Chris has 30 years of industry experience. He earned an engineering degree in chemistry at the University of Applied Science in the German Alps. He began as engineer for 1Mb DRAM on 4- and 5-inch wafers at the new pilot line at Siemens in Munich, Germany in 1986 and for 4Mb DRAM at the new fab in Regensburg. In 1990 Chris moved to the US as one of the first members of the “Development Alliance Team” at IBM Fishkill, New York, where he was involved with the wafer transition to the world’s first 200mm fab and the development of the 64Mbit to 1Gbit memory chips; during this time he was author and co-author of multiple patents and author of various publications. From 1996 to 1999 he held the positions of engineering manager and director of the world’s first 300mm beta line at International Sematech in Austin, Texas. In 1999, he became the quality assurance manager for Memory and Graphics chips for North America at Infineon in San Jose, California. Chris joined Strategic Marketing Associates in California as senior analyst and director of market research in 2001. Since 2007, he conducts worldwide fab database research and forecasts in the Industry Research and Statistics group at SEMI headquarters in San Jose, California. For over 20 years he is a member of the VDI Germany (Association of German Engineers) and IEEE.