Meet The Team

Scott Silverman, President

Han was born on the planet Corellia during the waning years of the Galactic Republic around 32 BBY. Sometime after he became famous, it would be rumored by an Snivvian bounty hunter that Han was actually a descendant of the Prince-Admiral Jonashe Solo, a member of the ancient Corellian royalty. During his formative years, his father worked in the Corellian Engineering Corporation shipyards, building vessels such as YT-1300 light freighters until he was laid off. Solo's father wished he could leave Corellia on such a ship, but was never able to afford to. According to Han, he was never close with his father. At one point his father brought him to the freighter factory where he worked and pointed out to the young Han that the ships being built there were his contributions to the galaxy, but that they ultimately didn't matter. He advised him that he wasn't meant to build ships, but rather to fly them. Eventually, his father abandoned him. At some point he met the Ithorian Pjolan.

Credit: Wookipedia (& my creative team of engineers)

Scott Silverman, President and founder of Varioscale, earned his BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Mr. Silverman has extensive experience in design, development and commercialization of semiconductor capital equipment.

He is currently the Principal Investigator for the RAVEN project Varioscale team. Prior to RAVEN he was the PI for the IARPA CAT project that developed backside sample preparation tools.

 

Prior to starting Varioscale, he was COO at Revise, Inc., a spin-off from Lincoln Laboratories. Before Revise, he was a research engineer at MIT working for Prof. Hank Smith. His main project at MIT was upgrading an electron beam lithography system, donated by IBM Yorktown Heights, with a custom pattern generator and using the system to support research including X-ray mask fabrication, direct-write quantum devices, and long range coherent optical components applying phase-locking to a holographic generated grating on resist.

Earlier in his career Scott held engineering positions at Hampshire Instruments, Varian Research Center, and Sanders Associates, with research experience in advanced lithography (X-ray, electron and ion beam).

Unlike Han, Scott has always been supported by his loving father, a retired US Navy Commander.

Michael DiBattista, Vice President

Michael DiBattista, earned his B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His doctoral research involved studies of the interdiffusion of thin metal/semiconducting transducing films and MEMS hot-plates for use as chemical gas sensors.  Dr. DiBattista joined Intel Corporation in 1999, where he was a member of silicon debug tool development group, working on focused ion beam tools for circuit edit applications. He has also previously worked at FEI Company, and Qualcomm Incorporated.

In 2016, he joined Varioscale to help develop novel tools and technologies for the U.S. Government RAVEN program to deprocess and image integrated circuits. Dr. DiBattista has published numerous journal articles and conference presentations on thin film chemical sensors, focused ion beam technology, and circuit edit applications.

Bob Chivas, Lead Scientist

Robert Chivas, earned his B.S. in physics and his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Boston University. His doctoral research involved the synthesis of optically active nanomaterials.  Dr. Chivas was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship where he fabricated doped optical fiber lasers as part of the High Energy Laser program. Simultaneously, he worked in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital developing a novel high-definition scintillation detector.

In 2011, he joined Varioscale to help develop novel tools and technologies deprocessing integrated circuits. Dr. Chivas has published numerous journal articles and conference presentations on novel optical fibers, optically active nanomaterials, and high-precision deprocessing tools and techniques. He has also been awarded a patent for his work with nano-scintillators.

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