CoolCAD Electronics, LLC is an innovative semiconductor electronics company that designs and fabricate devices and chips made from the wide bandgap semiconductor Silicon Carbide (SiC). These devices and chips operate at high power, and at very high temperatures. CoolCAD also makes SiC optical sensors and focal plane arrays that function in the deep UV part of the spectrum. In other words, CoolCAD manufactures electronics that work where regular silicon chips cannot function, especially the areas of electronics for high temperature, UV sensing and high-power conversion.

CoolCAD also has developed CoolSPICE, which is a Computer Aided Design Tool (CAD) for electronics circuit and device design.

CoolCAD also provides high resolution testing services for evaluating the effects of radiation and cryogenic temperatures on electronics.

OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES: 

  • Silicon Carbide Power MOSFETs and Diodes
  • Silicon Carbide High Temperature Integrated Circuits: Analog and Digital
  • UV Silicon Carbide Optical Sensors: Avalanche Photodiodes, Linear Photodiodes and Focal Plane Arrays
  • CoolSPICE: Circuit and Device Computer Aided Design Tool
  • Testing Services for Radiation and Cryogenic Effects on Electronics
  • Silicon-Carbide-Based Electronics Design and Fabrication Services

UNIQUE EXPERTISE

CoolCAD’s key personnel possess a unique combination of broad and deep expertise in electronics. Our focus is on wide bandgap semiconductor electronics. We have published over 100 research papers in professional scientific and engineering journals as well as several patents that report on many of our key discoveries in the area of wide bandgap SiC electronics. Our in-house expertise ranges from semiconductor device physics, fabrication, design, integrated and board-level circuit development and manufacturing. In addition, we pride ourselves in successful commercialization and product development according to market and client needs. As part of the Technology Acceleration Program of the University of Maryland, College Park, and being located very close to the UMD campus, CoolCAD is able to also take advantage of talent and resources present at this flagship research institute. Furthermore, with CoolCAD being in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, we have developed key relationships with decision makers and have direct access to various government laboratories and funding agencies. We have strong relationships with many labs inside and outside of the Washington, DC area including government, industry and other academic intuitions.

KEY PERSONNEL

Dr. Neil Goldsman

Board Member of CoolCAD. Neil Goldsman is an internationally recognized expert in semiconductor electronics especially related to silicon carbide. Dr. Goldsman is also a Professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Goldsman has published more than two hundred technical papers, been awarded 8 patents, chaired technical conferences and written texts on electronics. He regularly works with NASA, ARL, ONR and industry. Dr. Goldsman is also a serial entrepreneur. He won the University System of Maryland Entrepreneurship Award, IEEE Benjamin Dasher Award and the U. of Maryland Outstanding Invention Award. He co-founded TRX Systems; Untethered Inc. as well as CoolCAD. Dr. Goldsman received his Ph.D. from Cornell University with major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Applied Physics.

Dr. Neil Goldsman

Co-founder, President
Dr. Akin Akturk

Board Member of CoolCAD. Dr. Akturk is Co-founder and Vice-President of CoolCAD. He is the recipient of the NASA Tech Brief Award for work in deep UV photodetection. He is internationally recognized for his work in semiconductor physics and radiation effects on electronics, especially for silicon carbide. He regularly works with NASA, ONR, Power America and industry, including On-Semiconductor and SkyWater Technology. He has also developed new modeling and testing methods for both high temperature and cryogenic applications in electronics. Dr. Akturk has published more than a hundred technical papers, been awarded four patents and served on technical committees for numerous conferences. Dr. Akturk earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and his B.S. from Bilkent University.

Dr. Akin Akturk

Co-founder, Vice-President
Dr. Zeynep Dilli

Dr. Dilli is director of engineering at CoolCAD. She directs the SiC electronics process and layout design, high-power, high-temperature semiconductor device testing and modeling, as well as the refinement of proprietary circuit simulation software efforts. Dr. Dilli has taught semiconductor device physics at the University of Maryland. She is the co-recipient of the IEEE Benjamin Dasher Award and was awarded an ARL Fellowship during her graduate studies. She is the co-recipient of the Outstanding Invention Award for 2008 of the U. of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization. Dr. Dilli has published more than 30 peer-reviewed technical papers and has multiple patents. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Zeynep Dilli

Senior Research and Development Engineer
Lisa Sachar

Lisa Sachar is a CPA with over twenty years of accounting experience. Since 2012, Lisa has been the Controller at CoolCAD Electronics where she is responsible for all aspects of accounting and record-keeping functions, as well as maintaining compliance with government contracting requirements. Earlier in her career, Lisa held positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Originally from New Jersey, Lisa graduated with Honors from The American University Kogod College of Business in Washington, DC with a B.S. degree in Accounting.

Lisa Sachar

Controller - CFO
Mitchell Gross

Mitchell Gross has been the lead process engineer at CoolCAD Electronics for three years and a key member of the fabrication team at CoolCAD for over five years. He works primarily in the development and fabrication of Silicon Carbide devices and circuits. While Mitchell works with all areas of SiC processing, he focuses largely on oxidation, low pressure chemical vapor deposition and atomic layer deposition of thin files. Mitchell holds patents in SiC opto-electronic based electronics. Mitchell majored in Physics at the University of Maryland.

Mitchell Gross

Semiconductor Process Engineer
Aysanew Abate

Aysanew Abate is a leader in CoolCAD’s fabrication effort and process development. He has been processing silicon carbide electronic devices and materials for more than three years. Aysanew focuses on photolithography, reactive ion etching and back-end metallization of multilayer interconnects. Aysanew also performs electronics testing and data analysis of the devices fabricated by CoolCAD. Aysanew has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland.

Aysanew Abate

Semiconductor Process Engineer
Usama Khalid

As a lead electrical engineer at CoolCAD, Usama Khalid designs SiC devices and circuits. He also lays out the components to design lithography masks for fabrication. Mr. Khalid designs SiC power MOSFETs as well as lower power, high temperature N-channel and P-channel SiC MOSFETs by combining his expertise in device physics with the use of CAD tools and SPICE device model development. Usama is also a major contributor to CoolCAD’s technology development in SiC high-temperature mixed signal circuit design and development, as well as prototype electrical performance verification. Usama Khalid holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Usama Khalid

Lead Electrical Engineer
Weijian Xian

Weijian Xian is an electrical engineer at CoolCAD. Weijian focuses on design and testing of SiC CMOS digital circuits for high temperature applications. Mr. Xian plays a key role in the electrical testing of our power devices; he also develops testing methodologies for evaluating our optoelectronic products including avalanche photodetectors and UV imaging arrays. Weijian’s digital work is focused on unique logic and memory circuits composed of SiC CMOS chips. Weijian Xian has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park.

Weijian Xian

Electrical Engineer
Dr. Siddharth Potbhare

Siddharth Potbhare is an Electrical Engineer with over ten years of experience working with SiC. He has developed advanced physical models and characterized the operation of Silicon Carbide MOSFETs and DMOSFETs at high temperatures. Dr. Potbhare has published many papers on SiC device modeling, algorithm development, and device characterization in peer-reviewed journals and various conferences. Dr. Potbhare has been the Principal Investigator on NASA Phase II SBIRs on cryogenic and radiation modeling of semiconductor technology. He earned the B.E. degree in electronics engineering from the M. S. University, Vadodara, India and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Siddharth Potbhare

Co-Founder and Board Member
Dr. James M. McGarrity

Prior to his current position, Dr. McGarrity was Senior Research Scientist (ST) for the Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate of the Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, Maryland. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Chief of the Radiation Effects Physics Branch of the former Harry Diamond Laboratories. Dr. McGarrity is a Fellow of the IEEE for his radiation effects research on metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) devices and has over eighty journal publications, and has more than twenty years experience working in SiC semiconductor devices. McGarrity has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Dr. James M. McGarrity

Scientist
David E. Gross

David Gross is a serial entrepreneur and an engineer. He founded various companies including DRS Technologies, Cryptek, RaySat, WeldObot and Algometrex,. As President of DRS Inc. the Company achieved early success by employing COTS digital signal processing equipment to penetrate the ASW market. Mr. Gross was selected by the Navy to chair a major Government/Industry study to develop “New Directions in ASW Signal Processing and Display”. As DRS’ revenues and profits increased, Gross led the Company to an IPO. Ultimately, DRS achieved annual revenues of $3B and was sold to Finmeccanica. In addition, Gross serves on the boards of several technology companies and invests through DEG Ventures. David Gross holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, and a B.E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

David E. Gross

Board Chair
David Heller

David Heller is CEO of Heller Industries Inc. Heller Industries is the leading manufacturer of soldering and curing machines serving the electronic assembly and semiconductor packaging industries. Locations include Florham Park, New Jersey, USA, Suwon, Korea, and Shanghai, PRC. Under his direction Heller Industries has developed numerous processes and equipment for solder reflow for component attachment to printed circuit boards. Heller Industries’ customers include the largest chip and circuit manufacturers in the world. Before becoming CEO of Heller Industries, David had engineering positions at General Motors and Chrysler Corporations. In addition to CoolCAD, Heller serves on the Board of Directors of a number of technology and medical start-ups and growth companies. David Heller has a B.S. in Mechanical from Engineering Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

David Heller

Board Member