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Dr. Tom Kwa has been in the consulting business since 2003. Prior to founding kWa MEMS in 2016, he was instrumental to the founding and served as the first CTO of DunAn Sensing LLC. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years with Meggitt Sensing Systems (formerly known as Endevco) where he was responsible for all of Meggitt's MEMS design and development

He holds an MSEE and a Ph.D. degree from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands and holds Certificates in Project Management, in Stage-Gate® Product Innovation Process Project Management, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt as well as a certified Internal ISO 9001 Auditor.

He has more than 20 years of experience in Finite-Element Analysis (ANSYS®, SOLIDWORKS Simulation / COSMOSWorks™,  and CoventorWare®), 2D drafting (AutoCAD®), 3D modeling and drawing creation (SOLIDWORKS®), and mask layout generation (AutoCAD®, dw-2000™, and L-Edit). He is also skilled in creating 3D-printed prototypes of MEMS packages and related components.

Dr. Kwa is the inventor or co-inventor on more than 15 US and International patents and patent applications, and managed the MEMS-related Intellectual Property portfolios at two of his former employers.

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Dr. Tom Kwa is the Principal Consultant of kWa MEMS and has been in the consulting business since 2003. Prior to founding kWa MEMS in 2016, he was instrumental to the founding (in 2014) and served as the first CTO of DunAn Sensing LLC –a manufacturer of low-cost pressure sensors for air-conditioning and refrigeration and a wholly-owned subsidiary of DunAn Environmental Co. Ltd., China– where he steered the company's direction and was responsible for all of DunAn's MEMS design and development efforts including MEMS foundry sourcing (at foundries Micrel and Innovative Micro Technology). He was also handling the project management of the company's first pressure transducer development (released as its "LP/HP line"). He also  specified, negotiated and acquired the capital equipment (SST Model 5100 solder reflow furnace, Hesse Bondjet BJ820 wire bonder, Schmidt Technology PneumaticPress automatic press, EFD Ultimus V fluid dispenser) used in DunAn's pressure transducer manufacturing lines in San Jose, California, and Hangzhou, China. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years with Meggitt Sensing Systems (formerly known as Endevco) –a manufacturer of high-end, high-performance accelerometers and pressure sensors and transducers developed for the aerospace, military, energy, medical, automotive and test instrumentation markets– where he was responsible for all of Meggitt's MEMS design and development work including MEMS process developments in Meggitt's MEMS fab (in Sunnyvale, California). He is trained in classifying and safeguarding technical data according to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Dr. Kwa holds an MSEE (1990) and a Ph.D. degree (1995), both cum laude and both from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. He has published in scientific journals as well as trade magazines and has presented at international conferences and trade shows. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Integrated Silicon Spectrometer Fabricated Using Bulk-Micromachining Techniques", was published in 1995 (ISBN 9789040711275) and describes the design, fabrication and testing of a pioneering optical system-on-a-chip encompassing a simple diffraction grating, a system of silicon micromirrors and an array of backside-illuminated photodetectors to detect the spectral components in visible and near-infrared light. His work is frequently cited (Research Gate h-index 5). Dr. Kwa holds Certificates in Project Management (1998) from the University of California at Berkeley and in Stage-Gate® Product Innovation Process Project Management (2005) from Stage-Gate International, and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt (2006) as well as a certified Internal ISO 9001 Auditor (2015).

He has more than 20 years of experience in Finite-Element Analysis (ANSYS®, SOLIDWORKS Simulation / COSMOSWorks™,  and CoventorWare®), 2D drafting (AutoCAD®), 3D modeling and drawing creation (SOLIDWORKS®), and mask layout generation (AutoCAD®, dw-2000™, and L-Edit). He is also skilled in creating 3D-printed prototypes of MEMS packages and related components.

Dr. Kwa is the inventor or co-inventor on more than 15 US and International patents and patent applications, and managed the MEMS-related Intellectual Property portfolios at two of his former employers.