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KLA Engineer Earns First SEMICON Emerging Young Leader Award

Jun 6, 2023 2 min read

Dr. Avinash Srinivasan, senior manufacturing design engineer, Global Operations, KLA Singapore, is the inaugural recipient of the SEMICON Southeast Asia 2023 Emerging Young Leader Award.

“I am honored to receive this recognition. It is very satisfying that my manager and the management at KLA Singapore found me deserving of a nomination. And then to win this award among other nominations from various leading companies in the semiconductor sector in Southeast Asia truly recognizes the work of our manufacturing team, and this delights me.”

Dr. Avinash Srinivasan, senior manufacturing design engineer, KLA Singapore

The Emerging Young Leader Award recognizes SEMI member company engineers under 40 years old who not only demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities of a team that attained significant milestones at their company, but also celebrates their substantial contributions to the semiconductor industry.

Avinash, has worked at KLA since 2017, led technical teams in Singapore and the United States to address complex technical challenges to meet the short and steep ramp of a strategic product during the COVID-19 pandemic.

His role was pivotal in meeting business revenue and growth targets in the eBeam product line during a very critical period. In 2021, Avinash received the Leadership Award at the eBeam division’s quarterly all-hands meeting – “a special testimonial,” he says, “of the great work done by the manufacturing team here in Singapore.”

Avinash receives the first Young Leader Award from Linda Tan, president, SEMI Southeast Asia.
Theo Kneepkens (left), KLA Singapore country president and senior vice president of Global Operations, with Avinash after the awards ceremony.

“Avinash embraced his responsibility as project owner to proactively coordinate with various functional teams and drive toward addressing some of the most critical challenges needed to meet shipping commitments for some of the new product introductions in eBeam,” says Eugene Yap, operations and manufacturing engineering director, KLA Singapore. “He has also worked tirelessly over long hours to address any unforeseen issues that come our way, and it is most impressive that he is still able to manage his positive attitude and personality during these difficult times.”

In addition to meeting KLA business goals, Avinash made significant contributions to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering the mathematics) education as a guest lecturer for Master of Science courses at the National University of Singapore. Through constant engagements internally and externally, he works to increase interest in Singapore’s semiconductor industry among undergraduates and postgraduates.

As part of KLA Foundation initiatives, Avinash also works with disabled students to help prepare them for a transition into the workforce. He also led the initiatives with the Singapore Science Center to co-design a science kit for middle school students containing hands-on experiments in electromagnetism and light optics.

“We also collaborated with other NGOs to identify underserved students who could not afford to buy these kits and organized a visit for some of the kids to KLA Singapore see science in action in our tools,” he says.

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