Alan holds a BSEE and a MSEE from Arizona State University which he completed in 1984. He received his Ph.D from the University of New Mexico in 1996. Alan is currently the External Foundry ESD Advisor for Analog Devices in Wilmington, MA. He is involved with product lines around the world in different business units such as Converters, DSP, MEMS, Energy, Medical, Video, and Amplifiers.
He consults with the design and product engineering teams on pin specific and whole chip ESD planning / design, ESD testing, ESD DRC (design rule checking) and simulation, CDM ESD as it relates to packaging type and pinout, analysis of on-chip ESD failures, and ESD control issues on manufacturing lines. Prior to joining Analog Devices in 1997, Alan worked at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM for 13 years in the areas of IC design, test, product engineering, reliability test and failure analysis.
Alan became a member of the ESD Association in 1997. In 2007, he joined Standards Device Testing working groups and is currently involved in WG5.1, WG5.2, WG5.3.1, WG5.4, WG5.5, WG5.6, and WG14. He was appointed chairman of WG5.3, Charged Device Model, in 2008. Alan is also a member of the Standards Committee. Alan has offered his support to the EOS/ESD Symposium as author / co-author of seven papers and session chair of System Level EOS/ESD session at 2009 Symposium. He has also led two Symposium workshops (Layout for ESD Robustness) in 2007 and (CDM) in 2008. Alan continues his support as a member of the Northeast ESDA Local Chapter.
When asked about his involvement with ESDA, Alan said, “Being involved with the ESD Association has helped me tremendously. I have improved my leadership skills working as CDM JWG Co-Chair with a talented, dedicated CDM working group. I enjoy the friendships and working relationships I have developed with many people in the ESDA. From my ESDA involvement, I have broadened my ESD education in the testing, design and control areas. I am especially encouraged to see that these ESD disciplines are working more closely together; this is critical for future development and success in ESD control and education worldwide. I value working with the researchers/leaders in the ESD Association and I am grateful for my company’s (Analog Devices) continued support.”
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Alan currently lives in Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Amanda. The couple has been married for 27 years and have four children, Dan (25), Sonia (22), David (19) and Nikki (14). Alan says he enjoys traveling, family activities, reading, spicy Mexican food, Monty Python, and driving his red Mini Cooper.