Hari Ponnekanti is corporate vice president and general manager of Dielectric CVD Products at Applied Materials, Inc. He rejoined the semiconductor group following seven years in various management roles for Thin Film and Crystalline Silicon Solar Products.
Mr. Ponnekanti first joined Applied in 1994 and supported the engineering and product development teams in Dielectric Systems and Modules and Metal Deposition Product groups. He was one of the original inventors of the successful Producer (CVD) and Charger (PVD) products and helped lead their global development and productization.
Mr. Ponnekanti holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston, Texas. In 2011, he was named an Applied Materials Fellow for outstanding technical contributions that have been vital to the company’s success.