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Almaden's 20th Anniversary


Dr. Juri Matisoo

Dr. Juri Matisoo is now retired and living in Saratoga, California.

He began his 30-year career with IBM in 1964 at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, as a research staff member in physical sciences, working on magnetism and superconductivity. In the 1970s he was engineering manager of the Josephson technology research program that explored the feasibility of developing fast computer processing circuits using novel superconducting structures.

In the early 1980s he was a member of the IBM's Corporate Technology Committee, reporting to Lewis Branscomb, IBM's chief scientist. On returning to Yorktown, he became the director of silicon technology, where his charter was to build up the deparment, broaden its scope to include memory and logic, establish a facility at Watson capable of producing functioning chips, and to work with East Fishkill and Burlington to smooth technology transfer from research to microelectronic project groups, especially through a formal joint program.

In 1987, Dr. Matisoo moved west to become director of the Almaden Research Center and vice president, storage. He was fortunate to preside over a very fruitful period of discovery and technology development at Almaden -- for example: writing with atoms, introducing thin-film heads into IBM's hard-disk-drive (HDD) products, forming a joint program in database technology, and adapting the giant magnetoresistive effect for use in HDD read elements. He retired from IBM in 1994.

Shortly after leaving IBM, he became vice-president, research, for the National Semiconductor Corp. in Sunnyvale, California, with the charter to establish a long-range research program for the company's benefit. He left National in 1997.

In 1999 he joined the Semiconductor Industy Association (SIA), as vice-president, technology. In this position, Dr. Matisoo had oversight responsibility for all of SIA's technology activities, including the SIA International Technology Roadmap (ITRS) for semiconductors -- a document that compiles the worldwide view of the technical hurdles the semiconductor industry needs to overcome to maintain its historic rate of progress. He also oversaw the SIA's university research programs, which are carried out by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and its subsidiaries. Additionally, Dr. Matisoo led the SIA Technology Strategy Committee, which consists of the technical leaders of all the SIA Board Companies, and during 2003-4 he was a member of the Technical Advisory Group to President Bush’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology, focusing on nanotechnology issues. He retired from SIA in mid-2004.

Dr. Matisoo obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D., also in Electrical Engineering, from the Universty of Minnesota, where he was the Control Data Corporation Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a winner of the IEEE Jack A. Morton Award (now called the Andrew S. Grove Award), given for outstanding contributions in solid-state devices.


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