"Being a volunteer has given me a lot of experience (and fun!) that I would have missed otherwise. Involvement in the ESDA has brought me into contact with people from all over the world. An experience that I value highly."
Dr. Theo Smedes holds an Msc and Ph.D in device modeling aspects from the Eindoven University of Technology. He spent the next four years at the Delft University of Technology on the development of circuit extraction software for substrate coupling analysis.
Theo joined Philips Semiconductors in 1995 where he began work on statistical circuit simulations. In 1999 he became involved with ESD, servicing the design teams within the company and attended the 1999 symposium where he started his ESD education. In 2006 Philips Semiconductors became NXP Semiconductors where Theo is still working in the field of ESD and is active representing NXP in the industry council.
Married for almost 20 years to his wife Gonnie, with 2 children, Sharon (15) and Esther (13). Theo enjoys reading and listening to music. Theo likes to ride his bike to work and in winter, he enjoys skating, especially when the winter is cold enough to allow tours on the natural ice of the canals and lakes of the Netherlands. During the summer holidays, Theo and his family often go to other (European) countries where they love to do short hiking trips and city visits.
Theo has published several papers at the EOS/ESD symposium. He is active in all aspects of the Symposium technical program process; this past year Theo was Technical Program Committee chair. Theo has also participated in the symposium workshops as a panelist and moderator. He is currently a member of all Device Testing Standards Working Groups and has contributed to with data, sharing experiences, and document reviews. Theo is also the 2012 IEW Discussion Groups Chair and part of the IEW organization committee. Sometimes volunteering is just for a small job: It was necessary to convert several years of proceedings into an IEEE compliant format. This was needed to get the proceedings in IEEExplore. I did this together with Tim Maloney.
Theo tells us that the ESDA has been (and still is) a very good source for education. Initially through the tutorials, but as you gain experiences the papers and the review work continue to be educational. "There is always something new to discover." He says. The work on the standards working groups allowed him to broaden his scope towards ESD testing and both the symposium and the Industry Council allowed Theo to be more active in ESD control aspects. "Being a volunteer has given me a lot of experience (and fun!) that I would have missed otherwise. Involvement in the ESDA has brought me into contact with people from all over the world; an experience that I value highly.