General Advisor

Don Blair

Business Development Manager
Advantest America

Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio Institute of Technology and was first employed by Schlumberger in San Jose, California focusing on digital and mixed signal application development. He was later employed by HP (then Agilent, Verigy and now Advantest) developing applications on various tester platforms. Don has more than 30 years of experience in the automatic test equipment (ATE) business working to maximize customers’ profits in the development and manufacturing of integrated circuits.

 

Chair Emeritus

Ronald Goerke

Senior Consulting Manager
Advantest America

Ronald graduated with a bachelor’s degree in precision- and microtechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. He joined Advantest Europe in 2000 as an application engineer supporting the T66xx SoC and T63xx LCD tester platforms. In 2006 he transferred to the US and joined Advantest America supporting the T2000 platform at various customer accounts. Ronald began to support the Advantest V93000 platform on SmarTest 8 with a focus on software in 2016. He enjoys watersports in his free time like kite- or windsurfing and playing in the surf of the Southern California coast.

 

General Chair

Matt Borto

Test Engineering Manager
Analog Devices

Matt graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BSEE in 2000 and joined Analog Devices (ADI) as a product and test engineer. Since joining ADI, he has worked on automotive digital SoCs and transceivers as well as RF products. Matt’s areas of technical interest are test vector conversion, test time optimization, and automotive product quality. Matt is based in Wilmington, Massachusetts and enjoys playing and coaching baseball, softball, and basketball as well as attending Broadway musicals with his family.

 

Kiosk Chair

Hagen Goller

Head of V93000 SW R&D Product Definition and Management Team
Advantest Europe

Hagen graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Stuttgart and joined Hewlett-Packard in 1997 as a SW R&D engineer for the development of network management systems. In 2002 he moved to the semiconductor automated test equipment (ATE) group of Agilent Technologies as an application expert and held this position for 10 years. After working several years as solution product manager he is now heading the Advantest V93000 SW R&D product definition and management team.

Don Blair

Ronald Goerke

Matt Borto

Hagen Goller

 

Technical Chair

Linda Haenel

Application Consultant
COE Germany (BBN)

Linda graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, with an M.Sc. in electrical engineering and information technology where she concentrated on semiconductor science. After graduation, she continued her research on the tunneling FET and lectured at the University of Stuttgart until she joined Advantest in 2019. Since then she is part of the BBN COE team as a product expert, supporting different application cases and developing new training content.

 

Technical Co-Chair

Oded Olansky

WCS RF Products Si Test Architect and WCS Haifa Wireless Test Engineering Manager.
Intel

Oded graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the Technion University of Haifa, joined Intel in 1990 as a junior Quality Reliability and Test Engineer and since had different roles in the semiconductor mixed-signal test engineering field and gathered 20+ years of experience in a wide range of wireless technologies.

 

Customer Champion Chair

Cindy Biefnes

Director of Operations, Advantest America Sales Team
Advantest America

Cindy has worked in the ATE industry since 1997. She began her career with Hewlett-Packard supporting the semiconductor test sales team as a contract specialist. She has held various positions at HP, Agilent, Verigy and Advantest including order management, system relocations coordinator, and operations manager for the Americas Customer Business Center. Cindy is currently Director of Operations for the Advantest America sales team.

 

Finance Chair

Tony Loi

Finance Manager
Advantest America

Tony graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and spent a few years working in public accounting before joining Verigy (now Advantest). Tony has over 10 years of experience in finance, accounting, and treasury.

Linda Haenel

Oded Olansky

Cindy Biefnes

Tony Loi

 

Kiosk Co-Chair

Yasunori "Gutch" Yamaguchi

T2000 SoC System, Customer Support
Advantest Corporation

Yasunori Yamaguchi (aka. Gutch) graduated from Niigata University in Japan with an electrical and electronics engineering degree. For 10 years, Gutch worked as a software engineer for a communication infrastructure-related company. He joined Advantest Corporation in 2006 and started off as an application engineer to expand Advantest's T2000 business. Gutch moved to work at Advantest Korea for a year in 2012 and then migrated to Advantest France for 3 years in 2017. Currently, Gutch is part of the T2000 SoC system overseas customer support team in Japan.

 

Communications Support

Alina Del Vecchio

Global Marketing Communications
Advantest Corporation

Ali graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies and Japanese Language from New York University. A recent addition to the Global Marketing Communications team at Advantest, she assists in writing/editing press releases, newsletters, and social media posts. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and playing video games with friends.

 

Workshop Chair

Jeff Brenner

Principal Consultant
Advantest America

Jeff graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has over 20 years of experience spanning multiple domains of semiconductor test and a wide variety of device types. Jeff is a Principal Consultant in the Advantest Center of Expertise (COE) primarily focused on test solutions for wireless devices.

 

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Julia Kern

Marketing Communications
Advantest Europe

Julia has started her 2-year apprenticeship with Advantest in 2018 and after graduation she joined the MarCom team in 2020. After a further education she is now a Bachelor Professional of Management for Industry and organizes customer events and trade fairs for Advantest in Europe. She also supports the social media team in Europe with creating content and graphics.

Yasunori "Gutch" Yamaguchi

Alina Del Vecchio

Jeff Brenner

Julia Kern

 

Operations Chair

Junko Nakaya

Global Events Program Manager
Advantest America

For the past 20+ years, Junko served as a global event manager at Cascade Microtech and FormFactor, managing worldwide tradeshows, user group conferences and global sales training programs. She also has hands-on experience with product launch activities and brand integration/transition projects through company acquisitions. Junko is currently the trade show program manager on the Global Marketing Communications team at Advantest America.

 

Sponsorship Chair

Cassandra Koenig

Global Marketing Communications Senior Manager
Advantest Europe

Cassandra has 25 years’ experience working in marketing communications for the semiconductor industry. She is currently responsible for pan-European and Israel marketing for Advantest, having also worked in different marketing positions for Verigy, Agilent Technologies and HP in the Netherlands and Silicon Valley. Cassandra has sat on industry boards for the annual International Test Conference and SEMI’s Advanced Packaging Conference, in addition to presenting as an expert guest speaker for SEMI’s trade show training web series. She graduated with honors from Clark University with one year at the University of Trier, Germany.

 

Marketing Chair

Hira Hassan

Global Marketing Communications Specialist
Advantest America

Hira graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific. As a member of Advantest’s Global Marketing Communications team, she leads Advantest's social media marketing initiative and supports global branding activities like industry conferences. She is skilled in graphic design and has interests in digital marketing communications. Hira enjoys discovering new music, traveling and playing board games with her friends.

 

Marketing and Operations Co-Chair

Tamanna Khan

Global Marketing Communications Specialist
Advantest America

Tamanna graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in political science. Shortly after graduation, she found her passion for social media and dedicated her time to learning more about digital marketing. She enjoys creating content, studying data analytics, and developing effective marketing strategies that will improve engagement for businesses. As a new member of the Advantest family, she intends to use her expertise to support the Global MarCom team and help increase performance.

Junko Nakaya

Cassandra Koenig

Hira Hassan

Tamanna Khan

To contact the VOICE Committee, email: mktgcomms@advantest.com

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