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Dr. Linton Salmon

Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Technical Advisor to the Principal Director for Microelectronics
Impacts of (Zero) Trust in DoD Microelectronics to Commercial Industry

Dr. Linton Salmon currently serves as the Principal Technical Advisor to the Principal Director for Microelectronics in Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)). In this role, Dr. Salmon provides technical support for the DoD Microelectronics strategy, including technical guidance for key programs such as SHIP, RAMP, and RAMP-C. Dr. Salmon also leads the team establishing the Quantifiable Assurance (QA) method to provide supply chain assurance for DoD microelectronic components and leads drafting of the standards required to implement QA.

Prior to serving as a technical advisor in OUSD(R&E), Dr. Salmon served as program manager in the MTO office at DARPA. In this capacity, Dr. Salmon initiated and managed programs in integrated circuit design (CRAFT), hardware security (SSITH), Monolithic 3-D Technology (3D-SoC), and a joint government/industry program to drive microelectronics research in universities (JUMP).

Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Salmon spent 15 years in executive roles directing development of CMOS technology from the 130nm node through the 7nm node at Texas Instruments, Advanced Micro Devices, and GlobalFoundries. He focused on development of semiconductor processes, technology enablement, design/technology interaction, and ramping of developed technology into production in 300mm wafer fabrication factories in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to joining AMD, Dr. Salmon was Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at Case Western Reserve University, interfacing between faculty and external entities in the commercialization of university-led research. Prior to CWRU, Dr. Salmon was associate professor of electrical engineering and physics and Associate Dean of Engineering at Brigham Young University where his research areas included CMOS processes, micro-battery research, advanced packaging, and MEMS.

Dr. Salmon began his career directing development of III-V materials and processes for DoD and commercial applications at Hughes Research Laboratories and Rockwell International. 

Dr. Salmon earned his B.S. degree in physics at Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied and engineering physics at Cornell University.