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William Hinsberg

Bill is founder and Principal of Columbia Hill Technical Consulting in Fremont California. He received his BS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and his PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Following postdoctoral work at Stanford University, and a research position at Chevron Research, Bill joined IBM's General Products Division, working in thin-film process chemistry for magnetic recording devices. Soon after he moved to IBM's Research Division, serving twice as manager of the Lithography Materials group at the IBM's Almaden Research Center. Four photoresists developed by Bill and co-workers have been used for the commercial manufacture of microelectronic devices. He has received a number of awards for his technical work, including the Leo J. Friend Award sponsored by the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Section of the American Chemical Society, the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year, and the 1998 IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award. He served for five years as Associate Editor for the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. Bill has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific articles and is an inventor on more than 30 US Patents.

Frances Houle

Frances is Department Head for Science of Large Scale Systems at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis and a Senior Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She received the BA from the University of California at Irvine and the PhD from the California Institute of Technology, both in chemistry. Following her postdoctoral work at LBNL and the UC Berkeley Chemistry Department she held professional appointments as Research Staff Member in the IBM Research Division in San Jose, California, Manager of Materials Development at InVisage Technologies, a startup company making nanoparticle-based image sensors, and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Chemical Sciences Division at LBNL. She has received numerous awards including the 2009 American Vacuum Society John A Thornton Memorial Award and Lecture, the 1999 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year, and the 1998 IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Fellow of the AVS, and member of the American Chemical Society and Materials Research Society. She has been active in professional service, including the Council and Executive Board of the APS, Editorial Committee of the Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry, Board of Trustees of the AVS, and Selection and Scheduling Committee of the Gordon Research Conferences. She currently serves on the New Meetings Subcommittee of the Materials Research Society, and on several LBNL committees. She has over 125 publications and 26 US patents and patent applications.

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