Role in the KNI
Bert Mendoza is the Lab Coordinator and the Safety Officer for The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at The California Institute of Technology. In his role he assists with daily laboratory operations, training new KNI laboratory members and maintaining KNI laboratory supplies. Direct equipment responsibilities include: Suss MA6/BA6 Mask Aligners, GCA 6300 DSW Stepper, Heidelberg DWL-66 Laser Lithography, Tousimis 915B Critical Point Dryer, Dynatex GST-150 Scriber/Breaker, WestBond 7476D Wire Bonder, XeF2 Silicon Etcher. He is also responsible for overlooking the Wet Chemistry Room and Optical Lithography rooms.
Bert joined Caltech in March 2017 in his current role at the KNI.
Before working for the Kavli Nanoscience Institute, Bert worked for Caelux Corporation for 5 years as a Process Engineer. He also processed in the KNI laboratory as a Corporate Member during that time. At Caelux, Bert maintained the lab equipment and support systems for the cleanroom laboratory along with his duties of processing Silicon wafers.
Bert worked for Sepulveda Investment Properties as a Maintenance Technician from 2007 to 2012. Part of his duties included: General Construction, Installation of Mechanical Equipment and Maintaining Rental Properties.
Bert has worked for Rockwell International, Conexant and Jazz Semiconductor in the Newport Beach facility for over 25 years combined. Most of his experience is from the Process Engineering Department. Areas of experience include: Photolithography, Wet and Dry Etching, Thin Films (furnace and deposition tools), Ion Implant, Final Device Testing and Chemical Mechanical Polishing.
List of Managed Instruments
- Contact Mask Aligners: Suss MicroTec models MA6 & MA6/BA6
- i-Line Wafer Stepper: GCA model 6300
- Direct-Write Laser System: Heidelberg Instruments DWL-66
- Profilometer: Veeco Dektak 3ST
- Light Microscope: Olympus BX51M with Filmetrics Spectroscopic Reflectometer
- Scriber-Breaker: Dynatex GST-150
- Critical Point Dryer: Tousimis Automegasamdri 915B
- Wedge-Wedge Wire Bonder: Westbond model 7476D-79
- Electrical Probing Station: Cascade Microtech M150