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Matthew Thompson

Executive Director
Principal Solar Institute
Austin Texas
Timezone: America/Chicago

Matthew Thompson is a scientist with 23 years experience in semiconductor process development and yield enhancement at Motorola and at Freescale Semiconductor.

At Motorola’s Advanced Process Development Laboratory, he developed vertical gate oxidation processes and equipment. In a collaborative research and development project that included Motorola and IBM, he designed Synchrotron x-ray optics for deep submicron lithography, and supported x-ray mask design. The project culminated with a successful fabrication of fully functional memory chips using x-ray lithography. In another industry research project, Matthew worked with Motorola and Lucent Technologies to develop 200 mm mask manufacturing processes for a novel projection electron beam lithography technique. In addition to these advanced lithography research projects, he developed computer algorithms for Complimentary Phase Shift Masks, leading to volume manufacture of products with 50 nm gates using 248 nm imaging tools. At Freescale Semiconductor, he worked to improve profitability and performance by development and deployment of Design for Manufacturability methodology.

Matthew earned a B.S. in Physics at Texas Tech University, and a Ph. D. in Physics at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds seven patents in areas such as electronic design processing, x-ray mirror design, and advanced e-beam lithography, optical photo mask design and microcircuit pre-failure detection.

Date & Time (EST) Title Role
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm
Energy Storage Association 25th Annual Conference Registered
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
9:00am – 10:00am
Will 2015 be the Breakout Year for Solar Power in Texas? Registered
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Energy Storage and Solar: What Does, and Doesn’t, Lie on the Horizon Viewed Archive
Thursday, August 21, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am
As Coal Dims, Will Solar Shine? Perspective on a Changing Electricity Industry Registered
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
7:00am – 7:10am
Lifetime Energy Production™ – A Simple Method for PV Module Comparison Presenter
Thursday, June 19, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am
Anatomy of a Successful Solar Asset Deal: One Year Later Registered
Thursday, May 29, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Eighth Grade Explanations: Alternative Energy Presenter
Thursday, May 8, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Principal Solar Institute PV Module Ratings to Evaluate Lifetime Energy Production Presenter
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:25am – 7:20am
Eighth Grade Explanations: Why Solar Power in Texas? Viewed Archive
Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Myths and Legends of Microinverters and Other DC Power Converters for Solar Energy Viewed Archive
Thursday, October 31, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
How Do Recent Changes At ERCOT Affect YOU? Registered
Thursday, September 26, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm
PACE Comes To Texas Viewed Archive
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Combining PPAs and PACE: The Path to Commercial Solar Prosperity Registered
Friday, July 19, 2013
7:00am – 7:50am
What Happened for Solar During the 2013 Texas Legislative Session? Registered
Thursday, June 6, 2013
2:00am – 2:50am
Gravity Power’s Design Change and Progress Update Registered
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
8:00am – 8:50am
Solar Above, Oil & Gas Below: Coexistence in Energy Project Development Viewed Archive
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
10:00am – 11:00am
You Be the Judge: A Ratings Tool for Selecting the Best Solar Module Presenter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Will the 2013 Texas Legislative Session Awaken a Sleeping Giant in the Solar Market? Registered
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
3:00am – 3:45am
Why Not? The Case for an American Feed-In Tariff Viewed Archive
Thursday, September 27, 2012
10:00am – 10:45am
BUILDING THE LARGEST SOLAR SMART ARRAY IN NORTH AMERICA: Behind the Scenes of a 2.2 MW Solar Power Plant Registered
Thursday, September 20, 2012
11:00am – 11:30am
Solutions for the Texas Energy Shortage Registered
Thursday, July 19, 2012
11:00am – 11:45am
Solar Energy in the Military Registered
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
11:00am – 12:00pm
2012 Solar Leadership Summit Attended
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Reduce costs by outsourcing solar project management Viewed Archive
Thursday, January 12, 2012
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Solar Energy Estimate Report Online Workshop Viewed Archive
Thursday, December 15, 2011
1:00pm – 1:30pm
High Performance Power Electronics Systems for PV Solar Applications Viewed Archive
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
11:00am – 11:30am
How to Value Solar Energy Assets Viewed Archive
Thursday, April 21, 2011
11:00am – 11:30am
Straight Talk: PVAC Modules – The Newest Generation of Grid-Tied Inverters Viewed Archive
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