Micah Miranda Economic Development Director City of Chandler
Dr. Laura Matz is a vice-president within EMD Electronics where she is responsible for the Planarization business within EMD’s Semiconductor Solutions division. She possesses 20 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing and more than a decade of experience running semiconductor materials businesses.
In her time with EMD Electronics (previously Versum Materials and Air Products Electronics division), she has been a key contributor to the growth in semiconductor materials, driving for a strong R&D presence in the Tempe, AZ facility.
Laura is a strong advocate for science and engineering in young talent. She has collaborated with ASU over the past 5 years to build a strong pipeline of interns in the Tempe facility. In 2020, Laura joined the AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) ILI board (Institute for Learning and Innovation) which serves as a conduit for advancing chemical engineering talent for the U.S.
Presently, as Vice President in EMD Electronics, Laura is the executive sponsor for EMD’s automation and data analytics effort, in collaboration with universities and other industry partners. Given that artificial intelligence and machine learning are enablers for the continued growth in the semiconductor industry, she is a member of the SEMI Smart Manufacturing board as well as the local AZ SEMI board.
Laura has a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Washington State University and undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When she is not working, Laura enjoys watching soccer games and running in the beautiful Arizona weather.