Advisory Board

Dr. Walter J. Trybula

Walter J. Trybula, Ph.D., MBA, FIEEE, FSPIE is the Director of the Nanomaterials Application Center at Texas State University and is a Director and Senior Policy Fellow of the Trybula Foundation, Inc.
Walt is an IEEE Fellow and a Senior Member of IMAPS, a member of SPIE, a member of the American Society of Information Science (ASIS), and a member of the Association Computing Machinery (ACM). He is an elected member of the Board of Governors for the IEEE/CPMT Society and is the current Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor, IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing (previously titled: Manufacturing).
In recognition of his work, he has been cited in Who’s Who in the Computer Industry, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Information Science, among others. He has appeared in more than 150 publications, including papers, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, teaching modules, and published conference proceedings.
As a technology futurist, he has focused his current activities on evaluating emerging trends and applications in nanotechnology, mesomaterials, MEMS/NEMS, and semiconductors with an emphasis on feasibility evaluation and profitable business insertion. His most recent published material is on nanotechnology, cleaning/contamination issues, nano patterning, and cost effective application of technology. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.
Walt is active in disseminating information on the importance of nanotechnology, and has made numerous speeches on various aspects of the technology, including the need for building the evolving nanotechnology infrastructure from the existing semiconductor base. His recent efforts focus on the impact of nanotechnology on people and the environment. He has taught “Introduction to Nano Technology” courses at major conferences, is a member of the nanotechnology committee of the Texas Workforce Commission Advanced Manufacturing Working Group, participated in the IEEE nano standards committee effort, and developed the original SEMI NanoForum/Workshop. He is a member of the steering committee for the Texas Alliance for Nanoelectronics (TxAN) and co-chair of the Texas State Strategy on Advanced Technology Working Groups for both nanotechnology and MEMS.
Prior to his current assignments, he was a Senior Fellow at SEMATECH, the semiconductor research consortium, where he focused on emerging technologies, and was responsible for leading the initial effort to evaluate the feasibility immersion lithography. His Advanced Materials Research Center project involvement included nano imprint, self directed assembly, and organic transistors for sensor applications.
Previously, Walt had been with two startup companies. He was President of Ivy Systems, Incorporated, which is in electronics manufacturing automation, and was a Director at Compunetics, which is a computer integrator. Prior to Ivy Systems, Walt was with the General Electric Company for 12 years, the last nine of which were on corporate staff as Senior Consultant in electronics manufacturing technology.
Walt authored A common base for mask cost of ownership, Status of 157-nm optical lithography, and “Hot” jobs, bane or boon, and coauthored Operational Simulation of an EUV Lithography Cell, Effects of material properties on patterning distortions of optical reticles, Financial impact of technology acceleration on semiconductor masks, Simulation and scheduling, DFM for the next generation, Operational simulation of an x-ray lithography cell: comparison of 200mm and 300mm wafers, Mask requirements for advanced lithography, and Successful Factory Automation.
Walt earned his B.S. degree in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology, his MBA degree from James Madison University, and his Ph.D. degree in Information Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds patent Method and apparatus for fluid handling in immersion lithography.