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David Hackleman holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He recently retired as Chief Technologist, Technology Development Operation at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis.
In 2003, after 25 delightful years, I elected to retire from Hewlett-Packard Company from my position of Chief Technologist, Ink-Jet Technology Operation. The reader is likely familiar with the premier product of that operation, the Ink-Jet printer.
My position immediately prior to the Chief Technologist position was that of “Section Manager” for the Integrated Circuit Test and Measurements for the HP Thermal Ink-Jet print-head devices. This group was composed of Managers, Engineers, Technicians, Supervisors, and Operators, and ran 24 hours a day, every day. Yield improvements as well as overall IC process quality control are included. It was basically similar to operating a modest scale business, with a few hundred employees. Immediately prior to that position, I was responsible for about half of the Engineering team for the start-up of a new IC/Thin film fabrication facility for HP – the one that made the IC’s that would then be tested by this IC Test facility. The Engineering team developed the process and selected the equipment to be installed and operated. It was a multi-million dollar project, delivered on time and below estimated cost.
In 2003, OSU’s School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering - CBEE (Then known as the ChE Department) kindly offered me the Term Faculty position and honorary recognition of the “Linus Pauling Chair” which is supported through an endowment by Pete and Rosalie Johnson. I ‘retired’ from that position in 2008, and have been working “pro-bono” here at OSU since that time. OSU Provides me with an office and the position title of “Courtesy Professor”, both of which are gratefully appreciated.