Industry Veterans Form Solar Group

Marc Chason; James J. Hickman, Ph.D.; and Gene H. Weiner formed Quantum Solar Group LLC (QSG) to help members of the PWB, SMT, and electronic assembly industries and their suppliers of chemicals, materials, and equipment understand the burgeoning photovoltaic industry and the new commercial opportunities provided through variations of familiar processes and technologies.

Marc Chason; James J. Hickman, Ph.D.; and Gene H. Weiner formed Quantum Solar Group LLC (QSG) to help members of the PWB, SMT, and electronic assembly industries and their suppliers of chemicals, materials, and equipment understand the burgeoning photovoltaic industry and the new commercial opportunities provided through variations of familiar processes and technologies.

The three QSG founders will bring their 100+ years of technical, management, marketing and executive experience to bear in identifying new fabrication and assembly opportunities as well as expanding the application of existing equipment and consumable supplies.

They will identify the needs for new and modified assembly processes as well as new chemicals and materials including quantum dots, nanoparticles, and print electronics to meet the rapidly shifting technology trends resulting from numerous breakthroughs required for meeting various roadmaps for the use of solar power.

Marc Chason is a former director in Motorola Laboratories and a Motorola Dan Noble Fellow. He is a recognized industry expert in multiple spaces of the high technology electronics industry with skills that include engineering management, strategic visioning, technology transfers, and new technology/business development. Chason is chairing iNEMI’s 2009 Solid State Illumination Roadmap Committee.

Hickman has been associated with the chemical and electronics industries for more than 35 years, primarily with DuPont where he held a variety of international and domestic senior management positions. His primary interests have been in semiconductor, printed circuit fabrication and assembly, IC packaging, HDI, and nano technology businesses and their associated leading edge materials.

Hickman has been a consultant since his retirement from DuPont in 1998. He has been instrumental in the creation, development, and growth of many new businesses and has been a leader in the value positioning of these businesses on a global basis. Active in the IPC for over 30 years, he has received its prestigious President’s Award. He was instrumental in scheduling industry-wide technology exchanges between suppliers and IBM, AT&T, Motorola, Intel, Amkor, and Solectron. He served as chairman of the New Technology subcommittee for future industry technology exchanges of the Suppliers Management Council Steering Committee. Dr. Hickman has been an advisor to North Carolina State University, NCMC, and SRC in microelectronics and continues to publish on emerging technologies

Gene Weiner, president of Weiner & Associates Inc., brings to the project 50+ years of success in a wide range of international technical, marketing and executive positions in the electronics industries’ manufacturing as well as its supply-side businesses. In 1968, Weiner became one of the early recipients of the IPC’s President’s Awards. In 2000, he was named of the ten most influential people in the world in the PCB industry. In 2006, he was inducted into the IPC’s Raymond E. Pritchard’s Hall of Fame. Weiner currently serves on a number of boards and advisory boards of directors.

For more information, e-mail gene@weiner-intl.com, jamesjhickman@earthlink.net, or marcchason@sbcglobal.net.

Originally published by SMT.

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