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Plenary Speakers

Dr Andrew W Nelson OBEDr Drew Nelson
President and Chief Executive Officer, IQE

Dr Drew Nelson has over 30 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry in a variety of research and managerial positions. Following a PhD in Semiconductor Physics, he joined BT Research Laboratories in 1981, leading the group responsible for the development of advanced optoelectronic devices for optical fibre communications. He subsequently managed the technology transfer from BT to Agilent for mass production. He co-founded EPI in 1988 (which became IQE in 1999) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of IQE Plc in April 1999.

Dr Nelson has held several Non-Executive Directorship appointments, and served on several Government and Industry bodies. He received an OBE in 2001 for services to the Electronics Industry. He is currently a member of the High Level Group appointed by the EC to oversee the implementation of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) throughout Europe.
Plenary Talk: Overview of the UK’s Compound Semiconductor Cluster
Monday 3rd September, 09:10

Shane O’Donnell
Senior Manager, Systems Design & Aerospace Centre of Excellence, Microsemi

ShShane ODonnellane O’Donnell is the Senior Manager of Systems Design and manages the Aerospace Centre of Excellence in Microsemi’s Integrated Power SolutionsTM business unit. Mr. O’Donnell joined Microsemi Ireland in 2009 as Principal Engineer and in 2011 became the Product Engineering Manager and lead the development of the non-hermetic discrete product range. In 2014, Mr. O’Donnell became the Aerospace Product Development and Technology Manager for the IPS range before transitioning to his current roles.
Prior to Microsemi, Mr. O’Donnell spent 13 years working as an electronics design engineer with medical companies such as Vitalograph, Respironics and Crospon. Mr. O’Donnell holds a B.Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Limerick and is completing a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the University of Nottingham. The area of Mr. O’Donnell’s research is the Reliability of Wide Bandgap Semiconductors and their use in More Electric Aircraft.

Plenary Talk: How silicon carbide technology is enabling the development of “More Electric Aircraft”
Monday 3rd September: 09:25

Peter Friedrichs

Dr. Peter FriedPeter Friedrichsrichs was born in 1968 in Aschersleben, Germany. After achieving his Dipl.-Ing. in microelectronics from the Technical University of Bratislava in 1993, he started a Ph.D work at the Fraunhofer Institut FhG-IIS-B in Erlangen. In 1996 he joined the Corporate Research of the Siemens AG and was involved in the development of power switching devices on SiC, mainly power MOSFETs and vertical junction FETs.

Peter Friedrichs joined SiCED GmbH & Co. KG, a company being a joint venture of Siemens and Infineon and originated from the former Siemens research group, on March the 1st, 2000. Since July 2004 he was the managing director of SiCED, responsible for all technical issues. After the integration of SiCED’s activities into Infineon he joined Infineon as Senior Director Silicon Carbide from April 1st, 2011.
Plenary Talk: SiC MOSFET Developments
Monday 3rd September: 09:45