7 January 2010


Kyma announces new hires

Kyma Technologies Inc of Raleigh, NC, USA, which supplies crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) and aluminum nitride (AlN) materials, has announced several new hires and staffing changes.

Dr Heather Splawn has joined Kyma in the newly created position of director of business development, responsible for helping the firm capitalize on new business growth opportunities. Splawn recently completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering at Duke University and has a track record of leadership, with experience including president of Duke University’s Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC) and president of Upsilon Phi Epsilon (an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines).

In addition, Dr Troy Baker and Dr Ziad Herro have been hired as crystal growth engineers, responsible for helping to advance the firm’s GaN and AlN crystal growth manufacturing capabilities. Both have strong backgrounds in the physics and engineering of wide-bandgap semiconductor crystal growth, says Kyma. Baker received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) under the direction of professor Shuji Nakamura. Herro received his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics jointly between The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and The University of Montpellier 2, Groupe d’Etude des Semiconducteurs, France.

Also, Greg Mulholland has been promoted to director of operations, while VP of business development has been added to Dr Edward Preble’s existing role of chief operating officer (becoming COO & VP business development).

“The leadership shown by Ed and Greg is making a great impact throughout our organization,” says Kyma’s president & CEO Dr Keith Evans. “The technical contributions by Troy and Ziad are already accelerating progress in our substrate development and production activities. And with the addition of Heather, we can now apply proper bandwidth to a number of opportunities,” he adds. “Going forward, I am bullish on our ability to continue to stimulate and penetrate the market for advanced nitride semiconductor materials – through great customer focus, a relentless pursuit of continuous product improvement and new product development, and a keen eye towards new business development opportunities.”

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