Surya Iyer  portrait

Surya Iyer

Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
OSS 105
Mail OSS101
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105


Ph.D. 1996, Materials Science & Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. 1993, Materials Science & Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
B.S. 1991, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kanpur

Interests and expertise

Semiconductor processes that includes a gamut of areas such as deposition, epitaxy, lithography, implantation, etch, etc.; Manufacturing and Quality; Statistical methods in manufacturing; Energy topics such as solid-state lighting and solar cells; Environment - Strategies for sustainability at local government levels (Surya is current Chairperson of the Energy and Environment Commission of the City of Edina, MN); Fracture, fatigue, and reliability of materials; Nano-structured materials; Composite materials; Powder metallurgy; Strength and deformation behavior of materials.


Surya Iyer is currently Engineering Manager at Polar Semiconductor Inc. (PSI) in Bloomington, where he is responsible for development of semiconductor processes for the company’s bi-polar, CMOS, and LDMOS products. Prior to PSI, Surya held senior management and engineering positions at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in Bloomington and Applied Materials, Inc. in Santa Clara, CA. At Cypress, Surya worked on process development and integration for advanced 65nm transistors and non-volatile memory devices. Surya managed key customer business development and joint technology programs, engineering design, and process development at Applied. Surya was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, where he conducted research on reliability of materials such as MEMS, thin films in electronic devices, and biomedical materials. Surya’s graduate work was on nanocrystalline materials and advanced composites used in aircraft engines. He has 20 patents related to semiconductor processing and equipment design and over 25 peer-reviewed publications.


  • Manufacturing Processes and Statistical Control (ENGR 371)

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