SALEM, Ore. -- A crystal-growing expert formerly with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been appointed vice president of engineering and technology at Mitsubishi Silicon America Inc. here.
Joel Kearns will lead a group of scientists and engineers to enhance MSA's core technology functions and to align its silicon wafer products and processes with global-customer supportrequirements.
Kearns joined MSA in 1999 as technical director of crystal growing. He has been active in crystal growth processes and product development, guiding engineering activities and directing cooperative technical projects with MSA customers.
Kearns has extensive background and expertise in crystal growth engineering and technology. Prior to joining MSA, Kearns was manager of the National Microgravity Research Program for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and manager of the Microgravity Materials Science program for NASA headquarters.
Kearns earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is completing his master's degree.