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Lester DCruz

  • PhD, MBA
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • 32PublicationsNumber of items in Lester's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 11Followers

Recent publications

  • Feasibility Studies on the Integration of Porous Low-k Materials for Sub 65nm Node Technology, Applied Materials Engineering and Technology (ET) Conference.

    • Mehul Naik
    • et al
  • Post Via Etch Defect Resolution for FSG Cu Damascene at IBM, Applied Materials Engineering and Technology (ET) Conference.

    • Bipin Thakur
    • et al

Professional experience

Adjunct Professor

Saint Mary's College of California

July 2011 - Present

Founder and Principal

Linkedbiz Labs

February 2009 - Present

Programs Manager, Senior Technical Staff

Applied Materials, Inc

October 1997 - February 2009(11 years)

Member of the Technical Staff

Watkins-Johnson Company

November 1995 - October 1997(2 years)

Materials Scientist

Rasor Associates, Inc

November 1992 - September 1995(3 years)


MBA, Executive Management

St Mary's College of California

January 2008 - June 2009(a year)

PhD Engineering

Arizona State University

Masters Engineering

Carnegie Mellon Univ.

Bachelors in Technology

The Indian Institute of Technology


Dr. Lester D’Cruz is a Technology and Business Professional known for relentlessly listening for the core issues behind a problem, and following through with meaningful solutions. He launched his engineering career with the completion of his bachelor, masters and PhD degrees at prominent engineering institutions, followed by 16 years of solid technical leadership in fast-paced, intensely competitive engineering companies. Over the last 14 years, Lester has gained substantial large account technology management experience while working for leading semiconductor equipment manufacturers (Applied Materials, Inc, Watkins-Johnson Company). Here he worked closely with sophisticated, and demanding semiconductor manufacturers in Asia, Europe and US. He managed critical technical programs by interacting closely with the customer development and manufacturing teams, making their satisfaction his primary goal. Internally, he established efficient working relationships with all divisional technology managers, thereby delivering the best possible value to his customers. Lester is acutely aware that the world’s technology-driven economy is in a state of transformation towards symbiotic, collaborative partnerships. He is eager to apply his business education to the evolution of collaborative business processes for small and medium sized enterprises. In this regard, he is equipped to add immediate value to commercial enterprises in the emerging sectors of renewable energy, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Furthermore, he envisions these engagements will allow him to build systems that enhance the creation and flow of knowledge in the lean, agile enterprises of the 21st century.

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