Kevin Pollock
Kevin L. Pollock, Ph.D.
Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Menlo Park

Dr. Pollock specializes in optics and failure analysis of electronics products. He has extensive experience building custom experimental setups for optical testing, including ray trace modeling, luminance, transmittance, reflectance of surfaces, and radiation safety assessments of LED and laser devices. His electronics expertise includes PCB design review and investigation of external and internal problems such as contamination and cleanliness issues, plated-through-hole defects, solder joint wetting and fatigue issues, component mechanical and thermal failure, and more.

He has led investigations of brushed and brushless DC motor failures focusing on liquid ingress pathways, mechanical damage to windings, and electrical component failures, including Hall Effect sensor and encoder failure.

As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at UC Berkeley, Dr. Pollock designed and built a custom optical setup to perform time-resolved laser experiments that required the spatial and temporal overlap of four laser beams onto a sample in liquid or air environments, using a sample cell that allowed for simultaneous electrochemical measurements to be performed. He mastered skills including thin film deposition (sputtering, CVD, ALD) and characterization (SEM, XRD, EDS), electrochemical testing (current-voltage, Mott-Schottky, capacitance, and photovoltage measurements), and semiconductor junction design and processing. Dr. Pollock has a background in rapid prototyping and is an expert in the automation of data collection and analysis using programming languages such as Python, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, and Igor Pro.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • B.A., Chemistry, Carleton College, 2010
  • U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellow, Department of Physics, Konstanz, Germany, 2011

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2016

    UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award, 2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified IPC Trainer (IPC-A-600), Serial No. 600-T2808404238, valid through January 2020

Certified IPC Trainer (IPC-A-610), Serial No. 610-T3808697407, valid through April 2020

LANGUAGES

  • German

Publications

Pollock KL, Doan HQ, Rustagi A, Stanton CJ, Cuk T. Detecting the Photoexcited Carrier Distribution Across GaAs/Transition Metal Oxide Interfaces by Coherent Longitudinal Acoustic Phonons. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2017, Volume 8 (5), 922-928.

Hoang Q. Doan, Pollock KL, Cuk T. Transient Optical Diffraction of GaN/aqueous Interfaces: Interfacial Carrier Mobility Dependence on Surface Reactivity. Chemical Physics Letters 2016, Vol. 649, 1-7.

Pollock KL, Junge J, Hahn G. Detailed Investigation of Surface Passivation Methods for Lifetime Measurements on P-Type Silicon Wafers. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics 2012, Vol. 2 (1), 1-6.

Yuqing Liu, Pollock KL, Cavicchi KA. Synthesis of Poly(trioctylammonium p-styrenesulfonate) Homopolymers and Block Copolymers by RAFT Polymerization. Polymer 2009, Vol. 50 (26), 6212-6217.

Presentations

Pollock KL, et al. The Effect of Surface Reactivity on Hole Diffusivity Probed by Transient Grating Spectroscopy. International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, August 2016.

Pollock KL, et al. Surface Charge Mobility Probed by Transient Grating Spectroscopy. Poster presentation, Molecular Interactions and Dynamics Gordon Research Conference and Seminar, Stonehill College, MA, July 2016. 

Pollock KL, et al. Detailed investigation of surface passivation methods for lifetime measurements on silicon wafers. Speaker, 20-minute talk, 2011 IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, Seattle, WA, June 2011.

Prior Experience

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 2011-2016

UC Berkeley Graduate Student Instructor, 2011-2014

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • B.A., Chemistry, Carleton College, 2010
  • U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellow, Department of Physics, Konstanz, Germany, 2011

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2016

    UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award, 2012

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Certified IPC Trainer (IPC-A-600), Serial No. 600-T2808404238, valid through January 2020

Certified IPC Trainer (IPC-A-610), Serial No. 610-T3808697407, valid through April 2020

LANGUAGES

  • German