Nitronex Names Sadler Principal Engineer
DR. ROBERT A. SADLER has been named principal engineer for Nitronex. He has more than 27 years of industry experience in compound semiconductor device and process engineering. He most recently served as technical director, devices, for Northrop Grumman Corp., where he was responsible for the development of GaN technology. He also previously worked at RF Micro Devices as a principal scientist responsible for the initial pilot production of GaN power transistors. Sadler is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a permanent member of the IEEE Electron Device Society and Microwave Theory & Techniques Society. He has published more than 75 technical papers and holds 11 US patents on compound semiconductor devices and processes.

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