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Kimo M. Welch

Kimo M. Welch
Office: (530) 644-3662
kimowelch@comcast.net
 
EDUCATION
Master of Science Degree
Bachelor of Science Degree
Electrical Engineering
Physics
Stanford University, 1972
University of the Pacific, 1967

SUMMARY

Extensive experience in P&L, Operations and R&D management. Hold fourteen patents, two IR-100 Awards. Emeritus member and Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, former member of the Society of Vacuum Coaters; taught extensively for both of these societies. Chaired the AVS Cryopump Recommended Practices Committee (work completed in 1999). Past Chair of the Vacuum Technology Division of the American Vacuum Society (2000). Frequent referee for Jour. Vac. Sci. Technol. Vacuum Technology Editor, and write monthly columns ( Kimo's Corner ) for Vacuum Technology & Coating magazine. Specialize in vacuum technology including total and partial pressure gauging, pumping methods (all), materials and processes, outgassing, joining (e.g., welding, brazing and vacuum joints), leak detection, basic theory, and system design and performance. Published ~85 articles and three books (see following listing). Lifetime Instructor's Credential (#44236, Sept. 1973) in California Community Colleges, having taught mathematics and electrical engineering courses. Volunteer Tutor and Surrogate Parent of the Year for State of California , Department of Youth Authority (2003).

WORK EXPERIENCE

2/02 11/05 VOLUNTEER MATH TUTOR: California Youth Authority, Ione , California .

 

4/98 - CONSULTANT, AUTHOR & LECTURER

 

2/96 - 3/98 GENERAL MANAGER, HIGH VACUUM PUMPS: Ebara Technologies, Inc.

High Vacuum Pump Product lines, and Cryopump Engineering Department. P&L responsibility for cryopump business segment. Formerly, as Engineering Manager successfully staffed up cryopump engineering department.

2/87 - 2/96 BROOKHAVEN NAT. LAB.: SR. PROJECT MANAGER:

Vacuum group leader of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Formerly vacuum group leader of Alternating Gradient Synchrotron Department of BNL where refurbished the AGS to decrease operating pressures from 1-2x10 -7 to <10 -8 Torr, and to improve reliability and maintainability for acceleration of very high intensity proton beams and heavy ions (e.g., Au +79). The RHIC, operating in the 10 -12 to 10 -10 Torr pressure region, is a heavy ion collider. Strong management and theoretical skills required in defining technical requirements, system modeling, scheduling and manpower loading, appropriating funds and executing projects. Managed a group of 13 engineers and technicians, and $12.4M construction budget.

2/83 - 2/87 PRODUCT LINE MANAGER:

P & L Manager of $15M/y Product Group in the Litton Electron Devices Division. Managed managers of Sales, Engineering and Manufacturing in designing, manufacturing and the sales of high voltage TWTA power supplies and subsystems used in ECM & radar system applications. Initially charged with and successfully developed an S-band, coaxial magnetron.

3/82 - 2/83 PRESIDENT & FOUNDER: Dynatec Associates, Inc., a technical consulting firm.

 

1/74 - 3/82 VARIAN ASSOCIATES:

Manufacturing Operations Manager of Vacuum Components Division of Varian. Staff of two manufacturing facilities reported to me. Annual sales ~$20M. Manufactured sputter-ion pumps & supplies; cryopumps, vacuum gauging; UHV hardware, etc.

DIVISION R&D MANAGER: Varian Associates; managed annual R&D budget of $3.5M. Six departments; staff of 80 scientists, engineers, technicians and drafts people reported to me. Developed semiconductor coaters (e.g., 3180); Gen II MBE equipment; surface physics equipment; vacuum hardware. The 3180 and its successors have been one of the most successful semiconductor coater lines in the world; also, over 100 Gen II MBE systems have been sold.

R&D DEPARTMENT HEAD: Varian Associates; "hands on" management of R&D of Pumps & Instruments product line. Started as R&D engineer, then given product line R&D responsibility. My team subsequently developed eleven (11) new and successful products.

7/62 - 1/74 STANFORD STAFF MEMBER:

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, for several years did applied research in areas of high temperature technology, multipactor suppression, Penning discharge, vacuum materials and processes; accelerator vacuum system design. Initially employed as Klystron Liaison Engineer.

8/59 - 7/62 RAYTHEON COMPANY, ME:

Spencer Labs; microwave tube development engineer. Hired to develop and qualify high temperature, vacuum tube processing equipment. Developed C-band, dielectrically tuned, multi-cavity klystron with magnetron injection cathode.

12/56 - 7/59 G.E. MICROWAVE LABORATORY, TUBE TECHNICIAN:

TIG welding, H2 brazing. Designed and constructed, with assistance of physicists, tube vacuum processing equipment and heat exchangers.

1953 - 1956 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER, DESIGN DRAFTSMAN:

Advanced to designer two years after being hired as R&D Dept. welder-fitter. Obtained three patents on complex mechanisms in six months.

1949 - 1953 JOURNEYMAN WELDER/FITTER: Shipyards and Industry in Stockton, CA.
PERONSAL DATA
Born: July 20, 1935
Height: 5'11"
Place of Birth: Kauai, Hawaii
Weight: 198 Lbs.
Marital Status: Married 54 Years
Health: Excellent
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