Covalent Metrology Expands Team, Creates New Technical Groups

SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 2, 2019 — To keep pace with rapid growth, Covalent Metrology recently hired nine new team members and organized its in-house capabilities into four technical groups. These important additions strengthen the Covalent platform of analytical services for materials science innovators, which also includes an expanding host of network lab partners around the country.

Covalent’s in-house capabilities are now grouped as:

·      Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy

·      Optical Characterization and Analysis

·      Materials Failure Analysis 

·      X-ray Characterization


Scanning Probe and Electron Microscopy is a new group that has been formed under the leadership of Dr. David Soltz, who joined Covalent in early September.  Dave brings to Covalent more than 20 years of metrology and characterization instrument development and application experience from such well-known companies as KLA, SunPower and Lumileds. 


Joining Dave in the new group are Jim Shearer, Member of Technical Staff in Electron Microscopy and FIB/SEM, and Dr. Austin Barnes, Member of Technical Staff for Scanning Probe Microscopy.  Jim joined in June and brings with him 25 years of experience in semiconductor failure analysis, including many years working on memory technology with Western Digital / SanDisk.  Austin recently completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where he worked in one of the leading academic groups in scanning probe microscopy.


The Optical Characterization and Analysis Group executes projects using a range of techniques including laser confocal, white light interferometry, spectral ellipsometry, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry, chromatic aberration and FTIR.  Matthew Wong, an experienced technical manager with a M.S. in Chemistry, joined Covalent in August to lead this team.  Matt rose through the ranks at GlassPoint Solar over his 8 years tenure there, most recently being their Manager of Coatings.  


Matt’s team includes Dr. Maxwell Junda, an ellipsometry expert with a Ph.D. and postdoctoral work from the University of Toledo, who joined mid-September, and Kim Tran, a Lab Technician with years of experience at a number of high growth start-ups.  Kim joined Covalent in July.


Materials Failure Analysis continues to be led by Roger Jay, who joined Covalent in connection with the acquisition of SMT Analytical earlier this year.  Tom Rieber joined Roger’s team as a Metrology Engineer in June after graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from San Jose State. 


The X-ray Characterization Group is an important growth area for Covalent and is led by Dr. Colleen Frazer.  Colleen joined Covalent in January 2018 and has been Director of XRD / XRR since that time.  We will announce a series of new capabilities in this area in the coming weeks – so stay tuned! 


In addition to the new technical staff, Covalent is also pleased to welcome Warren Wong as Sr. Manager of Marketing, and Melissa Findley as our new Office Manager and Bookkeeper. 


We are extremely excited about all of our new colleagues and are currently hiring for additional roles, such as:


·      Manager of Facilities and Operations

·      Member of Technical Staff for X-ray Characterization

·      Operations and Project Coordinator

·      Lab Technicians


If you or someone you know would like to be part of a high growth team in our metrology and characterization enterprise, we hope to hear from you soon! 

About Covalent Metrology

Covalent Metrology is dedicated to improving advanced materials R&D through innovation in the metrology services business model. Covalent works with clients to elevate their metrology capabilities, resulting in better data generated in less time and at lower cost. Covalent’s Analytical Services unit currently offers a wide range of imaging, measurement and characterization services (chemical, physical, optical), at a lower cost and with shorter turnaround time than competing labs. Covalent’s Metrology Partners unit offers a suite of services based on client-specific development objectives aimed at improving in-house and external metrology quality, speed and cost. Covalent Metrology is headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley.


Silicon Valley location:

Covalent Metrology Services, Inc.


921 Thompson Pl

Sunnyvale, CA 94086

For more information call (408) 498-4611 or visit the Company’s website at