4 April 2022
AKHAN appoints Kirk Hasserjian to board
AKHAN Semiconductor Inc of Gurnee, Lake County, IL, USA – which was founded in 2013 and specializes in the fabrication and application of synthetic, lab-grown, electronics-grade diamond materials – says that Kirk Hasserjian has joined its board of directors, supporting the commercialization of its Miraj Diamond Platform.
“I’ve been very impressed by AKHAN’s Miraj Diamond technology, the team, and its ability to serve and disrupt big markets,” comments Hasserjian. “The company’s inventions and R&D are exceptional – and I look forward to supporting their operations, manufacturing cell optimization and overall growth plans,” he adds.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kirk for many years at both Intel and Applied Materials, and know first-hand his amazingly diverse skillset,” comments chairman of the board Tom Lacey. “His experience successfully scaling multiple technologies into high-volume markets [including AI/machine learning techniques for improved equipment performance] is directly relevant to our business objectives.”
Hasserjian’s career has spanned over 38 years in the high-tech arena with a variety of leadership roles in R&D, operations, manufacturing, development, and data analytics. He’s held technical and management positions at Intel, Formfactor, and Applied Materials. He is also a former director on the board of silicon carbide (SiC) crystal growth firm GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). Hasserjian received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University.
“We are confident he will help us avoid potential pitfalls associated with the commercialization of new technologies and quickly achieve our high-volume production goals,” says CEO Craig Mitchell.