the production lines in Qidong (China)

Supporting for the business development activities on behalf of Hanwha Solar

Nov 09-May 11 Solexel, Inc – Milpitas, CA (VC-funded start-up in California)

Senior Director, Next Generation Disruptive High Efficiency Cells

Facilitating the development of the GEN-1 product through setting up a functional Operations structure to support the process development

Heading the R&D program exploring advanced technologies based on epitaxial growth of Silicon

Jan 96-Oct 09 IMEC, Heverlee (R&D institute in Belgium)


oJunior project engineer in the frame of different collaborative projects with industrial partners and European Research Programs

oProcess Development and Process Integration for advanced manufacturing flows, internal and external project management responsibilities including overall coordination of projects funded by the EU


oSenior project engineer where the training, supporting and motivating of junior people and Ph.D. students took an increasingly more prominent part of the job


oTeam leader of the R&D team focused on ‘High Efficiency and Rear Side Contacted Cells’


oGroup leader of the Solar Cell Technology (SCT) group managing the inorganic photovoltaic activities (covering Silicon, Germanium and III/V based technologies)

Apr 95-Dec 95 BARC, Zwijnaarde (Clinical Laboratory in Belgium)

Electronic Data Processing (EDP) Manager

Responsible for the electronic data transfer out of the clinical laboratory to customers

Jul 94-Apr 95 Labour (Belgium)

As individual scrupulous, motivated, well organized and competent

Extensive publication list incl. a.o. 3 patents

Nationality: Belgium, Permanent US Resident status

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