Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today that three of its technology experts will make presentations at worldwide solar industry events and tradeshows in May 2009. Veeco's Sr. Director of Business Development and Product Marketing, John Patrin, Ph.D., Erik Novak, Ph.D., Director of R+D and Technical Development and Thomas Lampros, Director of Process at Veeco Solar, will speak to manufacturing trends, latest technologies and industry roadmaps for the thin film solar market.
Veeco recently introduced its FastFlex Web Coating Systems for CIGS (copper, indium, gallium, selenium) solar cell manufacturing into its already successful line of solar products: thermal deposition sources for CIGS, MOCVD systems, and a complete suite of thin film and surface roughness metrology systems.
About John Patrin, Ph.D.
John Patrin joined Veeco in 2004 and is currently the Sr. Director of Business Development and Product Marketing for Veeco's CIGS thermal source products. John started his career at Park Scientific Instruments in 1994 as a Product Manager and later became an Engineering Manager at FSI International. Prior to joining Veeco, he was Director of Product Marketing at Wavecrest from 2000-2004. John has a B.S. in Physics from St. John's University and a Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He holds three patents and is the author of numerous publications in technical and trade journals.
About Erik Novak, Ph.D.
Erik Novak joined Veeco (then Wyko Corporation) in 1994 as a student intern, and received his Ph.D. from University of Arizona under Jim Wyant, one of Wyko's cofounders and current Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona. He has been an optical engineer, product manager for products in telecommunications, large optics metrology, and optical profiling, and managed the Veeco Optical Metrology Engineering Group. Since 2006, he has directed the research and applications development activities for Veeco's stylus and optical products.
About Thomas Lampros
As Director of Process at Veeco Solar, Thomas Lampros is responsible for development of processes to deposit and characterize CIGS solar cells. Mr. Lampros has over twenty years of experience in photovoltaics. At Daystar Technologies, he established a pilot line for the production of high-efficiency CIGS solar cells, and at the Institute for Energy Conversion, he participated in the research and development of CIGS, CdTe and a-Si solar cells. He developed processes for the pilot production of a-Si modules at BP Solar, and managed AstroPower's Concentrator PV Program. Mr. Lampros earned degrees of M.S. Materials Science from University of Delaware and a B.S. Engineering Physics from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo, and is a member of the IEEE, ASES and a Board Member of NYSEIA.