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

Operations management, Engineering Management, Manufacturing and Quality, Statistical methods in manufacturing; Semiconductor processes and equipment: thermal processes, plasma processes, lithography, implantation; Energy: solid-state lighting and solar cells; Mechanics / Mechanical behavior of materials: Strength and deformation, fracture and fatigue; Materials Processing: Nano-structured materials, composite materials, powder metallurgy; 

Outside of work, Surya has volunteered for the community by serving as President and Principal of the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) in St. Paul, former Chairperson of the Energy and Environment Commission of the City of Edina, MN and Commissioner with the Transportation Commission of the City of Edina, MN. He enjoys running in the beautiful Twin-Cities area.


Surya Iyer is Senior Director of Operations and Fab General Manager at Polar Semiconductor LLC in Bloomington, MN. 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 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.


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


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