Meet the Instructors


André Anders

is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California. He grew up in East Germany and studied physics in Wroc?aw, Poland, Berlin, Germany, and Moscow, Russia (then Soviet Union). He got his PhD in physics from Humboldt University, Berlin and worked at the Academy of Sciences in East Berlin until 1991. The fall of the Berlin Wall gave him the opportunity to move to Berkeley, California, where he joined Berkeley Lab to work on plasma technologies. He is the author of more than 270 papers in refereed journals, author/editor of three books including "Cathodic Arcs" (Springer, 2008). André serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Physics and was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), American Vacuum Society (AVS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Institute of Physics (IoP). 

André Anders is the instructor for the following courses:
C-214 Pulsed Plasma Processing
C-310 Plasma Immersion Techniques for Surface Engineering
C-307 Cathodic Arc Plasma Deposition
C-309 Cathodic Arc Deposition (half day)

Gary S. Ash

is President of Castle Brook Corporation, Dartmouth, MA. The company provides technical and management consulting services for the vacuum and cryogenics industry. He has had more than 40 years of experience in vacuum systems, pumps and other components, deposition processes ranging from evaporation to sputtering to molecular beam epitaxy. Engineering experience includes equipment and process design, manufacturing process development, materials and failure analysis, and applications support. In addition, he has had extensive experience in product strategy, development, and manufacturing planning for industrial products and services. He was previously employed by the CTI-Cryogenics division of Helix Technology Corporation, ASTeX, RIBER division of Instruments SA, Optical Coating Laboratory Inc., Spectrum Systems division of Barnes Engineering Co., AAI Corporation, and American Electronic Laboratories. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a PhD in optical physics from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gary S. Ash is the instructor for the following courses:
C-212 Troubleshooting for Thin Film Deposition Processes
V-304 Cryogenic High Vacuum Pumps

Ralf Bandorf

born 1973, studied Physics at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany and received his diploma in 1998. His work focused on preparation of metastable ironsilicides and phase characterization by LEED. In 1998 he joined Fraunhofer IST for his PhD thesis. Ralf Bandorf received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 from Fraunhofer IST / Carolo-Wilhelmina Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. His thesis focused on sub-micron tribloogical coatings for electromagnetic microactuators. Ralf continued at Fraunhofer IST as a scientist, specifically as Project leader in Group Micro and Sensor Technology with a Focus on PVD and PACVD coatings. He worked in the field of plastic metallization for flexible circuits, piezoresistive materials (especially based on DLC), electrical conductive and insulating coatings as well as magnetic thin films. In 2007, he became Head of Group “Sensoric Functional Coatings” and since 2015 he has been Head in Group “PACVD and hybrid processes” at Fraunhofer IST. His focus is on PACVD with different excitation, plasma sources, hollow cathode processes, especially gas flow sputtering, and HIPIMS.

Ralf Bandorf is internationally recognized expert in the field of HIPIMS. He was session chair of the HIPIMS session at ICMCTF, US from 2009-2012. He has served as assistant TAC Chair at the Society of Vacuum Coaters since 2009. Ralf is the conference Chairman of the International Conference on Fundamentals and Applications of HIPIMS and Action Chair of the COST Action MP0804: Highly ionized pulse plasma processes (HIPP processes, 2009-2013), a European scientific networking activity gathering experts worldwide in the field of HIPP plasmas, especially HIPIMS.

Ralf Bandorf is the instructor for the following courses:
C-338 Application of Reactive Sputtering (half day or full day)
C-333 Practice and Applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) (half-day)

Hana Baránková

is Professor at the Uppsala University and Research leader of the Plasma group at the Angstrom Laboratory. She is manager/director of several energy related projects/centers. She received her PhD in Electronics and Vacuum Technique from the Czech Academy of Science. Her primary interests are development of plasma sources and processes, innovation in coating technology, and plasma treatment of surfaces, gases and liquids. She has published over 160 scientific papers and conference contributions and holds several industrial patents on plasma systems. She is an inventor of metastable assisted deposition and co-inventor of the Linear Arc Discharge (LAD) source, the Magnets-in-Motion concept in plasma sources and Fused Hollow Cathode and Hybrid Hollow Electrode Activated Discharge (H-HEAD) cold atmospheric plasma sources. Hana Baránková has been serving 6 years on the SVC Board of Directors, and as TAC Chair of Emerging Technologies and organizer of Atmospheric Plasma Technologies session over the years. She is Secretary of SVC, Chair of the Student Sponsorship Committee, TAC Chair of the Coatings for Biomedical and Environmental Applications, co-organizer of Heuréka sessions and member of the Education, Strategic Planning and International Relations, Committees. Hana is 2006 Mentor Award recipient for the development of numerous novel plasma sources. She acts as a consultant and is a co-founder of two companies, BB Plasma HB and BB Plasma Design AB.

Hana Baránková is the instructor for the following courses:
C-210 Introduction to Plasma Processing Technology (half day)
C-324 Atmospheric Plasma Technologies (half day)
C-306 Non-Conventional Plasma Sources and Methods in Processing Technology (half day or full day)

Ladislav Bárdos

is Professor at Uppsala University in Sweden and Research leader of the Plasma group at the Angstrom laboratory. He received his PhD in 1978 from the Czech Acad. Sci. and a Doctor of Science degree from Charles University in Prague in 1995. In 1984 he was awarded the Czechoslovak State Prize for outstanding research results in the plasma deposition of thin films. He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of applied plasma physics and thin films. He has published over 200 scientific papers and conference contributions, designed several plasma sources for industry and has 15 Czech, 7 Swedish and several international patents. He runs a consulting company in plasma sources and processing technology. His primary interests are microwave plasmas, including downstream ECR and surface-wave generation, and particularly the radio frequency generated hollow cathodes and hybrid sources at both low and atmospheric pressures. Lad Bardos is Program Chair for 2009 and 2010 SVC TechCons, is currently serving on the SVC Board of Directors and is TAC chair of a special session Heuréka at the SVC TechCon and a member of the SVC Publications and Strategic Planning Committees.

Ladislav Bárdos is the instructor for the following courses:
C-306 Non-Conventional Plasma Sources and Methods in Processing Technology (half day or full day)
C-324 Atmospheric Plasma Technologies (half day)
C-210 Introduction to Plasma Processing Technology (half day)

Abe Belkind

has 15 years of research and development experience in industry and more than 30 years in academia. From 1981 to 1996 he was a Lead Scientist for BOC Coating Technology, where he investigated and developed vacuum and plasma technologies for the deposition of thin film coatings. From 1996 to 2005, he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering and later in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. In 1997, he created a successful consulting company, now called A. Belkind & Associates, LLC. He is an expert in various technologies for depositing and designing metal alloy, oxide, carbide, nitride and other thin films; plasma surface cleaning and treatment; and methods of film analysis. He has received 10 patents, published a book, and written more than 100 technical papers. Dr. Belkind is the recipient of a BOC Group Technology award and two awards from the Latvian Academy of Science.

Abe Belkind is the instructor for the following courses:
C-207 Evaporation as a Deposition Process

Clark Bright

was a Senior Staff Scientist and Group Technical Leader with 3M Corporate Research Laboratory before he retired in December 2012 to form a consulting practice – Bright Thin Film Solutions, LLC. At 3M he developed roll coated, vacuum deposited multilayer organic and inorganic thin film products for optical, conductive and barrier applications. Previously, he was Vice President at Presstek, Inc., and Delta V Technology subsidiary, where he directed the R&D of transparent conductive oxides, barrier coatings and polymer multilayer (PML) technology. While Director of Product Development at Southwall Technologies, he led teams developing sputter deposited transparent low e and solar control coatings, transparent conductive metal and oxide coatings, and durable conductive (ITO) multilayer antireflection coatings on plastic film. He served 12 years on the Board of Directors, and was President of Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC). In 2009, he received the SVC Mentor Award, and the Nathaniel Sugerman Award in 2012. He has presented and published numerous papers on optical coatings including book chapters on transparent conductors in “Transparent Electronics: From Synthesis to Applications” (Wiley, 2010) and “Optical Thin Films and Coatings from Materials to Applications” (Woodhouse, 2013). He holds 27 U.S. patents in the field.

Clark Bright is the instructor for the following courses:
C-304 ITO and Other Transparent Conductive Coatings: Fundamentals, Deposition, Properties, and Applications
C-332 Zinc Oxide-Based and Other TCO Alternatives to ITO: Materials, Deposition, Properties and Applications
C-337 ITO and Alternative TCO: From Fundamentals to Controlling Properties

Paul Burrows

is a Science and Technology Consultant based in Kennewick, WA with 22 years of experience in nanoscale research and development. From 2000 – 2008 he was a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, where he managed a broad research initiative in nanoscience and nanotechnology and organic light emitting devices (OLEDs) for displays and solid state lighting. He was previously a Research Scholar at Princeton University, where he was part of the research team that developed multiple technology platforms around stacked, transparent, phosphorescent and flexible OLEDs. He has also held research appointments at the University of Southern California and the Riken Institute in Saitama, Japan. He graduated with a PhD in Physics from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1989, has co-authored over 110 publications and is named as a co-inventor of 78 issued U.S. Patents.

Paul Burrows is the instructor for the following courses:
C-325 Introduction to Nanotechnology: What the Technical and Business Professional Should Know (half-day)

Greg Caskey

started as an experimental nuclear physicist, then turned to thin film deposition and product development through various R&D efforts in mirror, electrochromic film, optical filter, and transparent conductive oxide coatings. At present, Greg is a Visiting Assistant Professor of  Physics at Grand Valley State University. He has published over 25 papers in professional and technical journals and has several patents and one R&D 100 award.

Greg Caskey is the instructor for the following courses:
M-101 Basic Principles of Color Measurement

Tom Christensen

is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He received his B.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics from Cornell University. After several years as a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque he joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1989. He has worked with vacuum technology, thin film technology and surface characterization since 1980 and has taught local AVS short courses since 1992.

Tom Christensen is the instructor for the following courses:
C-322 Characterization of Thin Films

Arutiun P. Ehiasarian

joined the Nanotechnology Centre for PVD Research at Sheffield Hallam University, UK in 1998 where he obtained his PhD in Plasma Science and Surface Engineering. His research within NTCPVD has concentrated on development of plasma PVD technologies for substrate pretreatment prior to coating deposition to improve adhesion, deposition of coatings with dense microstructure, low-pressure plasma nitriding and hybrid processes of plasma nitriding/coating deposition. He has experience with cathodic vacuum arc discharges, dc and pulsed magnetron discharges, and radio-frequency coil enhanced magnetron sputtering. He utilizes plasma diagnostics such as optical emission spectroscopy (OES), electrostatic probes, energy-resolved mass spectroscopy and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Materials characterization includes high-resolution TEM, STEM, STEM-EDS, SEM, and XRD as well as mechanical testing available at NTCPVD. Arutiun is one of the pioneers of high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) technology and his work in the field has been acknowledged with the R.F. Bunshah Award (2002), the TecVac Prize (2002) and the Hüttinger Industrial Accolade. In 2011 he received the AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award as a top young investigator, and in  2012 he received the SVC Mentor Award. He is an author of more than 50 publications, 10 invited lectures, 3 patents and 1 book chapter in the field of PVD and HIPIMS.

Arutiun P. Ehiasarian is the instructor for the following courses:
C-333 Practice and Applications of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS) (half-day)
C-323 High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering

John Fahlteich

born 1981, graduated from the University of Leipzig with a diploma in physics in 2005. In 2010, he earned a PhD from the Technical University of Chemnitz with a thesis about a detailed characterization of vacuum deposited permeation barrier layers. In total he has now 9 years of experience in the field of permeation barriers and encapsulation of flexible electronics. John is currently working as senior scientist and expert for permeation barriers at Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP. Up to today he published over 30 papers, conference contributions and patents as well as one book chapter in the field. He represents the Fraunhofer FEP as leading member in several organizations dealing with flexible electronics encapsulation such as the organic-electronics association and the Flexible Electronics Encapsulation Technologies Cluster in Dresden, Germany.

John Fahlteich is the instructor for the following courses:
C-336 Transparent Gas Permeation Barriers on Flexible Substrates

Holger Gerdes

graduated from the Technical University in Braunschweig with a diploma in Physics in 2004. Afterwards, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Micro Production Technology (IMPT) at the Leibniz University, Hannover. Since 2008, Holger has worked as a project leader in the group “Highly Ionized Plasmas and PECVD” at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST. One of his main topics is the development of reactive processes especially in combination with HIPIMS (High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering).

Holger Gerdes is the instructor for the following courses:
C-338 Application of Reactive Sputtering (half day or full day)

Timothy Gessert

is a member of the technical staff at Sivananthan Laboratories Inc., and Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago. Tim is also a retired Principal Scientist, formerly at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. He received degrees in physics from University of Wisconsin-River Falls (B.Sc.), Colorado School of Mines (M.Sc.), and University of Wales - College of Cardiff (Ph.D). His 30+ years of research at NREL included leading the Device Development and Fabrication Team, and the Thin-Film Photovoltaic Devices Research Group.  His research activities included development of vacuum and photolithographic processes, transparent-conducting oxides, photovoltaic absorber layers, and related electrical contacts. His present research is directed at understanding how choices in processes and device design affect the ultimate performance, stability, and other application aspects of polycrystalline and crystalline photovoltaic devices. Tim has more than 240 publications, more than 10 issued US Patents, is a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, and serves as Associate Editor for the journal Thin Solid Films.

Timothy Gessert is the instructor for the following courses:
V-209 Fundamentals of Vacuum Technology and Vacuum Gauging
V-210 Pumps Used in Vacuum Technology
V-211 Vacuum Hardware and Vacuum Leak Detection

David Glocker

founded Isoflux Incorporated, a manufacturer of magnetron equipment, in 1993. He has more than 30 years’ experience in thin film research, development, and manufacturing and has taken a number of new processes from laboratory-scale feasibility studies through successful production. He is an inventor or co-inventor of 31 U.S. patents and an author of more than 30 research papers in the areas of sputter source design, plasmas and plasma characteristics, sources of substrate heating in sputtering, and the control of sputtering processes and sputtered film properties. He also is the co-editor of The Handbook of Thin Film Process Technology, a major reference work in the field.

David Glocker is the instructor for the following courses:
C-208 Sputter Deposition in Manufacturing
C-102 Introduction to Evaporation and Sputtering (half-day or full-day)

Jeremy M. Grace

is currently a senior filter design engineer at Semrock, Inc. where he is working in the area of thin-film interference filters for life sciences and other applications. Prior to his position at Semrock, he was a senior principal scientist at the Eastman Kodak company, where he worked in the areas of plasma surface modification, thin-film adhesion, sputter deposition, and organic vapor deposition. He has written several patents and journal articles in the area of plasma modification of polymers. He is a member of the Society of Vacuum Coaters and the American Vacuum Society, and served as chair of the Upstate New York Chapter of the AVS (UNY-VAC) from 1998-2000.

Jeremy M. Grace is the instructor for the following courses:
C-314 Plasma Modification of Polymer Materials and Plasma Web Treatment

Joe Greene

is the D.B. Willett Professor of Materials Science and Physics, the Tage Erlander Professor of Materials Physics at Linkoping University, a Chaired Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Techology, and Past Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. The focus of his research has been the development of an atomic-level understanding of adatom/surface interactions during vapor-phase film growth in order to controllably manipulate microchemistry, microstructure, and physical properties. His work has involved film growth by all forms of sputter deposition (MBE, CVD, MOCVD, and ALE). He was President of the American Vacuum Society in 1989, a consultant for several research and development laboratories, and a visiting professor at several universities. Recent awards include receipt of the Aristotle Award from SRC (1998), the Adler Award from the American Physical Society (1998), Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (1993) and the American Physical Society (1998), the Turnbull Prize from the Materials Research Society (1999), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013), and the Mentor Award from SVC (2015). He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and is the Editor-in-Chief of Thin Solid Films.

Joe Greene is the instructor for the following courses:
C-318 Nanostructures: Strategies for Self-Organized Growth (half-day)
C-203 Sputter Deposition (two – day course)
C-311 Thin Film Growth and Microstructure Evolution
C-315 Reactive Sputter Deposition

Lars Haubold

Lars Haubold is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Carbon Coatings – from Basics to Industrial Realization (half-day)

James N. Hilfiker

graduated from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Nebraska in 1995, where he studied under John Woollam. His graduate research involved in-situ ellipsometry applied to both sputter-deposition and electrochemical reactions, and optical characterization of magneto-optic thin films. He joined the J.A. Woollam Company upon graduation and has worked in their Applications Lab for 18 years. His research at the company has focused on new applications of ellipsometry, including characterization of anisotropic materials, liquid crystal films, and more recently thin film photovoltaics. He has authored over 40 technical articles involving ellipsometry, including Encylopedia articles, a chapter on Vacuum Ultraviolet Ellipsometry for the Handbook of Ellipsometry, and a recent book chapter on In-Situ Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for characterization of thin film growth.

James N. Hilfiker is the instructor for the following courses:
M-102 Introduction to Ellipsometry (half-day)

Manuela Junghähnel

is a senior scientist with more than fifteen years of experience in development of sputtering processes, thin-film technology and new materials for large-area applications in the Division of Coating on Flat Substrates at Fraunhofer FEP, Dresden, Germany. She has a Doctor of Engineering in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany, with research topics focused on pilot scale vacuum coatings on non-flexible and flexible glass, upscaling of processes, development of sputtering processes for high rate deposition on large size substrates, magnetron sputtering, metal and reactive processes, fabrication and development of functional layers and layer stacks, antireflective or antireflective antistatic coatings (AR, ARAS), transparent conductors (TCOs, silver based), infrared blockers (Low-E, EMI filter), heat-resistant layers, mirror coatings, other optical coatings, refinement of thin films by ultra-fast thermal annealing, flash lamp annealing (FLA). She is the Emerging Technologies TAC Co-Chair for the Society of Vacuum Coaters TechCon and is a Board Member of the International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics ICCG.

Manuela Junghähnel is the instructor for the following courses:
C-341 Processing on Flexible Glass – Challenges and Opportunities

Eric Kay spent 35 years with the IBM Research Division in San Jose, CA, heading up the Surface, Thin Film, and Plasma Science Groups. From 1991 to 1998 he was on the Stanford University Faculty in the Material Science and Engineering Department. His personal research throughout his career has been intimately involved with all aspects of plasma science in the context of thin film science and technology. He is the author of 7 book chapters, 160 technical papers, and 12 patents. He is a Fellow of the APS and AVS and was the first recipient of the John Thornton Memorial AVS Award as well as the recipient of US Senior Scientist von Humboldt Award. He is presently the Editor of —Critical Reviews- JVST.

Eric Kay is the instructor for the following courses:
C-209 Material Science Aspects of Plasma Processing (half-day)

Sunil Kumar

currently directs an independent scientific consulting business (named CoatingsMantra) based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to directing this consulting business, he held a professorship at the University of South Australia, Adelaide. His research is centered on investigating plasma-based methods for depositing and processing biomedical coatings and biomaterials (healthcare sector). Application of plasma processing, nanomaterials and surface engineering for cleantech is a research area Kumar has recently started to build. Kumar has published 80 peer-reviewed papers (with over 1250 citations) and well over 100 conference papers, including several invited talks. Kumar performs several professional roles, ranging from membership of editorial board of research journals to peer-reviewing of research manuscripts and proposals.

Sunil Kumar is the instructor for the following courses:
C-215 Vacuum Coatings and Plasma Processing for Biomedical Applications

Robert (Bob) A. Langley

retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1994 and Sandia National Laboratories in 1999. He has performed research in the fields of atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, material science, vacuum science and technology, upper atmospheric phenomena, fusion power, and high-energy accelerators and published over 130 scientific papers. He is associate editor of Vacuum Technology and Coating magazine, teaches vacuum related courses for American Vacuum Society and Society of Vacuum Coaters, served on the Board of Directors of the AVS, served as Chairman of the AVS and the IUVSTA Plasma Science Divisions, and consults on vacuum science and technology, and microwave material processing.

Robert (Bob) A. Langley is the instructor for the following courses:
V-208 Basic Analysis of Mass Spectrometer Spectra
V-207 Practical Aspects of Vacuum Technology: Operation and Maintenance of Production Vacuum Systems

H. Angus Macleod

has more than 40 years of experience in optical coatings, both in manufacturing and in research. He was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland, and worked both in industry and academia in Great Britain before joining the University of Arizona as Professor of Optical Sciences in 1979. Since 1995, he has been full time with the Thin Film Center, Inc., a software, training and consulting company in Tucson, AZ, that he co-founded in 1986. He is the author of Thin Film Optical Filters, 3rd edition (IoP Publishing, 2001).

H. Angus Macleod is the instructor for the following courses:
C-104 An Introduction to Optical Coatings

Peter Martin

worked at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL) for over 29 years where he currently holds an Emeritus Laboratory Fellow appointment At PNNL he developed thin film coatings for energy, biomedical, space and defense applications. He is currently President of Columbia Basin Thin Film Solutions LLC and recent Past President of SVC.   He has written over 400 technical publications, three R&D 100 Awards, two Federal Laboratory Consortium awards, and voted Battelle 2005 Inventor of the Year.  He has over thirty US patents, and teaches short courses on Smart Materials and Energy Materials and Applications.

Peter Martin is the instructor for the following courses:
C-213 Introduction to Smart Materials
C-319 Introduction to Energy Conversion Materials and Technology
C-327 Introduction to Photoactive Materials and Photovoltaics
C-335 Understanding Solar Cells (half day)

Allan Matthews

is Professor of Surface Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is Executive Director of the Leonardo Centre for Tribology and Surface Technology and Director of the Research Centre in Surface Engineering. He has been working on plasma-assisted PVD processes for over 30 years. He spent his early career in the aerospace industry and subsequently carried out research into enhanced plasma-based coating and treatment processes as well as test and evaluation methods. He holds eight patents in these fields and has authored or co-authored over 330 publications, including the book, Coatings Tribology (Elsevier, 2009). He is an SVC Board Member and a former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Surface Engineering Division of the AVS. He is a former Chair, Symposium Committee member and Proceedings Editor for the ICMCTF Conference. He a past Chair of the British Vacuum Council and a Co-Editor of the Elsevier journal, Surface and Coatings Technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Allan Matthews is the instructor for the following courses:
C-328 Properties and Applications of Tribological Coatings (half day or full day)
C-308 Tribological Coatings

Donald J. McClure

founded Acuity Consulting and Training to continue his love affair with vacuum coating and vacuum web coating in particular. Don retired from 3M's Corporate Research Laboratory after spending twenty five years working on a broad range of products and projects that utilized vacuum roll coating and processing. He served the Society of Vacuum Coaters in many roles including President and Secretary. He has offered his courses on the "Basics of Vacuum Web Coating" and "Sputter Deposition onto Flexible Substrates" for many years. His presentation, "A Wizard's Guide to Vacuum and Vacuum Coating," has received rave reviews from attendees. He was the SVC's 2004 Nathaniel Sugerman Award recipient.

Donald J. McClure is the instructor for the following courses:
C-204 Basics of Vacuum Web Coating
C-211 Sputter Deposition onto Flexible Substrates

Holger Nörenberg is founder and Managing Director of Technolox Ltd., which specializes in novel permeation measurement equipment. During his time as Academic Director of Research at the University of Oxford, Oxford-Toppan Center, he was responsible for the development of permeation measurement equipment. He has a physics degree from the University of Rostock and worked in Germany, Japan and the UK. He has about 50 scientific and technical publication as well as several patent applications.

Holger Nörenberg is the instructor for the following courses:
C-313 Practical Aspects of Permeation Measurement: From Polymer Films to Ultra-high Barriers (half-day)

John F. O’Hanlon

is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Arizona. He retired from IBM Research Division in 1987, where he was involved in thin-film deposition, vacuum processing, and display technology. He retired from UA in 2002, where he directed the NSF Ind./Univ. Center for Microcontamination Control. His research focused on particles in plasmas, cleanrooms, and ultrapure water contamination. He is the author of A User’s Guide to Vacuum Technology, 3rd edition. (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).

John F. O’Hanlon is the instructor for the following courses:
V-202 Vacuum System Gas Analysis
V-203 Vacuum Materials and Large System Performance
V-201 High Vacuum System Operation
V-204 Vacuum Systems, Materials and Operation

Jim Oliver

is founder and owner of Vacuum Innovations, LLC and is a research engineer at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics.  A graduate of the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics, his work has focused on process design and modeling for precision evaporated coatings.  Thin-film uniformity control is of particular interest, having developed advanced distribution models and planetary rotation systems.  He also teaches optical coating design at the Institute of Optics as well as at the Institute’s annual thin film summer school program. 

Jim Oliver is the instructor for the following courses:
C-334 Manufacture of Precision Evaporative Coatings (full-day version of C-326)
C-326 Manufacture of Precision Evaporated Coatings (half-day)

Pieter N. Palenstijn received his education in the Netherlands in electrical engineering and electronics. He worked in the field of vacuum technology since 1972. Initially the focus was on Ultra High Vacuum being responsible for service on mass spectrometers, surface analysis equipment and electron beam evaporation systems. Since 1980, after moving to the USA, Pieter started the helium leak detection activity for Alcatel, where at a later date he was responsible for their worldwide activity. He continued this activity for Varian Vacuum Technologies till retirement in 2009. During an interim period Pieter was Vice President of Advanced Technical Resources, a company focused on providing solutions for industrial leak detection. Pieter is co-inventor on 7 patents related to leak detection technology.

Pieter N. Palenstijn is the instructor for the following courses:
V-206 Helium Leak Detection Theory and Technology

Holger Pröhl

graduated with a PhD in physics and works as Lead Technologist at VON ARDENNE in Dresden. He is a distinguished expert developing optical layer stacks and the related metrology for large area coatings on glass, metal strip and polymer films. His valuable industrial experience operating production coaters, will beneficially contribute to this tutorial. Dr. Pröhl’s expertise is focused on actual thin film applications using both high rate rotatable magnetrons and evaporation systems with EB-guns.

Holger Pröhl is the instructor for the following courses:
C-312 R2R Metal Strip Coating - PVD Deposition and Applications (half day)

Robert Sargent

received his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley and his PhD in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.  He has 30 years of experience in optical coatings, including 10 years with Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc. and 15 years with Viavi Solutions (formerly JDSU).  His industrial experience has included the development of deposition processes and filter designs for applications such as aerospace, biomedical instrumentation, and fiber-optic telecommunications.  He currently leads an R&D team at Viavi Solutions developing new optical coating products, serves on the SVC Optical Technical Advisory Committee, and is a member of the SVC Board of Directors.

Robert Sargent is the instructor for the following courses:
C-205 Introduction to Optical Coating Design

George Savva

obtained his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Canada where he studied ceramic/metal interface structures and diffusion paths related to high temperature oxidation. He has also worked in the area of materials for electrical vehicle batteries. His present position is Engineering Manager for Ionbond North America.

George Savva is the instructor for the following courses:
C-320 Diamond Like Carbon Coatings – from Basics to Industrial Realization (half-day)

Ulrike Schulz

 received her diploma in physical chemistry in 1986 and her PhD in 1993 from the University of Jena. Since 1997 she is the head of the research group Coating on Plastics at Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany. She has authored a large number of papers and patents on vacuum coating on plastics and antireflection coatings, among them chapters for the books “Handbook of Plastic Optics” (ed. S. Bäumer) in 2009 and “Optical Thin Films and Coatings” (ed. A. Piegari and F. Flory) in 2013. In 2003 Ulrike Schulz received the “Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize” of the Fraunhofer Society for the development of hard antireflective coatings for plastics. For her research about plasma etching of polymers she awarded the “Research Prize” of Thuringia in 2011.

Ulrike Schulz is the instructor for the following courses:
C-340 Plastic Optics - Coatings and Antireflective Structures (half day)

S. Ismat Shah

graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  He worked for the DuPont Company as senior Staff Scientist for 12 years before joining the University of Delaware in 1999, where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  He has been involved in the field of thin films and nanostructured materials for 22 years.  He has over 174 publications in the field and six patents awarded.  He is the Chair of the SVC Education Committee.  He teaches the first on-line course offered by the SVC, in collaboration with the University of Delaware, on Vapor Deposition Processes.

S. Ismat Shah is the instructor for the following courses:
C-103 An Introduction to Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Processes

Volker Sittinger

is a senior scientist at Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) in the Large Area Coating department. He works on magnetron sputtering for photovoltaic applications. Formerly he was a scientific assistant at the Institute of Solar Energy Research GmbH (ISFH). Volker Sittinger received his doctoral degree in optical and electrical characterisation of electrodeposited CuInSe2 solar cells from the University of Oldenburg in 2003 and studied physics at the University of Karlsruhe.

Volker Sittinger is the instructor for the following courses:
C-330 Introduction to Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies (half day)

Bill Sproul

is the founder and owner of Reactive Sputtering, Inc. Prior to starting his own company, he worked at Advanced Energy Industries, the Borg-Warner Corporation, Northwestern University, and Sputtered Films, Inc. Throughout his career he has been involved with the sputter deposition and reactive sputter deposition of hard materials for wear and corrosion applications. He is the author or co-author of more than 175 technical papers. He has 11 patents to his credit, and he is the inventor of the high rate reactive sputtering process. He is a past president of the American Vacuum Society, and he chaired the International Conference on Metallurgical Coating and Thin Films (ICMCTF) three times.  He also served on the SVC Board of Directors.  He is an AVS Fellow and Honorary Member, and in 2003 he received the SVC Mentor Award and the AVS Thornton Award.  In 2011 he was awarded the SVC Nathaniel H. Sugerman Memorial Award.



Bill Sproul is the instructor for the following courses:
C-317 The Practice of Reactive Sputtering
C-308 Tribological Coatings

Johannes Strümpfel graduated as a physicist at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany in 1973. He developed the main features of the Plasma Emission Monitor (PEM®) to control reactive magnetron sputtering processes. This experience was the basis for sputter deposition of oxide and nitride films at high rates. Now he is responsible as chief scientist of the company VON ARDENNE Anlagentechnik GmbH in Dresden, Germany, which provides sputter coaters for production of large area optical coatings on glass and webs.

Johannes Strümpfel is the instructor for the following courses:
C-312 R2R Metal Strip Coating - PVD Deposition and Applications (half day)

Aryasomayajula Subrahmanyam (Manu)

graduated from the Physics Department of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur in 1980. Joined the Physics Department, IIT Madras in 1982. As a Humboldt Fellow at University of Erlangen, Germany, he has worked on silicon solar cells (1989). Has established a laboratory for metal oxide thin films and surface engineering. Over the past ten years, his research efforts are on bio-medical engineering including the development of lung assist devices (using the principles of photocatalysis) and on early warning systems in mechanical heart valve failures (executed an Indo – European project on mechanical heart valves). Has designed and developed Kelvin probe equipment for surface engineering and authored the first book. Has six patents. His teaching experience spans over 30 years (DAAD Professor at TU Dresden, Germany).

Aryasomayajula Subrahmanyam (Manu) is the instructor for the following courses:
C-339 Mechanical Heart Valve Thrombosis: An Introduction and Review (half day)

Gary Vergason founded Vergason Technology, Inc., in 1986 and has been working with and designing industrial vacuum arc equipment since 1981. His production equipment design experience is reflected in Multi-Arc and Perkin-Elmer coating systems as well as enhanced upgrades on Vac-Tech systems. He is an inventor/co-inventor of five vacuum arc related patents and has performed considerable research in the area of arc travel speed on the cathode as it relates to improved coating quality.

Gary Vergason is the instructor for the following courses:
C-307 Cathodic Arc Plasma Deposition

Ronald R. Willey

graduated from the MIT in optical instrumentation, has an M.S. from FIT, and over 40 years of experience in optical system and coating development and production. He is very experienced in practical thin films design, process development, and the application of industrial Design of Experiments methodology. He is the inventor of a robust plasma/ion source for optical coating applications. He worked in optical instrument development and production at Perkin-Elmer and Block Associates. He developed automatic lens design programs at United Aircraft Research Laboratories. He formed Willey Corporation in 1964 and served a wide variety of clients with consulting, development, prototypes, and production. In 1981 he joined Martin Marietta Aerospace and was Director of the Optical Component Center where he was responsible for optical fabrication, coating, and assembly. He joined Opto Mechanik in 1985 where he was responsible for the development of all new technologies, new instruments, and production engineering. He was a Staff Scientist at Hughes Danbury Optical Systems. He holds four patents and has published many papers on optical coating design and production, optical design, and economics of optical tolerances. He has published books on optical thin film coating design and production since 1996. His recent books are “Practical Design of Optical Thin Films”, 4th Ed. (2014) and “Practical Production of Optical Thin Films,” 2nd Ed. (2012) He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and SPIE and a past Director of the Society of Vacuum Coaters. He now is a consultant in the above-listed technical and forensic areas. Here he is concentrating on teaching optical thin film design and production, and also aiding clients in process development and improvement.

Ronald R. Willey is the instructor for the following courses:
C-216 Practical Design of Optical Thin Films
C-217 Practical Production of Optical Thin Films

Brian Willis

is a professor of Chemical Engineering in the Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut.  He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked as a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories prior to entering academia.  He has been teaching for 10 years in areas including reactor design, reaction kinetics, surface science, electronic materials and heterogeneous catalysts.  His research is in the area of atomic layer deposition (ALD) applied to nanotechnology, a.k.a. "Engineering when Nanometers Count."  He is the author of more than 20 original research articles on topics related to ALD.

Brian Willis is the instructor for the following courses:
C-316 Introduction to Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Processes, Chemistries and Applications (half day)

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