Executive Team - Click on name for bio and email address
- Craig Hillman, CEO and Managing Partner
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Dr. Hillman’s specialties include best practices in Design for Reliability (DfR), Pb-Free strategies for transitioning to Pb-free, supplier qualification (commodity and engineered products), passive component technology (capacitors, resistors, etc.), and printed board failure mechanisms. Dr. Hillman has over 40 Publications and has presented on a wide variety of reliability issues to over 250 companies and organizations.
- Post-doctoral fellowship (Cambridge University)
- Ph.D., Materials (University of California, Santa Barbara)
- B.S., Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science (Carnegie Mellon)
- Nathan Blattau, Senior Vice President
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Dr. Blattau has been involved in the packaging and reliability of electronic equipment for over eight years. Dr. Blattau is also experienced in failure analysis and accelerated testing methods. His primary research interests are in the areas of design-for-reliability in electronic packaging, nonlinear finite element analysis, solder joint reliability, fracture, and fatigue mechanics of materials.
- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland)
- M.S., Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland)
- B.S., Civil Engineering (University of Maryland)
- Chris Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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Chris Montgomery is an exceptional leader with the ability to architect and execute marketing strategies to enter new markets, develop product strategy, drive sales growth, architect turnarounds and create new service lines. He has a proven track record of building strong, high impact inside and outside sales teams to achieve rapid revenue/profit growth and capture key accounts.
Mr. Montgomery brings 30 years of business acumen including senior positions in management, strategic business development, and marketing. Most recently, Chris has held executive positions where he created and executed new market entry strategies, developed product strategy, drove sales growth, managed turnarounds, and created new service lines. Prior to joining DfR Solutions, Mr. Montgomery held the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer position for eCoast Sales Solutions, Inc. and President/CEO position at Intermedia Software, Inc. He also held the position Executive Vice President of Business Development at Sylvan Ventures, Inc. Chris holds degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Michael Howard, Director of Operations
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Michael Howard’s responsibilities include managing processes that assure product quality, facility security, and personnel safety. He serves as the management representative for the ISO 9001:2008 certified quality management system and manages project cost, technical, and schedule performance on all projects. Mr. Howard also directs internal audit and training programs to ensure compliance with contract requirements and maintain employee awareness of security and safety best-practices.
Additionally, Howard functions as a senior engineering resource for proposal development and project execution.
Mr. Howard brings more than 25 years of engineering and program management experience along with leadership and instructional skills to DfR Solutions. Prior to accepting this appointment, Mr. Howard functioned as an Internal Auditor at DfR Solutions. Before joining DfR Solutions, Howard held technical positions with ARINC Engineering Services in Maryland, the U.S. Air Force at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, and taught Aerospace Engineering at the high school level. Howard holds a MEng. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. He holds several certifications and memberships including ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor certification and is a member of the AIAA, INCOSE, and NCMS. He has also published a number of technical papers.
Senior Technical Team - Click on name for bio and email address
- Dock Brown
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Dock Brown brings his more than 30 years of electronics reliability experience to clients of DfR Solutions. Prior to joining DfR Solutions, he spent nearly 20 years at Medtronic where he most recently concentrated on the transition to RoHS materials and processes of harsh environment Class III medical devices. He was also responsible for supplier assessment and approval, on-going supplier audits, failure analysis, corrective actions, MRB, sampling, and ultimately full accountability for quality and reliability of COTS and custom parts and assemblies from a worldwide supplier base. Earlier in his career, Mr. Brown also spent time at Sundstrand Data Control where he led the implementation of the Boeing AQS program and with Olin Aerospace/Rocket Research.
- Greg Caswell
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Mr. Caswell is an industry renowned expert in the fields of SMT, advanced packaging, printed board fabrication, circuit card assembly, and bonding solutions using nanotechnology. He has been well-regarded as a leader in the electronics contract manufacturing and component packaging industries for the past 30 years. His previous appointments include Vice President of Business Development for Newport Enterprises, Director of Engineering for VirTex Assembly Services, and Technical Director at Silicon Hills Design. Most recently, Greg was the Vice President of Engineering at Reactive Nanotechnology (RNT), where he led application development for the RNT Nanofoil® and ensured a successful transition of product technology to Indium Corporation. Greg continues to be the leading expert in NanoBonding® implementation for component mounting applications.
- B.A., Management (St. Edwards University)
- B.S., Electrical Engineering (Rutgers University)
- Annie Drees
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Ms. Drees is an experienced circuit designer with a concentration in high speed digital design. Annie spent eight years at Dell, where she led teams to create and deliver high-end motherboards. Being on the frontlines of new technology, Annie has debugged silicon, circuit and software issues. Annie left Dell to pursue other opportunities in innovation. In the past year Annie has created custom engineering solutions for clients in diverse industries while working for SurfaceInk. Annie’s strengths in problem solving stem from her sharp analytical skills and methodical approach.
- James McLeish
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Mr. McLeish has 30 years of automotive Electrical/Electronics (E/E) experience. He has worked in systems engineering, design, development, production, validation, reliability and quality assurance of both components and vehicle systems. He holds three patents, is the author or co-author of three GM E/E validation and test standards and is credited with the introduction of Physics-of-Failure engineering techniques to GM.
- MSEE, Automotive Control Systems (Wayne State University)
- BSEE, Electronics Engineering (Lawrence Technological University)
- Gilad Sharon
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Dr. Sharon’s research focus was mechanical reliability of electronic systems and components. His doctoral research included solder reliability, MEMS structures characterization, embedded components failure analysis and particle beam accelerator mechanical fatigue. Gil worked at Amkor technology in the Advanced Product Development Group as Senior Engineer. His activity there explored chip-package interactions. Research Interests: Multidisciplinary reliability of complex electro mechanical systems. Characterization and modeling of material behavior. Mechanical performance of flip chip packages. Physics of failure of electromechanical and MEMS system.
- B.S. , Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland)
- Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland)
- Randy Schueller
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Dr. Schueller has held numerous management and leadership positions at companies including 3M and Extreme Devices (an Austin high tech start-up company), where he developed flex-based IC packages. He has also worked at Dell, where he assisted in resolving failures in IC packages, connectors, PWBs, and assembly issues. He currently holds 15 patents and has authored and presented over 30 papers within the electronics industry. Dr. Schueller is the head of DfR’s office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which opened in November 2008.
- Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering (University of Virginia)
- M.S., Materials Science and Engineering (University of Virginia)
- B.S., Physics (St. John’s University)
- Cheryl Tulkoff
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Cheryl Tulkoff is an industry renowned expert in the fields of semiconductor fabrication, electronics assembly, RoHS conversion, and reliability engineering and management. Prior to joining DfR, Ms. Tulkoff had an active leadership role both within her employer’s companies and among regional and national electronics and reliability organizations. At her most recent position at National Instruments, Cheryl developed a comprehensive reliability organization, including the creation of an internal failure analysis group and a closed loop reliability program. She has also taken the lead in process development and implementation in semiconductor fabrication through her work at Cypress Semiconductor in electronics assembly, and through her work at IBM. Cheryl is the head of DfR’s newest office located in Austin, Texas, which opened in February 2009.
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology)
- Ron Wunderlich
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Dr. Wunderlich is widely recognized as a leader in the design, analysis and diagnostics of power supply and analog circuitry. He is highly proficient in switch mode power supply design, analog circuitry, magnetic components, power supply switching ASICs and simulation at both macro level and device physics level. Customers have experienced a particularly high level of return on investment (ROI) with Ron’s Design for EMI/EMC activities. Ron has been responsible for power supply CCA and ASIC design and development, among other activities at Celestica and IBM. Dr. Wunderlich holds 6 patents and has authored 20 papers.
- Ph.D., Electrical Engineering (SUNY-Binghamton)
- MSEE, Electrical Engineering (Syracuse University)
- BSEE, Electrical Engineering (RIT)
- Ed Wyrwas
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Since joining DfR Solutions in 2007, Ed Wyrwas has held a number of senior IT and technical positions from Director of IT and Information Systems Security Manager to Chief Information Officer, and most recently as a senior member of the technical staff.
His research includes characterizing transistor failure behavior over a range of technology nodes and IP blocks. Specialties include root cause analysis, semiconductor device failure mechanisms, computer automation, integrated circuit stress testing, failure analysis, materials characterization, software development, information assurance, and information security.
Ed has published and presented papers in numerous industry publications and technical conferences both domestically and internationally. He also holds a copyright in Fault Location in Series Compensated Transmission Lines.
• B.S, Electrical Engineering (Widener University, College of Engineering)