March's volunteer spotlight is Eugene Worley. Worley is a member of the Transient Latch-Up Device Testing Working Group, has been a guest of the Human Body Model Device Testing Working Group for over a year, a symposium workshop moderator for three years and a workshop panelist for five years, session chair for four years, and Technical Program Committee member for five years. Worley has been a member of the ESDA since 1991
Educational and professional background
Worley holds an MSEE from the University of California at Berkeley. He has worked in the area of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) for the last several years at Conexant/Rockwell and held the position of distinguished engineer. His activities have included defining ESD test chips down to 0.09µm, characterizing ESD test structures, designing ESD networks, supervising FA of parts that fail an ESD or latch-up specification, defining solutions for parts that fail ESD, and working with design engineers to pre-empt ESD problems. Patents include new ballasting methods for MOSFETs, a method of sharing power bus clamps among many isolated power domains; diode optimization for RF and high speed circuits; cross power domain architectures; and bipolar transient bus clamps. At present Worley is an independent ESD consultant and has teamed up with Chronicle Technology of Irvine to develop ESD test chips and perform test chip evaluation for the IC industry.
Personal information, interests, and hobbies
Worley is married with two children who are both in patent law. His main relaxation hobbies are gardening and working on house projects.
Benefits of being an ESDA volunteer
Worley credits the best aspect of working as a volunteer for the ESDA as “the great bunch of people I get to work with. Also, ESD is constantly creating new challenges and being active in ESDA working groups and the Technical Program Committee (TPC) allows me to learn about the issues and solutions to problems first-hand. Interesting discussions with fellow colleges is commonplace at these meetings. I would highly recommend anyone who is curious and loves problem solving to get involved with the issues confronting the working groups. It is also gratifying to see your work appear in documents distributed throughout the industry. Working on the [EOS/ESD Symposium] TPC is to be part of one of the best symposiums in industry.”