Melissa Mendias, Ph.D., CFEI
Senior Associate
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Phoenix

Dr. Mendias has an extensive background in semiconductor manufacturing and materials, having worked in both process and quality engineering at Intel where she focused her efforts on efficiency improvements through predictive maintenance and automated data analysis. She managed big data systems and helped to implement the first Tri-Gate processes through statistical and model-based methods. Dr. Mendias was also one of the lead faculty members involved in the start-up of the undergraduate engineering program at Grand Canyon University, where she designed and taught several courses including the Materials Science course and lab for Electrical Engineering students. She is experienced in materials characterization methods, particularly scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy.

Her master’s and doctoral research at Michigan Technological University included VLSI design work for the Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory and the development of a localized heating process for the single-chip integration of MEMS-based sensors with CMOS circuitry, respectively. She also has a background in automotive engineering and electronics from internships at Chrysler and Motorola as well as several personal vehicle and ATV projects.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2007
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2000
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2001-2004.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certificate in Modern Language and Area Study (Spanish), 1999

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator #23976-13770

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish

Patents

US Patent 7,193,193: Magnetic Annealing of Ferromagnetic Thin Films using Induction Heating, March 2007 (M. Trombley, P. Bergstrom)

US Patent 6,878,909: Induction Heating of Thin Films, April 2005 (M. Trombley, P. Bergstrom)

Prior Experience

Faculty and Subject Matter Expert, Grand Canyon University, 2015-2019

Yield Engineer, Intel, 2010-2015

Process Engineer, Intel, 2006-2010

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Fire Investigators

Society of Automotive Engineers

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

National Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi

National Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2007
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2000
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow, 2001-2004.

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certificate in Modern Language and Area Study (Spanish), 1999

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator #23976-13770

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish