--> Dr. Zheng Xu£¬Sierra Solar Power Inc.,£¬CEO & Founder
Dr. Zheng Xu£¬Sierra Solar Power Inc.,£¬CEO & Founder Close Window

Dr. Xu founded Sierra Solar Power Inc with a vision to make solar electricity more affordable through high volume automatic production and improved solar cell conversion efficiency.

Prior to Sierra Solar Power, Dr. Xu was an executive at Applied Materials, Inc. for 15 years. Most recently, he was corporate vice president and general manager of CPI products business group, a metal thin film products group in Applied Materials. In his role, Dr. Xu spearheaded the development, the market penetration, and the manufacturing cost reduction of leading edge thin film products such as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). By 2006, the CPI business group significantly improved product differentiation, market momentum, and business performance, and achieved > $1.2B revenue, with 73% market share in metal thin film market and >55% gross margin. Recently, Dr. Xu also initiated the new product development in Xi¡¯an, China, built the team and infrastructure, and developed the first 300mm semiconductor equipment in China.

Dr. Xu joined Applied Materials in 1992 as a process engineer; he was a team member of an internal startup, the PVD products division. During his tenure, he advanced rapidly from technology manager, senior manager, director, managing director, general manager of metal CVD division, general manager of PVD division, and vice president.

Dr. Xu began his career at Toshiba Corporation as a thin film engineer after he received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also owns a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University in Japan. He received his B.S. in semiconductor devices from Zhejiang University in China. Author of numerous technical papers, Dr. Xu holds 69 US patents and 13 US patents pending.