Lecturer5126 Etcheverry Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
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Ala Moradian is senior member of technical staff, scientist at Applied Materials inc. He is also an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Moradian joined Applied Materials in 2012 at the Varian Semiconductor Equipment in Gloucester, MA where he worked on the development of complex ion implanter systems, crystal growth technology and furnace development, and led multiple initiatives in advanced computational physics-based simulation capabilities for product development. He has held multiple technical roles in developing products for semiconductor manufacturing at Applied, including epitaxy thin film systems as well as III-V materials chambers and the development of processes. Some of other areas of his research/work has been high temperature materials processes, in-situ metrology technology development, novel heating, cooling, and thermometry technologies, use of sensors and algorithms to enable fault-detection and auto-correction.
Dr. Moradian led development of concepts for next generation of surgical ophthalmic equipment at Bausch & Lomb (now Bausch Health) 2008-12 in St Louis, MO. He developed an R&D lab equipped with the state-of-the-art testing, analysis, and prototyping capabilities and spearhead competitive benchmarking of products and proposed multiple new products, several of which were successfully launched to the market.
During a postdoctoral fellowship funded by NSERC strategic grant, he led the multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of a novel method for large scale production of carbon nanotube at the University of Sherbrook QC and University of Toronto (joint development).
Dr. Moradian has published more than 20 archival journal papers and conference proceedings. He holds more than 13 patents in the area of medical devices, crystal growth, semiconductor processing equipment, equipment for thin film deposition, and temperature measurement. He is passionate about technology and engineering education. Dr. Moradian has been a program evaluator (PEV) for ABET (accreditation board for engineering and technology) since 2013 and served on multiple program reviews as a PEV, representing ASME. He has served as the section chair, vice-chair, and secretary of ASME, ECLIPE intern at the ASME center for education and global outreach, as well as ASME global scholarship and awards committee. He has been serving on NSF proposal review committees both in technical and commercial capacities (small business grants) since 2015.
Dr. Moradian has B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (U of Toronto, 2007) in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business/management from Harvard (2020).
Dr. Moradian’s primary research interests are product development, advanced materials processing, semiconductor manufacturing, computational methods for process modeling and virtual fabrication, digital twin, and multi-physics modeling for product design optimization and manufacturing.
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