Surya Iyer  portrait

Surya Iyer

Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
OSS 228
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

  • Management: Operations, Engineering, Technology Development.
  • Manufacturing and Quality, Statistical methods in manufacturing.
  • Semiconductor equipment, processes and process integration.
  • Mechanics / Mechanical behavior of materials: Strength and deformation, fracture and fatigue.
  • Materials Processing: Nano-structured materials, composite materials, and powder metallurgy.


Surya Iyer is Managing Director and General Manager at Polar Semiconductor, a semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility in Bloomington, MN, with overall responsibility for site operations, including facilities, equipment maintenance and engineering, process engineering, supply chain, wafer production, parametric engineering, yield engineering, manufacturing quality, manufacturing systems (IT), industrial engineering, planning, and human resources. Prior to Polar, Surya held senior management and engineering positions at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. in Bloomington, MN 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 is an alumnus of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, where he attended the Advanced Management Program. 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 research 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.

Surya serves as a member of the Governing Council for SEMI/FOA (a semiconductor industry association) and is an adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Outside of work, Surya has volunteered in his community by serving on the Board of Directors, as President, and as Principal of the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) in St. Paul; was the founding Chairperson of the Energy and Environment Commission of the City of Edina, MN; and was a Commissioner with the Transportation Commission of the City of Edina, MN. He enjoys running, golfing, and the interesting food and beverage options in Minneapolis-St. Paul and wherever he travels.


    • Manufacturing Processes and Statistical Control (ENGR 371)
    • Senior Design Clinic (ENGR 480/481)
    • Technology of Thin Films (ETLS 699/05)


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