Kyma Chief Scientist Tanya Paskova Transitions to Academia

02 September 2011 - Raleigh, NC

Kyma Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of crystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) and gallium nitride (GaN) and related products and services, today announced the departure of Dr. Tanya Paskova, who after serving in the role of Chief Scientist for Kyma since 2007, is returning to academia to continue her career, focusing on crystal growth and characterization of III-V semiconductor materials and devices.  Her relationship with Kyma will continue in a new form as she is joining Kyma’s Technical Advisory Board.

Dr. Paskova has helped Kyma to better understand the materials properties and improve the manufacturability of its bulk and template nitride semiconductor products, including bulk GaN substrates with different surface orientations, GaN templates, AlN templates, and most recently aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN) templates.  Additionally, she has served as Principle Investigator (PI) on a number of government R&D projects mostly focused on development of bulk GaN substrates, as well as their application for a number of homoepitaxial nitride devices.  She was also one of the major contributors to the growth of Kyma’s intellectual property portfolio. While at Kyma she has authored or co-authored a number of key scientific publications, in partnership with several well-known academic groups and government laboratories.

“Tanya has contributed to Kyma’s progress at a very high level and her understanding of the III-N materials system is unsurpassed,” commented Keith Evans, Kyma’s president & CEO.  “We are extremely supportive of the next chapter in her career and are especially hopeful we will be able to continue to benefit from her talents and interests as her key strategic industry collaboration partner.” Dr Paskova added: "Being Chief Scientist with Kyma for four years has been a tremendous professional opportunity and a much valued experience. I look forward to maintaining a close relationship with the Kyma team and pursuing new avenues for collaboration in the future.”

As a new member of Kyma’s Technical Advisory Board, Dr. Paskova joins Dr. Jeffrey T. Glass (Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Hogg Family Director, Engineering Management & Entrepreneurship, Duke University) and Dr. John F. Muth (Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University).

Dr. Paskova has been holding the position of Adjunct Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University since 2009.  She obtained her academic degrees from Sofia University (Bulgaria) and Linköping University (Sweden). She held posts as an assistant professor at Sofia University, a visiting lecturer and an associate professor at Linköping University and University of Bremen (Germany). She spent most of her career working in the group of Professor Bo Monemar, focusing on development of GaN epitaxial growth and study of basic properties of nitride materials and structures. Dr. Paskova is an editor of two scientific books  and author of more than ~220 scientific papers, reviews and chapters in prestigious journals and books, and has given several invited talks at international conferences and seminars at renowned universities, national laboratories and large industrial companies. She is  an Associate Editor for Journal of Crystal Growth and a member of several referee boards for research foundations and well known physics journals.

About Kyma Technologies:

Kyma is a leading supplier of crystalline nitride semiconductor materials including gallium nitride (GaN), aluminum nitride (AlN), and aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN) and related products and services.

The market for nitride semiconductor devices was $12B in 2010 and is expected to reach $90B over the long term, including $60B in visible lighting applications and $30B in power electronics applications.

Kyma’s materials products enable higher electrical efficiency in all of their customers’ applications, in support of a greener tomorrow.

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