2023 Microelectronics Forum

2023 Microelectronics Forum

July 25th, 2023 7:00am-10:00am EST   2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

Microelectronics – or tiny, complex circuits, machines and components – have been identified as one of the Department of Defense’s critical and emerging technologies that are vital to the United States’ national security. Serving as the “brain” behind electronic systems, microelectronics power commercial and military systems and enable nearly all Defense Department activities.

However, the country’s current reliance on foreign manufacturers is proving to be risky in the peer competition era, and government leaders are investing billions to bring chip manufacturing back to the homeland. Building on the momentum of the 2022 CHIPS Act, the United States semiconductor industry is poised for explosive growth. 

At the ExecutiveBiz Microelectronics Forum, semiconductor experts, government officials and industry leaders will convene to discuss the future of microelectronics in America and how increased domestic manufacturing will elevate our technological stance in a global context.

  • Diana Bauer
    Diana Bauer -
    Deputy Director, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    Dr. Diana Bauer is the Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) Dr. Bauer helps lead the strategic direction and execution of AMMTO’s funding to advance energy-related materials and manufacturing technologies to increase domestic competitiveness and build a clean, decarbonized economy. Dr. Bauer has departmental and interagency leadership roles in energy storage and critical materials. Before joining AMMTO, Diana directed the Office of Energy Systems Integration Analysis within the Department’s Office of Policy, where she and her staff looked at the connection between energy and other systems. She was the lead author of The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities in 2014. Also, in the policy office, she led the drafting of DOE’s 2010 and 2011 Critical Materials Strategy reports. Before coming to DOE, Diana led the extramural sustainability research program at the Environmental Protection Agency, which focused on green engineering, green chemistry, green buildings, and transportation systems. She has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a concentration in green design and manufacturing from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Michael Bowling
    Michael Bowling -
    Chief Executive Officer, Trenton Systems

    Michael Bowling is the CEO of Trenton Systems. He leads a team of dedicated professionals in building US-made high-performance computing solutions out of Atlanta, GA. Trenton Systems' solutions have supported missions, programs, and projects for our Armed Forces, critical infrastructure, and industrial and commercial sectors for over three decades. Michael has been part of this mission since 1998. Combining his passion for engineering and architecting solutions for customers, Michael understands the importance of building integrated end-to-end solutions for some of our nation's most critical use cases. This includes classified programs, private 5G ORAN-compliant solutions, cross-domain platforms, and more across a multitude of applications that touch radar, ISR, and EW applications, which require the highest speed compute/storage/connectivity, secure hardware platforms, and zero-trust architected software. Michael has dedicated his professional career to building solutions that withstand the test of time and environment with an industry-leading lifecycle and stringent military certifications to prove durability and survivability when it matters most. Team Trenton adopted this mantra long ago, and today is paving the way for the modern warfighter to have a tactical battlefield advantage, no matter where the mission leads.

  • Cameron Chehreh
    Cameron Chehreh -
    Vice President and General Manager, Intel Federal LLC

    Cameron Chehreh is Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group & General Manager of the Public Sector team. In the GM role, Cameron will lead our go-to-market efforts across our US Public Sector business. This includes US Federal civilian agencies, the Department of Defense & Intelligence community, defense contractors, and additional customers and partners. Cameron will also lead our SLG and newly formed Defense and Intelligence Base sales team within our US Public Sector organization. Cameron is an industry veteran who humbly started his 25-year career implementing technology in a variety of companies ranging from start-ups to fortune 10 organizations. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles within these organizations with an ethos of “mission first” which drives the success of the teams he has led. He views leadership as a privilege and sees himself as a servant leader focused on people and the success of the team. Cameron’s experience spans every facet of the industry from helping build the world’s first cloud computing company, USinternetworking in Annapolis, Maryland. He has also previously held roles with General Dynamics IT. Cameron is a public speaker on information technology topics, including digital transformation, cloud computing, cyber security, service-oriented architecture, data center consolidation and optimization, and business topics covering strategic outsourcing, IT to business alignment, government markets, business strategy and operations, and organizational change. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Engineering and Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. A former professional musician and trained audio engineer, Cameron loves music and spending time with his family. He lives outside of Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Christine and daughters Camryn and Chelsea.

  • Gus Hunt
    Gus Hunt -
    CEO, Hunt Technology, LLC

    Mr. Hunt is President and CEO of Hunt Technology, the company he started after his retirement from Federal service. Hunt Technology focuses on strategic IT planning, cyber and data-centric security, big data analytics, AI/ML, and cloud computing. Previously he was Managing Director and Cyber Lead for Accenture Federal Services in Arlington Virginia and Chief Architect for Bridgewater Associates, a hedge fund located in Westport, Connecticut. Mr. Hunt currently serves on the Board of Directors for ePlus and VAST Data Federal and on the Board of Advisors for iNovex, Intel Federal, Enlightenment Capital, and Mission Link. Mr. Hunt retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) after a 28 year career as their Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Mr. Hunt led the Agency’s move to the C2S cloud and the adoption of AI capabilities to support intelligence analysis and operations. Prior to becoming CTO, Mr. Hunt served as the Director of Applications Services for CIA charged with building the information technology capabilities that enable CIA’s operational and analytic missions. He set the vision and direction for application development at CIA by shifting to Agile Development techniques; implementing a service-oriented architecture; delivering Data and Security as a Service. Mr Hunt began his career in 1979 working as an aerospace engineer for Rockwell International. He holds a BE and ME in Civil/Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University inNashville, Tennessee. He is married with 2 grown children and 4 beautiful granddaughters.

  • Francis Kub
    Dr. Francis Kub -
    Senior Advisor, Electronics and Technology Division, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)

    Dr. Francis (Fritz) Kub is currently a Senior Advisor to the Electronic Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Kub received a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from South Dakota State University in 1972, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1985. He has greater than 240 journal publications and greater than 94 US patents. He was designated a Fellow of IEEE in 2011, received the University of Maryland Innovation Hall of Fame award in 2014, received the Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award in 2021, and received the Distinguished Engineer Award from South Dakota State University in 2010. He has received two Naval Research Laboratory Best Publication Awards, the Naval Research Laboratory Edison Award, and five Naval Research Laboratory Technology Transfer Awards. He has experience in submicron VLSI fabrication, charge coupled device fabrication, and wide bandgap SiC, GaN and Ga2O3 power switch fabrication. Selected topics of his patents have included 3-dimenional VLSI fabrication, Smartcut for ultra-thin SOI wafer fabrication, ultra-shallow P-type junction formation, compliant substrate fabrication, and an approach to make high quality 12-inch diameter GaN-on-polycrystalline wafers.

  • Mark Rosker
    Dr. Mark Rosker -
    Director, Microsystems Technology Office, Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

    Dr. Mark Rosker became director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) in April 2019. Prior to this, he was deputy director of Defense Sciences Office (DSO) beginning in April 2018. Prior to his most recent DARPA appointment, Dr. Rosker was a principal engineering fellow at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) in Rosslyn, Virginia, working to anticipate and recognize emerging technical directions and program opportunities within the government science and technology (S&T) community. From 2003 to 2011, Dr. Rosker was a program manager in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO). As program manager, he developed a portfolio of technical programs in gallium nitride and other compound semiconductor radio frequency (RF) device technologies, heterogeneous circuit integration, terahertz electronics, and quantum cascade lasers. One of Dr. Rosker’s programs, the Wide Band Gap Semiconductors for Radio Frequency Applications (WBGS-RF) program, was selected in 2016 for the prestigious “DARPA Game-Changer Award.” In 2009, Dr. Rosker became the deputy director of MTO, and he ended his first tour as the acting office director. Prior to 2003, Dr. Rosker worked in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, where he was a member of the submillimeter wave advanced technology group. Dr. Rosker was also at the Rockwell Scientific Co. (now Teledyne Scientific) in Thousand Oaks, California, from 1989 to 2003. His technical work there was in researching nonlinear optics, including photorefractive oscillators and visible and infrared frequency conversion materials and devices, time-domain spectroscopy of optical materials, and optical power limiters. He later led research groups within the materials science and the electronics divisions. From 1986 to 1989, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Caltech, where he performed fundamental studies (cited in the 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) observing the dynamics of unimolecular chemical reactions in real-time. He received his Bachelor of Science in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1981, and his Master of Science (1983) and doctorate (1987) in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University. In 2012, Dr. Rosker was selected as a Fellow of the IEEE for “his leadership in microwave and millimeter-wave phased arrays, gallium nitride semiconductors, and terahertz electronics.”

  • Benjamin Schwartz
    Benjamin Schwartz -
    National Security Director and Lead of the CHIPS Program Office's National Security Division, U.S. Department of Commerce

    Ben Schwartz entered U.S. government service through analytic positions at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of State then joined the civil service through the Presidential Managment Fellowship program. He subsequently served in a range of positions within the U.S. national security community, including at the Department of State, Department of Energy, and Department of Defense. Ben is the author of a variety of essays and reports as well as Right of Boom (Overlook Press) which considers threats posed by nuclear weapons. His written has appeared in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The American Interest, and the Diplomat and a variety of foreign press. Following his government service, Ben worked on trade policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, regulatory risk and investment banking at the Chertoff Group, aerial drone use for medical delivery at a Silicon Valley startup, technology competition in the Indo-Pacific at the Central for Naval Analysis, and government/corporate affairs at Infineon Technologies.  ​Ben is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

  • Dev Shenoy
    Dr. Dev Shenoy -
    Principal Director, Microelectronics (OUSD(R&E)), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Dr. Dev Shenoy joined the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, OUSD(R&E), as the Principal Director for Microelectronics in July 2021. In this role, Dr. Shenoy is responsible for leading the Department of Defense’s research and engineering efforts in Microelectronics. Prior to joining OUSD(R&E), Dr. Shenoy served as the Director of Microelectronics Innovation and as Director of Advanced Technologies at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute. Prior to joining USC/ISI, Dr. Shenoy served as Chief Engineer in the Advanced Manufacturing Office at the Department of Energy (DOE) HQ. In that role, he co-authored DOE’s 2015 QTR (Quadrennial Technology Review) that served as a blueprint for DOE’s energy technology investments. Among other initiatives, Dr. Shenoy proposed and led a “Big Idea” for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness within the Office of EERE (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) on “Beyond Moore Computing” with participation from eight DOE National Labs. Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Shenoy served as a Senior Advisor at the Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a detailee from the Army Night Vision and Sensors Directorate (NVESD) at Fort Belvoir. In that role, he co-led a Telecom initiative with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to explore U.S. opportunities in Optical networks. While at OSD/MIBP, Dr. Shenoy proposed and helped develop a public-private partnership in Photonics that led to the creation of the AIM Photonics Institute. Prior to serving at OSD/MIBP, Dev was a Program Manager at DARPA, (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), where he developed and managed cutting-edge technology programs in the areas of Spintronics, such as the STT-RAM (Spin Torque Transfer Random Access Memory) program, a technology that was successfully transitioned and commercialized; Dr. Shenoy also developed and led programs in Photonics and MEMS for defense and commercial applications. Dr. Shenoy has a Ph.D. in Physics from the prestigious Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and NSF postdoctoral experience from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • 7:00am - 8:00am EST


  • 8:00am - 8:05am EST

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • 8:05am - 8:45am EST

    Opening Keynote Address: Dr. Dev Shenoy

  • 8:45am - 9:00am EST

    Keynote Address: Dr. Mark Rosker

  • 9:00am - 10:00am EST

    Panel: The Crucial Role of Semiconductors in the Modern World: Unveiling the Power of a Tiny Chip

  • 10:00am - 10:05am EST

    Closing Comments

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