Former Freescale research head to lead ENIAC - Embedded.com

Former Freescale research head to lead ENIAC

LONDON — Dr Andreas Wild is to take up the post of Executive Director of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking on Sept 1, 2009.

In October 2000 Dr Wild became European R&D Director for Motorola, then for Freescale Semiconductor, managing research in CMOS, power, sensors and packaging technology. He was an initiator of the Crolles2 Alliance and co-managed the advanced technology function within this collaborative programme developing leading edge technology in the 90nm-32nm generations on 300mm wafers. He left Freescale Semiconductor in January 2009 ans established Andreas Wild Konsult.

The ENIAC Joint Undertaking will run till December 31 2017 with the total maximum cost of the research activities within the initiative reaching up to €3 billion.

Based in Brussels with the aim of implementing a Joint Technology Initiative on Nanoelectronics, the ENIAC Joint Undertaking (JU) is a public-private partnership aimed at leveraging investments in the nanoelectronics sector in Europe. It will foster R&D collaboration between all stakeholders such as industry, public authorities, academia and research centers, pulling together and focusing the research effort. Dr Wild previously worked in Romania, Germany, U.S. and France, in positions such as European ASIC Engineering manager, R&D Lab Manager, Chief Technologist of the Semiconductor Products Sector, Chief Scientist of the Americas Region. He has authored or co-authored 23 patents as well as more than 50 technical papers, and is a fellow of the Nano Science and Technology Institute.

He has participated in numerous publicly funded national, inter-governmental and European programmes, such as MEDEA+ and the Framework Programmes 6 and 7. Dr. Wild has been personally involved in shaping the frame of European R&D in nanoelectronics, contributing to the Vision 2020 document and actively participating in the ENIAC Forum of Stakeholders.

Reporting to the Governing Board of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking, Dr. Wild will ensure the achievement of the initiative’s mission and objectives. His responsibilities include the efficient organisation of the calls for proposals, the evaluation of submitted proposals, the negotiation and conclusion of grant agreements as well as subsequent monitoring and finalisations.

He will serve as the link between all stakeholders – the European Commission, the Member and Associated States, and AENEAS, the Association of R&D actors in the field of nanoelectronics. He will also be be the legal representative and the public face of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking.

René Penning de Vries, chairperson of the ENIAC Governing Board said, “Selected out of the numerous candidates that applied for the position of Executive Director, Dr. Wild’s career path and dedication to the nanoelectronics industry paired with his longstanding involvement in the setting up of the ENIAC Joint Undertaking is a testimonial of his motivation and determination.”

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Mediaadded, “The ENIAC Joint Undertaking needs a strong leader that can bring everyone together – the large companies, the SMEs, the research labs and the universities – in order to ensure that the innovation remains at the heart of European leadership in the d0omain of nanoelectronics. We feel Dr. Wild has the background needed to achieve this and the foresight required to keep it going.”

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