Mears Technologies Senior Team

Erwin Trautmann,
Chief Executive Officer, Board Director

Mr. Trautmann has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He has held various executive positions at Fortune 500 companies and possesses extensive experience in project management, product development and business leadership. Mr. Trautmann formerly served as Senior Vice President at KLA-Tencor and as Vice President at Texas Instruments with global responsibilities.

Dr. Robert Mears
President, Chief Technology Officer, Board Director, Founder

Dr. Mears is a recognized pioneer and leading expert in nano-scale material science and engineering. In the mid-1980’s, Dr. Mears re-engineered silica optical fiber by adding atoms of erbium (rare earth element) to silica to invent the Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA), a transformative technology for long-distance optical networks. A decade ago, Dr. Mears shifted his focus to the semiconductor industry, where he identified a similar scaling problem on the horizon.
Dr. Mears founded MEARS Technologies in 2001 to leverage his unique insights in the engineering of new materials. As CTO, and supported by a talented R&D team, Dr. Mears developed the MEARS MST™ Platform and MST™ CMOS, its first commercial application. Dr. Mears has authored or co-authored approximately 250 publications and patents and is an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, England

Dr. Rinn Cleavelin,
Board Director, Chair Technical Advisory Board

Dr. Cleavelin has more than 34 years of experience in the areas of Semiconductor Processing, Development, and Management. He held the position as Chief Operating Officer for International SEMATECH in Austin, TX until returning to Texas Instruments Inc. in Silicon Technology Development in June of 2002. During his career, he had the opportunity to lead several significant programs at Texas Instruments including the startup of three Wafer Fabs and the leadership role in the process development of several DRAM, EPROM, and Flash EEPROM products. He has also had the leadership role in the development of several new process technologies and tools in the areas of Ion Implantation, Thermal Processing, Surface Preparation, Defect Detection, and Metrology working with equipment suppliers worldwide.

Ron Cope
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Cope brings to MEARS Technologies more than 35 years of experience in various technical and operational positions with a proven record of success at both large Fortune 500 companies and venture capital backed technology start-ups. Mr. Cope formerly served as VP of Operations & General Manager for SyChip-Murata. Prior to SyChip-Murata, Mr. Cope held Executive and Sr. Management positions at Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, VLSI Technology, Hitachi Semiconductor and other high-tech companies.