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Howard Somberg

22432 Degrasse Drive

Calabasas, California 91302
Career Objective: Seeking challenging engineering or manufacturing position in
photovoltaics, microelectronics or related field.
Professional Summary: Senior level engineer with diverse technical background.
A results-oriented individual with creative solutions involving electronic mater
ials synthesis and fabrication. Well experienced in offshore manufacturing imple
mentation of high volume products; experienced in TQM, Six Sigma, ISO 9000 and S
Background includes knowledge and hands-on experience in thick and thin film tec
hnology, microelectronic packaging, microjoining, vacuum deposition processes (C
VD, PVD, etc.), materials analysis (SEM, XRD, GC/MS, etc.), electrodeposition (e
lectroless and electroforming), PCB/flex circuits, electronics and electro-mecha
nical assembly.
Well experienced in materials and process development, including metal preparati
on, coatings, finishes, high purity silicones and silane primers, wet process de
velopment, microfabrication, semiconductor manufacturing processes, machining pr
ocesses, and metal fabrication.

General Qualifications
a Problem-solving skills: Conscientious and resourceful in analyzing complex da
ta and developing solutions; out-of-the box thinker.
a Communication skills: Routinely reports clearly and persuasively with strong
people skills; works well in team environment.
a Management experience: Very good in supervisory position, manages and mentors
engineers and manufacturing personnel very well.
a Product development: Project management and successful product & process deve
lopment using company resources effectively.
Professional Experience So
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Global PV Specialists - Chatsworth, California 2/01-pre
Manager of Engineering & Advanced Development a" Directs interdisciplinary techn
ical group for product development. Manages offshore M&P and manufacturing group
. Responsible for IP development of electrodeposited thin film silicon and rice
hull paper batteries.
Who Vision? (Ethentica) * - Lake Forest, California 9/98-2/
Manufacturing Manager a" Biometrics product development and transfer to offshore
production. Fingerprint device used for secure entry in computers and financial
transactions. Developed manufacturing procedures and hardware test protocol, wo
rking closely with engineering group for transfer of designs to contract manufac
turer. Traveled extensively to identify and select appropriate microelectronics
Global PV Specialists - Canoga Park, California 1/81-
Chief Engineer a" Directed interdisciplinary technical group in the development
of automation and processes for integrated solar cell factories and product deve
lopment. Headed design of specialized manufacturing and test equipment, and coor
dinated with overseas clients for various turnkey projects. Initiated technical
efforts resulting in projects for advisory services and feasibility studies in B
razil, China, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Venezuela, and the Middle East.
ARCO Solar, Inc. - Camarillo, California 7/
Manager, Materials and Processes a" Directed group of engineers in the developme
nt of materials and automation for the worldas first 1MWp integrated solar cell
factory. Was Principal Investigator on DOE/JPL contract for PV module manufactur
ing equipment and automation.

* Sabbatical taken from Global PV Specialists to assist new start-up in biometr


Professional Experience Contad Somberg page 3

Spectrolab/Hughes Aircraft Co. - Sylmar, California 2/72-7/78
Staff engineer a" Worked in technical areas of solar cell/solar panel developmen
t and manufacturing support. Led electroforming section for metal optics used i
n solar simulation, and invented process for molybdenum-silver solar cell array
interconnections. Performed advanced research in semiconductor and solar cell pr
ocesses. Worked on such notables as Skylab, the first U.S. space laboratory, an
d developed advanced materials used on the International Space Station.
Also worked at the Technology Support Division (Culver City) in support of advan
ced electronics, large-area hybrid microelectronics, and solar array assembly. P
rovided technical support for microjoining, soldering methods, adhesives, failur
e and chemical analysis, and electronics assembly.
B.A. Chemistry, California State University, Los Angeles
Technical publications, 25, available upon request
Honors and Awards
Global PV Specialists - numerous compensation awards for excellence in performan
ce a" 1981-1998 and 2001-2009
ARCO Solar, Inc. a" Incentive Compensation Award a" October 1980
Apollo Achievement Award (NASA) a" November 1973
Languages and Professional Affiliations
Fluent in Swahili and conversant in scientific German
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, The Electrochemical Society