Short Course Instructors | Abe Ghanbari

Abe Ghanbari


Dr. Ghanbari is the Chief Solutions Officer of Semblant, a nano-technology company. He directs the company’s technology, product development, and market launch. He is an experienced executive with extensive background in the semiconductor, electronics, optics/photonics, and solar industries. He has led the accelerated development and deployment of more than 50 state-of-the-art capital equipment products employing leading edge plasma and thin film technologies. Throughout his career, he has developed technologies, products, and processes for providing solutions that meets the needs of customers in emerging markets.

Prior to Semblant, Abe was Vice President at NovaSolar Technologies where he was responsible for development and deployment of solar processing technologies and equipment for China’s factory. Formerly, Abe spent a number of years at Sony, Applied Materials, and VLOC Corporation where he held a variety of product development and general management roles. Abe started his career in R&D at Varian Corporation. He currently serves on the advisory board of several technology centers, start-ups, and well-established companies.

Abe received his PhD in Engineering & Applied Physics from Cornell University, MS in Plasma Science, and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s College with emphasis in operations and marketing management.


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