Meet the Committee

Pratap Murali – Webmaster Chair

​​Pratap Murali graduated with MS E.E from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) and works in the NAND Technology Integration. He loves the outdoor activities in Boise esp. Tennis and Cricket. Loves to cook anything that is spicy and recently, website designing has been a newly added passion.

Yantao Ma - Finance Chair
​Mr. MA (SM) serves as IEEE EDS Boise Chapter Chair and Treasurer.  He served as vice-Chair of IEEE EDS Boise, General Chair of MWED 2016, Technical chair of WMED 2015, and publication Chair of WMED 2014.
He holds more than 100+ US and international issued patents on DLL, DCC, clock synchronization, clock distribution, and multi-phase clocking, Signal integrity, specialty RAM, and power-saving design ideas … etc.

John Kaeding - Sponsorship Chair
​​​J. F. Kaeding received a B.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, Illinois, USA) in 2000 and a Ph.D. in materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California, USA) in 2007.
He started his career at Philips Lumileds Lighting Co., holding positions in LED Epitaxy Process R&D and MOCVD reactor development.  He joined Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, Idaho, USA) in 2012 as a LED Epitaxy Process Development Engineering before transitioning into Assembly Product Engineering.  In 2014 he joined the Advance Package Technology Development organization as a Process Integration engineer.  He currently works in the Technology Development Engineering group as a Process Development engineer.  His technical expertise includes growth and deposition of semiconductor thin films, solid-state lighting, process and hardware integration, and semiconductor assembly technology, including TSV and 3DS.
Dr. Kaeding is an author and co-author on seven peer-review technical papers, multiple conference presentations and currently holds six US patents.

Amritesh Rai - Publicity Chair/Technical Committee Member
Amritesh Rai completed his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun, India, in 2007 (top 5% of class), received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2012, M.S. in ECE from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2016, and Ph.D. in ECE from UT in 2019. He worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at UT’s Microelectronics Research Center and was advised by Professor Sanjay K. Banerjee. His specialization track was ‘Solid-State Electronics’ and his research focused on studying the electronic transport properties of novel atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting materials. He has authored/co-authored over 40 journal publications and conference proceedings that have been cited over 1200 times. He serves as a reviewer for several high impact factor peer-reviewed scientific journals including ACS Nano, IEEE TED, IEEE EDL, APL, and 2D Materials. During graduate school, Amritesh worked as a ‘Graduate Research Intern’ at Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials in Lemont, IL, as well as a ‘Technology Development Intern’ at Micron Technology, Inc. in Boise, ID. He joined Micron as a full-time NAND Process Integration Engineer in September 2019.
Throughout his career, Amritesh has served in various mentorship, outreach and leadership roles. He mentored several undergraduates, high school students and teachers as part of various STEM outreach and mentorship programs at UT, and is a two-time recipient of the ‘Best Mentor Award’ administered by UT’s NSF NASCENT Engineering Research Center (ERC). He also served as President of NASCENT ERC's Student Leadership Council (SLC) from 2017-2018 and as the IEEE Region 5 Young Professionals (YP) Chair from 2018-2019. He is the Founder of the first-ever IEEE TEMS Graduate Student Chapter, jointly affiliated to the IEEE Central Texas Section and UT, in IEEE Region 5 and currently serves as its Past Chair/Industry Advisor. For his outstanding leadership and volunteering efforts, Amritesh received the 2018 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. He was also featured in a Volunteer Spotlight Article published by IEEE YP on their IMPACT Blog. Recently, he served as the Vice-Chair and Ambassador Program Lead of the 2020 IEEE Rising Stars Conference. Amritesh is a professional member of IEEE, IEEE TEMS, and IEEE EDS.

Ashlie Petz - Intern Relations Chair
​Ashlie Baty Petz serves Micron Technology as a Technology Strategy Program Manager, specifically focusing on university relationships and outreach. Ashlie holds her M.S. from Florida State and her B.A. from Texas A&M. She is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) from the International Project Management Institute and a certified advisor and coach through Emergenetics International. Outside of work, Ashlie loves nordic skiing, trying new board games and exploring the Boise greenbelt with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

​Ahmed Elsied - Publication Vice Chair
Ahmed Elsied joined Micron in 2019 as a Process Development Dry Etch Engineer.​ He holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University USA, M.Sc. in Physics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and B.Sc. in Nuclear and Radiation Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. ​
He has Seven years of experience in laser-induced plasma, plasma diagnostic techniques, laser-material interaction.​ He enjoy playing and watching soccer.

Dr. Lan Li - University Relations Chair

Dr. Lan Li is an Associate Professor at the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University (BSU). Dr. Li received her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Before joining BSU, she worked as a post-doc associate and researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Kent State University, and the University of Florida. Dr. Li enjoys hiking and traveling around the world.

​Dr. Kehao Zhang - Publication Chair
Dr. Kehao Zhang obtained his B.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University in 2018. He has authored and co-authored > 30 peer-reviewed articles in the field of 2D materials synthesis. In 2018, he joined Micron as a PCVD process engineer.

Anand Ursekar - Registration Chair
​Anand received his MS EE from the University of Colorado in 2015. Works as a Signal Integrity Engineer in the Package Signal Integrity team. He enjoys playing Cricket, Ping-Pong, Volleyball. He also likes to travel, is a big-time foodie and cooks to pacify his food cravings.

Utsav Roy - WebMaster Vice Chair
Utsav Roy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Engineering from one of the best universities in Idaho, Boise State University. Utsav is currently working as a software engineer at Micron Technology where he works in a cycle time team to develop and standardize in house software solutions as per business needs. Prior to working at Micron, Utsav worked as a software developer intern and then software developer at St Luke's Health Systems where he developed software for end-point devices providing two-way audio/video services. He’s also worked on Telehealth service which is a management/notification request system used in ICU rooms.

In addition to his technical positions, Utsav has held leadership positions like Resident Assistant, President at Nepalese Student Association IEEE Vice Chair and chair at IEEE young Professional. Some fun facts about Utsav, he is fluent in 4 languages, English, Hindi, Maithali, Nepali and when not working Utsav enjoys binge-watching Netflix shows, going on hikes, reading books and always researching and learning new things.

Francois Fabreguette - Technical Chair
Francois received a Ph.D. in physics from Université de Bourgogne, France in 2000 and learned Atomic Layer Deposition at the University of Colorado, Boulder as a postdoctoral fellow for 5 Years prior joining Micron where he currently develops new process technologies, although he would have preferred to become an international soccer player or a pro golfer.  

​​Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices
September 4th, 2020
​ Boise State University, Jordan and Simplot Ballrooms
Boise, Idaho, USA

NoticeDue to coronavirus concerns, this conference has been rescheduled from March 30th to September 4th.  

Durga Panda - General Vice Chair
Durga is currently in the Design and Development Quality group at Micron Technology focusing on DRAM circuits and CMOS reliability mechanisms. Outside of work he enjoys experimenting with cooking and playing Classical music.



Dr. Ankit Sharma - Technical Vice Chair
​Ankit works as a NAND Cell engineer in the Process and Device Technology group at Micron Technology in Boise (ID). He received his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 2012 and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 2018. He interned with Intel Corporation and Micron Technology during his graduate studies at Purdue. His research interests include 3D NAND reliability, FETs at sub-10nm technology nodes, and exploration of novel nano-scale emerging devices for logic and memory applications. He likes to jog and swim in his free time.

Anusha Gunda - University Relations Vice Chair
Anusha works as a Product Yield Enhancement Engineer for the Non-Volatile Memory group at Micron Technology. She received her MS in Electrical Engineering (VLSI) from the University of Southern California in 2019. She currently works on emerging memory technology. 

Adam Saxler - General Chair
Adam W. Saxler holds B.S (with the highest distinction), M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. He also completed an M.B.A from North Carolina state university with technology entrepreneurship and commercialization concentration.
during his graduate studies as northwestern and at Wright-Patterson AFB, he was a civilian employee at the air force research laboratory studying a variety of materials for electric and optical applications. He has been granted 60 US patents and has authored or co-authored over 80 publications that have been cited over 2500 times

Xiao Li - Registration Vice Chair

Xiao received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Alabama in 2007. She has been working on Materials and Process development at Micron. She enjoys dancing, camping, and fishing with family and friends

Emily Berriochoa - TLP Coordinator
Emily Berriochoa holds an English degree in Technical Communication from Boise state university (2009). At Micron, she coordinates internal technical seminars and leads the publication of Micron's internal technical journal and seminar proceedings. Emily most loves long-distance mountain and winter endurance pursuits and hanging with her two teenage children.

John Caka - Publicity Chair
John received his BSEE from the University of Utah (SLC, UT) in 2013.  John worked on the Signal Integrity team at Micron from 2013-2019 focusing on DDR4, DDR5, and LPDDR4 packages.  In 2019 John joined Siemens Digital Industries (formerly Mentor Graphics) as a Signal Integrity Engineer. John is fluent in German, listens to black metal, and plays tennis.