Testimonials

He has the vision of a leader and the experience of an implementer who can produce success for his clients.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rob 13+ years ago. At the time, he was chosen to take part in the Nuclear Science Radiation Effects Conference short course as a distinguished presenter. His presentation provided a clever overview of CMOS technology, single event effects, and mitigation strategies. His work was so well-packaged and full of useful information that I reference his publications often. Rob has been an instrumental member of the CMOS and radiation effects communities for quite some time. Many people reach out to him for information, and Rob’s investigative nature brings him to collaborate and find answers from his colleagues and/or other sources. He is definitely a team player. Regarding what Rob can do for your business, he has the vision of a leader and the experience of an implementer. He has all the makings for a reliable consultant who can produce success for his clients. I highly recommend Rob and look forward to working with him in the future.

Melanie Berg
SR Consulting Subject Matter Expert
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

He is a leading authority on reliability and radiation effects in microelectronics.

I have known Rob Baumann for about twenty years and have heard him lecture, read his papers, and observed his interaction with colleagues. I am always favorably impressed; he is a leading authority on reliability and radiation effects in microelectronics. Rob understands both the basic science and the engineering solutions.

Kenneth F. Galloway
Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Vanderbilt University, TN

Rob combines deep technical knowledge with accessible communication style…a valuable partner on any project.

Rob Baumann was an early mentor of mine as I was getting started in soft error testing and mitigation in 2005. His advice and insights have always been extremely valuable to me – his work with thermal neutrons led directly to my publication of the effect at highly accelerated rates during radiation therapy which can affect implanted medical devices. Rob combines deep technical knowledge with an effective and accessible communication style. He is a valuable partner on any project.

Jeff Wilkinson
Technical Fellow
Medtronic, St. Paul, MN

His ability to assess customer requirements coupled with his extensive radiation effects knowledge makes Rob an ideal partner.

I traveled with Rob visiting numerous aerospace customers across the world. Rob was instrumental in creating a bridge between radiation effects and system level specifications that facilitated the usage of the devices. His very detailed assessment of the customer requirements mixed with his very extensive knowledge of radiation effects and strong interpersonal skills make him an ideal partner to close the loop on any topic from the deep technical to market and business concerns.

Dr. Javier Valle
Systems Engineer, Aerospace Power
Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX

Looking for a consultant to educate and bullet-proof your organization against radiation effects? Rob is your guy.

I have the pleasure of knowing Rob for the last 10+ years. He is one of the few radiation experts for semiconductor components and possesses a huge knowledge span across several different technologies and applications. His early work on alpha-particle contamination was vital for the industry to solve contamination issues in their packaging flows. If you are looking for a consultant to educate and bullet-proof your organization against radiation effects, or thinking about expanding your business into space applications – then Rob is your guy.

Helmut Puchner
Vice President, Fellow Aerospace and Defense
Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, CA

His in-depth knowledge in this field makes him my first point of contact for anything related to radiation.

Rob is one of the technical leaders in the field of radiation effects in integrated circuits and electronic systems, and has developed many of the pioneering concepts related to radiation effects in semiconductors. I have worked with him for over 25 years and his in-depth knowledge in this field makes him my first point of contact for anything related to radiation, and my first recommendation to anyone requiring radiation effects expertise.

Dr. Ajith Amerasekera
Director, Wireless Research Center
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
(former CTO of High Performance Analog Division, Texas Instruments)

Rob has been one of our most valuable partners.

I have known Rob for more than fifteen years, and we have collaborated on numerous projects and papers particularly related to soft errors in integrated circuits. Our interactions have been delightful; Rob is absolutely outstanding technically, as well as having a great personality. His understanding of the mechanisms responsible for soft errors is unmatched. He has been one of our most valuable partners, providing reliable data and excellent technical advice.

Prof. Ron Schrimpf
Director, Institute for Space and Defense Electronics
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

I highly endorse Baumann’s services to you.

I have known Robert Baumann professionally for more than 30 years. The use of boron-doped glasses (BPSG) for planarization was ubiquitous in the semiconductor industry. Baumann’s public stand against BPSG and his influence to steer Texas Instruments away from this process was stunning in its importance and impact to the industry. He is a distinguished scientific leader in the field of Radiation Effects who has been innovative, articulate, persuasive and has made major contributions to this important field. I highly endorse Baumann’s services to you because of his experience, ability to analyze and solve unusual problems, and his persistence and diligence in follow-though to address industrial reliability challenges.

Dr. James Zeigler
Director Materials Analysis & Radiation Effects Group (now retired)
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

Robert is well-known in this domain of the semiconductor industry. I definitively recommend him.

I have known Rob for the past 20 years in the domain of SEE (single event effects) through conferences and supplier-customer interactions. As a customer, Rob provided our teams many valuable engineering and management technical training sessions and advice, driving home the fundamental basic understanding of the reliability mechanisms and the importance of system resilience. Rob identified and brought awareness of new radiation sensitivities and mitigation solutions to the semiconductor industry. Robert’s skill, deep knowledge and experience qualify him as a well-known asset in this domain of the semiconductor industry. I definitively recommend him.

Shi-Jie Wen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Engineer, Supply Chain
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

Rob’s role was substantial in negotiating with the U.S. Gov. agencies to get ITAR changed.

Rob and I co-chaired the SIA Experts Panel for Radiation Effects beginning in the early 2000’s that concluded ‘some current civilian ICs may inadvertently meet all five of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) criteria’ and that there was ‘a strong likelihood that future devices may, possibly with greater frequency, inadvertently pass these criteria.’ This raised the potential that civilian, general-purpose semiconductors, could be controlled as defense articles, subject to much stricter and costly export restrictions – seriously restricting the global competitiveness of the U.S. industry. Rob’s role in this decade-long undertaking was substantial as he led the technical discussions and interacted directly with congressional committees, D.o.C., and D.o.D. agencies to get the ITAR rules changed. In the end, the changes made to the ITAR rules served US semiconductors well as they allowed continued innovation without fear of falling under the ITAR export controls.

Kenneth P. Rodbell, Ph.D.
Principal Research Staff Member
Manager Quantum Materials Research
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY

Rob helped convince our customers that we had a strong handle on soft errors.

I worked with Rob over a period of over 20 years at TI and was always impressed with his knowledge and recognized expertise across the industry when it came to the topic of soft error rate (SER). I was on the Product side and interfaced with TI’s Tier 1 customers, and whenever there were questions about SER, I went to Rob. He always helped convince our customers that we had a strong handle on the topic and could provide data to back it up.

Peter Rickert
TI Fellow
Platform Director
Texas Instruments, TX

Rob is one of the preeminent researchers in the field of radiation effects in semiconductors.

I met Robert while he was leading the original task group formed to address soft errors (JESD89 Measurement and Reporting of Alpha Particle and Terrestrial Cosmic Ray-Induced Soft Errors in Semiconductor Devices) published in Aug. 2001 . He also led a revision of the standard (JESD89A), released in Oct, 2006. He received the JEDEC Chairman’s Award. Robert was also instrumental in the drafting of the JESD221 Alpha Radiation Measurement in Electronic Materials.

Robert’s work on eliminating 10B was critical to Sun Microsystems in reducing by almost an order-of-magnitude the impact of soft errors on the SPARC CPUs. He also hosted Sun engineers doing work station testing at LANL – Robert suggested that the observed power fails were due to SEB/SEL in power transistors in the supply – leading to a rapid fix before the work stations went into production. He is one of the preeminent researchers in the field of radiation effects in semiconductors as indicated by his numerous publications, patents and presentations.

Charles Slayman
Technical Leader
Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

Rob has always been a team player and raises the talent-level of the team around him.

I have known and worked with Robert (Rob) Baumann for over 9 years. Rob’s experience and technical guidance was an important contribution to what would eventually become a very successful product. From 2012 to 2017, Rob and I worked together in the same product line. Rob played an instrumental role in leading the establishment of radiation test capability in the organization. He was also responsible for standardizing the radiation reporting process, an endeavor which added an immeasurable amount of value to the release of the “whole” space product. Rob is a pleasure to work with, and has always been a team player in the truest sense and committed to the process of raising the talent level of the team around him. Rob’s reputation as an expert in the field of radiation effects was widely known both inside Texas Instruments as well as the semiconductor industry for his contributions to the reduction of soft error rates.

Mark Hamlyn
Co-Founder/CTO
Apogee Semiconductor, TX