Workshop Speakers (EGG 2024)

Carol A. Handwerker, PhD
Purdue University

Carol Handwerker is the Reinhardt Schuhmann, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. Her research areas include: developing innovative interconnect technologies for microelectronics and sustainable thin film solar cells, improving Pb-free solders interconnects for high-performance systems, and integrating sustainability in new materials design.  Before joining Purdue in 2005, she was at NIST for 21 years, co-leading Advanced Packaging and serving as the Chief of the NIST Metallurgy Division. She was a co-PI of SCALE, the Purdue-led, multi-university, DOD microelectronics workforce development program, co-chair of the Workforce Development Roadmap in the SRC Roadmap for Microelectronics and Advanced Packaging Technologies, served on the NIST-Department of Commerce Industrial Advisory Committee, charged with recommending how to close R&D gaps and WFD gaps for the CHIPS R&D Program, was co-chair of the iNEMI Technology Roadmap for Sustainable Electronics for several years, and co-led the iNEMI Circular Economy project on Value Recovery from End-of-Life Hard Drives. 


Stephan Harkema, PhD 
Program Manager, Sustainable Electronics at Holst Centre

Stephan is a highly motivated and creative program manager. He has a PhD in Polymer Chemistry and close to 20 years of experience in research and development. At TNO at Holst Centre, he has been working on high-tech applications in both private- and public-funded projects with high customer satisfaction rates. For roughly a decade, he has studied flexible OLEDs for lighting and signage applications and — in hindsight -—made his first strides in sustainable developments by reducing the amount of Indium in those OLEDs. In 2017, his focus shifted to structural electronics, particularly to human-machine interfacing using hybrid and printed electronics as well as light management. Since early 2021, Stephan has been leading a team that leverages TNO's broad range of expertise to develop sustainable solutions for in-plastics embedded electronics. His findings have been published in multiple peer-review publications and are protected through well over a dozen patent applications.