Dr. Val Dubin

Founder, President & CTO

Val Dubin holds a Ph.D. degree in microelectronics and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering as well as a Doctor of Science degree in nanotechnology and nanomaterials from the University of Informatics and Electronics (Belarus). He completed his post-doctoral study at Aarhus University (Denmark). Dr. Dubin was a researcher at Ecole Polytechnique (France) and visiting scientist at Cornell University (USA).

Dr. Dubin has over 20 years of industrial experience. Among his most notable accomplishments was leading the successful revolutionary transition from aluminum to copper metallization at the two largest semiconductor logic manufacturers – Intel and AMD. He managed the electroplating group in Fab 20 at Intel (appox. 50 Engs and Techs) and the R&D metallization group (10 PhD Engineers) at Components Research with responsibility spanning early development to pilot production and mass production.

Dr. Dubin founded, organized, staffed, managed and raised over $8M for two startups including EMAT Technology LLC and NANO3D SYSTEMS LLC. He established strategic partnerships with leading process tool suppliers and materials companies, engaged customers including the world’s largest semiconductor, airspace and chemical materials companies, leading to growing sales of NANO3D process materials and services to customers.

Dr. Dubin served on the Board of Directors of R&D consortiums including CCMC (Univ. of New Mexico, Sandia National Lab, Penn State Univ., Rutgers Univ.), NSEC (nano-center Columbia University), as well as managing work on metallization at IMEC (Belgium) for Intel.

Dr. Dubin has nearly 300 publications including 52 journal papers, 101 conference papers, 5 chapters in the books and 142 patents. He has numerous awards for his professional achievements including an Intel Achievement Award.

Dr. Mohamad Shaheen

Director of Business Development, Sales & Marketing

Mohamad Shaheen received his PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked at Intel for over 10 years in various engineering and management positions, including research and development and wafer fab startups with responsibility for construction to operation of a front-end, state-of-art, 300mm, class 1, ~25,000 sq. ft. research facility. He oversaw design and installation of more than 40 process modules in all fab areas. Dr. Shaheen managed activities of ~200 construction personnel, industrial engineers, fab support teams, and research staff (~60 PhDs and technicians). His research experience includes management of advanced materials for future device and nanotechnology research such as technology for the industry-first tri-gate devices adopted in Intel’s chip products. He has 44 Issued U.S and international patents ~ 15 others pending in of the fields of advanced materials, devices and substrate technology, and novel solar systems.

Dr. Shaheen led technical marketing at Soitec and Novellus (Lam Research) as a Fellow and key account technologist, respectively. He was the Founder and CTO of Silicon Forest International, pioneered new solar technology based on a novel natural design concept, developed and built field-grade systems, obtained certification by a leading US PV testing company and utility acceptance for grid-connection. He also led manufacturing and marketing efforts resulting product sales in 4 states.

Prof. Yosi Shacham-Diamand

Scientific Advisor

Prof. Shacham is The Bernard L. Schwartz Chair for Nano-scale Information technologies, D.Sc. 1983, M.Sc. 1978, and B.Sc. (Summa-cum Laude) 1974, all in Technion, Israel. 1983-1986.

He is a Visiting professor, CNR-IMM, Rome, Italy, Visiting Professor, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and a distinguished international chair professor, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan.

Prof. Shacham served in few academic positions including Academic Director, Micro Technologies Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv university (2000–2001), the director of Tel-Aviv University research institute for Nano-Science and nano-technologies (2001–2004), Head of the department of Physical Electronics, faculty of Engineering (2007- 2011), the Vice-dean of the faculty of engineering for Industrial relations and with the friends of the faculty in Israel and abroad. He was on the university board of governors (2008-2012) and a Member of the board of directors of "RAMOT" by Tel Aviv University (2008-2013). He is a Member of the MAGNET committee promoting basic and generic technologies in Israel, Office of the chief scientist, Ministry of trade and Industry.

He published 227 journal papers, over 400 conference papers in registered proceedings, 4 chapters in books, 30 patents, edited two conference proceedings books, and two books.

His research is in the field of Micro and Nano electronics science and technology; specifically, electroless plating of metals and alloys, interconnect technology for ULSI and flexible electronics, and electrochemical bio sensors the food, medical and agro applications.

Dr. Chiu Ting

Business Advisor

Chiu Ting obtained his BS degree from UC Berkeley, his MS and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering. He was a resident IBM fellow while he was completing his Ph.D. degree at Stanford.

He joined IBM, San Jose after he graduated from UC Berkeley. While at IBM he worked at the General Products Division in San Jose, CA, the Components Division in East Fishkill, NY, and T.J. Watson Research Laboratory at Yorktown Heights, NY, and also the San Jose Research Laboratory. He worked on all aspects of semiconductor device fabrication, including bipolar and MOS devices. At IBM he did pioneering work in optical and electron beam lithography, as well as other processing techniques.

Dr. Ting joined the Technology Development Group of Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, CA, in 1981. He helped in forming the Intel’s Component Research Group in 1986. While at Intel he worked on a wide variety of processing technologies, including high resolution lithography and high density interconnect technologies. He also did some pioneering work on copper metallization. He was assigned by Intel to Sematech in Austin, TX from 1993 to 1995. While at Sematech he initiated several new projects including the Cu metallization by electro-plating and low k dielectric projects. In 1995, he joined the Technology Development Group of AMD in Sunnyvale, CA. where he initiated and developed the copper metallization process for IC interconnect.

In 1997, he co-founded CuTek Research, Inc. in San Jose CA to develop automated copper deposition system where he served as President and CEO. This work was successfully completed and CuTek Research was sold in 2000. In June 2002 he joined Blue29, a new start-up company in IC fabrication equipment, as President until Blue29 was fully funded and was strong enough to attract an experienced President and CEO. Blue 29 was acquired by KLA-Tencor.

Dirk Conradie


Dirk Conradie was born and raised in South Africa and graduated with a double major in accounting and Law from the University of Stellenbosch. After practicing law for a year he moved to Portland in 2001 and started a career focused on taxes. He studied at Portland State University and Golden Gate University prior to qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant in the US. He spent the first 5 years of his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and joined Dougall Conradie LLC in 2008. Dirk is a founding member of Wealth Advisors Northwest LLC. He holds a Certified Public Accountant license, as well as a Personal Financial Specialist credential.