The semiconductor industry shapes the very fabric of our technological age, influencing nearly every aspect of our daily lives and driving the global economy. Whether it's the smartphones we use casually or the High-Power Computing (HPC) systems powering cutting-edge Generative AI applications, powerful semiconductor chips lie at the heart of it all. These chips, comprised of numerous miniature semiconductor components, particularly transistors, are marvels of modern engineering.

 Just how complex and densely packed are these chips? Consider the A17 Pro, a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip (SoC) developed by Apple for the iPhone 15 Pro, boasting an astounding 19 billion transistors. And then there's NVIDIA's H100, hailed as the world's most advanced chip, featuring a mind-boggling 80 billion transistors! Such ultra-high-scale integration has been made possible through years of relentless miniaturization of semiconductor components, resulting in reduced space and power consumption, thereby enabling the integration of larger devices that comprise these formidable systems.

However, despite these remarkable advancements, the semiconductor industry faces a host of challenges that could potentially impede or restrict the ongoing miniaturization process, which aligns with Moore's Law. First articulated by Gordon Moore in 1965, Moore's Law observes that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit (IC) doubles approximately every two years, corresponding to the introduction of new technology nodes. The sustainability of Moore's Law is a perennial question, that has been raised before and is likely to resurface.

In response to these challenges and to foster continued technological growth, scientists and engineers continuously push the boundaries of semiconductor technology through innovative designs and structural enhancements. A prominent trend in this evolutionary journey is the adoption of 3D structures in advanced technology nodes and, most recently, in advanced packaging. In this post, we’ll briefly review the 3D evolution occurring at the component, device, and system levels of semiconductor chips.

3D Components Evolution

The transistor, the cornerstone of semiconductor design, has encountered physical limitations with the Planar transistor around the 28 nm technology node. Shrinking the transistor's channel and gate at this stage degraded its performance, necessitating innovative designs. This led to the introduction of the FinFET and, later, the Nanosheet (Gate-All-Around) transistor. While this evolution did not curb the rise in transistor costs in advanced technology nodes (16 nm and beyond), it facilitated further enhancements in performance, particularly in switching speed and current density. The transistor's 3D evolution beyond Nanosheet continues in R&D with the future “true 3D” CFET (nFET over pFET).

3D evolution of Transistors
3D evolution of Transistors [1]

In the Memory segment, specifically DRAM, the bit cell, comprising two fundamental components—the transistor and a storage capacitor (1T1C)—is undergoing a similar evolution. It represents the second design evolution after the initial developments in the '70s and '80s. The storage capacitor has evolved from its initial Planar structure in 2 different paths – the trench (barried) capacitor and the stacked capacitor, that eventually, years later, privailed. It’s Cylinder structure was gradually formed in order to maintain sufficient capacitance as feature size is reduced. This evolution necessitated introducing new high-K dielectric materials to achieve desired capacitance values.

Major Advancements in DRAM Cell Innovation
Major Advancements in DRAM Cell Innovation

With the capacitor's geometry fixed on the cylinder shape, the focus shifted to minimizing the bit cell size and structure in order to maximize the overall memory capacity. It evolved (shrank) from 8F2 to 6F2 (F = Feature Size), with its capacitor becoming narrower and taller (Pillar-like) with the introduction of each new technology node. The industry is now moving toward a 4F2 size cell featuring a vertical capacitor on top of a vertical channel transistor (VCT).

DRAM memory cell size scale down and 4F2-based bit cell with vertical transistor [2] & [3]
DRAM memory cell size scale down and 4F2-based bit cell with vertical transistor [2] & [3]

3D Devices Evolution - Memory

Moving on to the device level, let's have a look at the memory segment and continue with the DRAM evolution. While the above-mentioned 4F2 architecture makes the memory cell smaller from an area standpoint, the capacitor consumes a lot of vertical space. The proposed solution to the ongoing capacitance challenge is to flip the cell onto its side, with the capacitors now oriented horizontally. This approach paves the way to a “single device” 3D DRAM, as the memory cells can be now stacked to form a tall vertical structure. This will require enough layers on this type of 3D DRAM to offset the increase in the lateral footprint in order to make it cost-effective.

2D (left) to 3D (right) DRAM transformation

 

Samsung Electronics recently shared a technology roadmap presented at Memcom, Link- https://semiwiki.com/forum/index.php?threads/samsung-announces-plans-for-3d-dram-development-with-sub-10nm-technology.19973/

in which 2D DRAMs featuring VCTs and 4F2 cell design are expected to emerge in 2027–2028. Samsung also plans to adopt a 3D stacked DRAM process technology sometime in the early 2030s. Meanwhile, 3D DRAM in the form of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) is already a reality, achieved through system-level (packaging) integration.

There’s currently a high focus on 3D DRAM evolution, following NAND Flash memory's transformation to 3D, which is used in smartphones, tablets, and storage devices like SSDs.

3D NAND Stack
Vertically stacked 3D NAND Flash (Source: Lam Research)

 

In 3D NAND Flash, memory cells are already stacked vertically in layers, allowing for increased capacity within a smaller footprint, thus significantly reducing the cost-per-byte. Vertical stacking also enables shorter connection paths between the layers, leading to lower latency and higher performance. However, manufacturing this memory stack presents a major challenge due to the high aspect ratio etching of the channel area. This is addressed by further vertical expansion through the creation of multi-deck structures.

3D NAND – Single, dual, and triple deck

 

3D System-On-Chip Evolution

The cost associated with leading-edge nodes, combined with the lack of scaling of significant design blocks and die sizes reaching reticle size, is driving the disaggregation of chip functions into their most cost-effective nodes for performance. This necessitates new technologies to interconnect these functions. In response to this new reality of a fragmented "wafer economy," semiconductor manufacturers are gradually transitioning towards a "packaging economy" through advanced packaging and, specifically, heterogeneous integration.

Advanced Packaging: 3D Heterogenous Integration
Advanced Packaging: 3D Heterogenous Integration illustration

 

Heterogeneous Integration involves combining devices from different technology nodes to form a complete System in a Package (SiP). Similar to 3D devices, transitioning from a horizontally integrated 2D and 2.5D architecture to a vertically integrated 3D architecture reduces package size and improves performance metrics such as latency and power dissipation.

A notable example of such 3D system integration is HBM (High-Bandwidth Memory), mentioned earlier. HBM is a standardized stacked memory technology that provides wide data channels both within the stack and between the memory and logic components. Stacked DRAM dies are connected to other functional dies through TSVs (Through Silicon Vias), Microbumps, and an Interposer.

3D memory based on stacked HBM DRAM dies
3D memory based on stacked HBM DRAM dies

 

Manufacturing and Process Control in the 3D Era

This tri-layered 3D evolution profoundly impacts semiconductor manufacturing processes and associated metrology. Complex 3D structures must be precisely fabricated, posing new and challenging critical dimensions to measure. Introducing new materials across different process steps necessitates analysis for composition, concentration, contamination, and strain.

While this increase in process steps and complexity expands the scope and intensity of metrology, the objectives of high-yield and cost-effective manufacturing of advanced semiconductor devices remain paramount. As far as metrology is concerned, achieving these objectives is facilitated through multidisciplinary metrology, Link- https://www.novami.com/products/products-overview innovative migration of traditional lab tools to HVM in fabs (e.g., XPS, Link-  https://www.novami.com/nova-technology/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-xps/ Raman, Link- https://www.novami.com/nova-technology/raman-spectroscopy/ SIMS Link- https://www.novami.com/nova-technology/secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry-sims/ ), the development of Machine Learning Link- https://www.novami.com/nova-product/nova-fit/and advanced 3D modeling algorithms, and the introduction of out-of-the-box Hybrid Metrology  Link- https://www.novami.com/nova-technology/hybrid-metrology/ solutions for highly complex metrology challenges.

technology solutions to these ever-evolving challenges, supporting the semiconductor industry's continuous growth. If you're eager to contribute to this exciting journey, explore opportunities on our career page today! Link to Career Site https://www.novami.com/careers/working-at-nova/

Images credits:

[1] 3-D Self-aligned Stacked NMOS-on-PMOS Nanoribbon Transistors for Continued Moore’s Law Scaling; Authors: multiple (Source: IEEE Link- https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9372066)
[2] Development of three-dimensional MOS structures from trench-capacitor DRAM cell to pillar-type transistor; Author: Hideo Sunami (Source: IEEE) Link- https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Development-of-three-dimensional-MOS-structures-to-Sunami/b441177720b61520c69fe27cdb29ea5eb8ba31a3
[3] 1T-1C Dynamic Random Access Memory Status, Challenges, and Prospects Authors:  Alessio Spessot and Hyungrock Oh (Source: IEEE  Link- https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8976234

 

 

 

 

Imagine transitioning from solving tech puzzles to leading a room full of yogis into meditation. This is exactly what Aaron Loss does, with one foot in the tech world and the other in a yoga studio.

His fascinating path took him from anthropology studies at San Jose State University to the spiritual land of India, and now, to our very own Nova, where he works as a help desk technician and also instructs yoga classes to the team.

Today he shares with us his inspiring journey which blends tech, learning, teaching, and tranquility.

Aaron Loss

Aaron, could you share a bit about your background and what led you to Yoga? 

Right now, I’m wrapping up my anthropology degree at San Jose State University. I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and our physical and cultural evolution, which is why I dove into anthropology. I’ve been into fitness for about 12 to 13 years, mainly teaching weight training and high-intensity classes, like what you’d see in CrossFit. But, after a while, all that heavy lifting and marathon training started to take its toll on my body.

That's when I got curious about yoga.

At first, it was just about stretching out those sore muscles, but then I really got into it after taking some classes. I figured, I’m already certified in all these other fitness disciplines, why not add yoga to the mix? So, I looked into teacher training programs, comparing costs here in the States and in India, where yoga originated. It turned out going to India for the training was not only cheaper but also felt more authentic. So, I took a break from school and headed over there. I spent about 6 weeks at an ashram, immersed in yoga from dawn till dusk. It was intense, covering everything from different yoga styles to philosophy and meditation. That experience really opened my eyes to what yoga is all about, way beyond just the physical practice. It shifted my whole perspective on fitness and life in general.

After coming back from India, how did you manage to weave yoga into your everyday life? 

It's kind of a cool story. Right when I got back, I literally bumped into a conversation about yoga in a Starbucks line. The person behind me was about to open a yoga studio and we just clicked. Before I knew it, I was teaching yoga regularly, something I hadn't planned but absolutely loved. Then the pandemic hit, and like everyone else, I had to pivot—moving classes online and keeping that connection alive through screens and outdoor parks. It was a shift, but it kept my passion for teaching burning.

We are curious to know how did you make the shift from Yoga and anthropology into tech and specifically into Nova?

Along with teaching Yoga I have attained my AA in cybersecurity, and I was on the hunt for some real-world experience in the tech industry. I joined an outsourcing company which assigned me to work mainly with Nova, which turned out to be this incredible learning curve. Being at Nova is being at the forefront of tech—it is about dealing with pressure but more about the pace and the constant learning. I am often thrown into the deep end, but thanks to my teammates and some savvy engineers, I never feel alone. They guide me through, so in turn, I can support them. It is a real team effort.

After a year of working as a contractor Nova decided to bring things in-house. They wanted my colleague Ivan and me to join full-time, to really be part of Nova's journey. When I got the offer, I was honestly thrilled. The opportunity to grow with Nova was something I couldn't pass up. So, in December, I made the switch to being a full-time employee.

What are you enjoying most about your current job? 

I love working with computers and I have been building my own PCs since I was around 13 years old. I’ve always enjoyed an environment where I can take apart and tinker with a device to see what might be causing it issues. Working in fitness has also shown me that I love working with people and my current job allows me the best of both worlds to solve problems together with my team.

What makes working at Nova special to you? 

My coworkers at Nova are enjoyable to work with. They are all extremely dedicated and committed to their goals. The wealth of knowledge and passion they all share is inspiring, and it keeps me motivated to continue my education as well as my personal and career growth.

What does the IT team contribute to our company mission? 

The IT team is what keeps the internal gears of a company running smoothly. We are constantly on the lookout for issues that may arise and we take proactive steps to prevent them from causing any problems to other teams or individuals. If there is an issue that prohibits someone from getting their work done then we quickly remedy the problem and produce documentation to ensure we can approach it more effectively in the future. When the IT team is effective in their approach to problem solving then the rest of Nova can do what they need to with peace of mind.

How are you empowered by Nova to make an impact? 

Nova is always moving forward in a positive way, whether its through their position in the metrology sciences, their willingness and care to make a smaller impact on the environment, or their dedication to their employees and communities there are always opportunities to make an impact. I am empowered to continue my growth in IT knowledge to better assist my team. In alignment with Nova I am proactive in limiting my carbon footprint while volunteering whenever there are events that are offered to help others. I participate in Nova’s internal events whenever possible so that I can be active in strengthening our community.

How did you end up offering yoga classes to your Nova colleagues? 

In the past I had some experience with teaching at companies who wanted a bit of wellness for their teams. It was different, not your typical studio crowd, but I loved the challenge and the change of pace. Fast forward to my early days at Nova, and I'm chatting with my colleagues, sharing bits about my life outside of tech, including my passion for yoga.

Then Keren from HR heard about it and thought, "Why not bring yoga to Nova?"

I was all for it—I mean, talking about yoga, practicing it, teaching it, it's all up my alley. We started planning, sorting out when and where, and just like that, I found myself rolling out mats with my colleagues at Nova. It all came together quicker than I expected. It's an amazing experience which brings a slice of calm to our busy days. 

What kind of feedback have you received from your colleagues about the yoga classes?

Well, the feedback has been positive. They've been curious, asking insightful questions after class. Questions like how they can improve a specific pose or where to find good online classes to complement our weekly sessions. It shows me they're not just participating; they're genuinely interested in incorporating yoga into their lives. And that's been fantastic to see. It's all about finding that sweet spot—bringing a bit of physical wellness into our workday without overdoing it. It's been rewarding, really, seeing how a little stretch and mindfulness can start to shift how we approach our day at the office and beyond. 

Aaron, your journey from fitness enthusiast to a Yoga instructor to a help desk technician exemplifies the power of balance and importance of wellness. We value your dedication to sharing the transformative power of yoga with your Nova colleagues since it not only enriches our work life but it also strengthens our teamwork and highlights the importance of holistic well-being.

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At the heart of Nova Korea's dynamic team is Sunil Sohn, our HR manager. Sunil, with her unique background in French Literature, took a fascinating turn into the high-tech industry, weaving through companies like Motorola and Nokia, before landing with us at Nova in 2021. Her journey is anything but ordinary, driven by a love for cutting-edge technology and a company culture that's all about dreaming big and daring to innovate. Today, we're chatting with Sunil to uncover the heartbeat of Nova Korea and to see what makes it tick for someone with such a rich tapestry of experiences. Let's get the inside scoop directly from Sunil and find out what it's really like to be part of the Nova family.   

Sunil, could you share a little about your background before joining Nova?

Certainly. My education in French Language and Literature wasn’t a typical starting point for my tech-oriented HR career but here I am. I began at Motorola, moved through several high-tech companies, and joined Nova in 2021. For over 21 years, I've been drawn to companies that are at the forefront of technology because they push us towards a smarter, better life. Nova's commitment to innovation and this deeply resonated with me, making my decision to join an easy one. What motivates me to stay at Nova are the company values and vision and how they are being implemented daily: dream, dare, listen, innovate, and execute.

What should candidates know when they start the interview process with Nova Korea?

We are looking for passionate individuals with a positive mindset and agility. Our culture is one of equal opportunities, fair treatment, and mutual respect.

Based on our mutual trust, we operate on a hybrid model, balancing work-from-home policies with in-office engagement, emphasizing accountability and the value of each employee's voice.

Additionally, as a global company with various subsidiaries, working at Nova opens up opportunities for our employees to travel to customers and other offices for learning and training purposes, as well as options for extended business travels.

Just a few weeks ago, two Nova Korea employees, who recently joined, traveled to Nova Germany for training in the Chemical Metrology Division (CMD). Not only did they learn and train on our Chemical Metrology products, but they also established great working relationships with their colleagues in Germany. Their feedback was that they had a great time both professionally and personally.  

Can you describe how Nova Korea upholds the values of DEIB  in its overall approach and philosophy and as part of Nova's culture?

I’d like to mention just how much our management is totally on board with the diversity and inclusion mindset

We've also rolled out DEIB training for our leaders and managers. It's all about making them more aware and figuring out how to weave these ideas into our day-to-day work.

Opportunities like these let everyone show what they're made of and grow. And that ultimately make Nova Korea employees feel that they have a real impact.

Nova Korea's new office space is designed to enhance employee experience and represents Nova’s strategy of One Nova, where everyone feels at home at any of Nova offices worldwide. What are some of the unique office features that employees are most excited about?

Our new office really matches the look and feel of Nova’s global offices, and it's all set up with ESG and sustainability in mind. When we walk in first thing in the morning, the reception area at the main entrance really makes us feel good and proud to be part of Nova.

What the employees really love are the informal meeting rooms. They've got comfy sofas, nice carpets, and decorations that make everything feel cozy, not to forget the plants. They can take a break, maybe even sneak in a nap, or just chat with someone from a different department. It's all about relaxing and recharging.

In these rooms, people tend to open up more, be honest, and really listen to each other. I've noticed that these special touches help a lot with making everyone more productive and boosting morale and engagement around here.

What development opportunities does Nova Korea offer to ensure both professional and personal growth for its employees?

We're really focused on and dedicated to our employees' personal and professional growth, using a variety of tools and methods. We offer a personal coaching program, English training, leadership trainings, technical trainings, and an Employee Education Assistance Program. We also encourage our employees to experience global mobility by working in other territories, like the USA, for short-term assignments (2-3 months extended business trips). Beyond just global mobility, we give our employees the chance to move internally—from Service to Apps, Apps to Sales—to support their career development.

And then there's our learning platform, METRO, which makes it super easy for employees to access and benefit from online training courses. This includes everything from tech seminars and forum contents to soft skills courses. 

What steps does Nova Korea take to foster an environment where every employee feels seen, heard and valued?

We make sure that employees feel seen and heard all the time. Our working culture is built on friendliness, mutual respect, and trust, no matter what your job level or how long you've been with us. Every employee is treated fairly and equally. We take their voices and feedback very seriously, using DEIB surveys to gather their thoughts, and our staff and management team are fully committed to creating action plans in response to this feedback.

What initiatives are in place at Nova Korea to help employees improve their English and facilitate better global communication?

Most of our employees already speak English quite well, which is important because, as a multinational company, we test all candidates for their language proficiency during the interview process. Recognizing that language skills are crucial for business and communication, we offer one-on-one English training with native instructors, as well as business English courses offline, like presentation skills courses, among others.

Could you share some insights into the business travel opportunities available to Nova Korea employees and how these experiences contribute to their professional development?

People in tech roles at Nova Korea, like those in Application and Service, are always eager to expand their knowledge with the latest technologies. That's why we provide opportunities for business travel to places like Israel and the US, where they can pick up advanced technical skills. For longer business trips, employees have the option to bring their families along for 2-3 months. This way, they not only gain professional experience but also enjoy family time and immerse themselves in a completely new culture.
Just recently one of our product experts, was sent, with his family, for an extended business trip in the USA, where he gained valuable training which required a longer stay in the USA. He shared that he and his family all had a great experience, exploring a new country and culture. He expanded his professional skills and knowledge, while his family enjoyed a peep into a different perspective and they came back to Korea with unforgettable memories.

Can you describe some of the fun activities that Nova Korea has introduced to create an engaging and responsible workplace culture and promoting a One Nova employee experience?

We've got many activities lined up every year to keep the workplace lively and responsible. For starters, there's the Tuesday meet-up, Happy Hour, team-building activities, Chimak Day, and the end-of-year party, just to name a few.

Among these activities, "Body Training" and our sort of Sports Day are huge hits with everyone. Back in 2022, we all headed to Jeju Island for a 3-day body training retreat. It was amazing—just chilling, enjoying great food, Soju and Somac, and taking in the beautiful views.

Then, last year, we spiced things up with a Volleyball Competition Day in Yongin. We could feel the bonding, positive energy and vibes and passion of our employees. It did wonders for bringing us all closer as a team.

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Nova's Women's Month 2024 was a lively celebration of strength and presence, featuring a range of engaging activities and heartfelt gatherings. Across Nova's global territories, dynamic panel discussions and meaningful roundtable sessions provided spaces for sharing ideas and inspiring one another. On our social media platforms, we showcased the inspiring stories of our remarkable female colleagues, aiming to inspire others with their experiences and insights.

Here are their stories:

Noa Shinar Ron, VP Corporate Marketing


Noa, how do you champion women's growth within your team?

"I champion women's growth by valuing their personal lives as much as their professional achievements.
I encourage them to step out of their comfort zones, offering mentorship and advice for career and professional development.
I support their continuous learning through external courses and training encouraging them to connect with industry peers.
I ensure equality among all team members while acknowledging and addressing the unique challenges women may face, creating an environment where everyone can thrive."

Noa Shinar- Ron, VP Corporate Marketing, panelist in Nova Israel's Women’s Day panel

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Ting Chen, Service Engineer


Ting, How has your childhood fascination with robotics shaped your career path in mechanical engineering and led you to Nova?

As a child, I grew up surrounded by robot animations, which made me dream of building my own robot.
This led me to pursue all knowledge related to building a robot, and along the way, I discovered a talent for science and programming.
Choosing Mechanical Engineering as my college major was the natural progression. While working on a robotics project in college, I realized that collaboration and communication are the two most essential skills.
I really enjoyed sharing and receiving diverse experiences, and felt it connected with the world.

So, I was looking to work at an international company where I could openly make suggestions for improvement and where my contribution to brainstorming would be significant.
This is why I chose to work at Nova, where I see how much my team values open communication and collaboration.

Ting Chen, Service Engineer

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Sarah Okada, Product Marketing Director


Sarah, Can you share insights on how women can sustain a dynamic and successful career path in the ever-evolving tech landscape?

Like most tech industries, the semiconductor industry is characterized by rapid technology development cycles. Staying abreast of the changes is crucial to ensure a dynamic and successful career path.
Advancements in technology often drive tighter technical requirements and manufacturing process challenges that require innovative solutions, which in turn can provide amazing opportunities for career enrichment and growth.
It's impossible to track all innovation across the entire industry, so I recommend focusing on areas that interest you most.

Participate in technical conferences, read relevant publications, track social media, join special interest groups to keep current on developments in your field.
Seek out opportunities to learn.
Become a subject matter expert.

Sarah Okada, Product Marketing Director, panelist in Nova USA’s Women’s Day panel

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Rui Dai, Application Tech Lead


Rui, What female role models inspired you to pursue a career in tech environment?

Thinking back on what drew me to the tech world, I realize that it wasn't just one or two people who inspired me to pursue a career in tech.
In fact, a whole group of women in science and tech became my role models and impacted my choices. In the history of science, there are so many talented, brilliant, and capable women who've pushed the boundaries of knowledge, sometimes without getting the recognition they deserved.

These female scientists have opened doors for women like me to pursue careers where talent and knowledge matter more than being a man or a woman.
Working in the tech field is right for me because here I am judged based on my skills and not my gender.
This is why I chose to be part of the Women’s Day panel for all Nova women; to share my story and hopefully be a role model for other women.

Rui Dai, Application Tech Lead, panelist in Nova China’s Women’s Day panel

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Valentina Sertic, Chemical Engineer


Valentina, What motivated you to pursue a career in the tech industry?

My fascination with technology began with my innate curiosity, which led me to enroll in a Technical Chemical School, setting my path toward studying Chemical Engineering.
During my studies, I actively participated in various student activities, like the Energy Efficiency Association and developing new materials.

I was also part of the Formula Student competition team, which gave me my first real glimpse into how the tech industry operates, from collaborating between different departments and engineers to creating the final product.
This experience made it clear to me that my future lay in technology.

After working for a few years as a laboratory and process equipment consultant and laboratory analyst, I realized that helping others select the best equipment for their laboratories and processes was something I was passionate about.

Eventually, I decided to move abroad, from my homeland Croatia to Germany to further my career in a direction that felt more aligned with my aspirations.
That's why I feel like I lucked out when I landed my position at Nova as a Chemical Engineer in the Testing Department.

Valentina Sertic, Chemical Engineer, participant in Nova Germany’s Women’s Day round table discussion

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Hyerim Kim, Senior Service Coordinator


Hyerim, since starting at Nova in 2019, what big obstacles have you faced and what helped you overcome them?

Since starting at Nova in 2019, the challenges I faced, especially those stemming from management changes, seemed daunting at first.

However, these obstacles became steppingstones for personal and professional development. I cultivated self-reliance and a sense of responsibility, learning to independently manage my tasks and time.

By setting goals and collaborating with my team, I improved my problem-solving skills, embodying the saying, 'Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.'
Instead of dwelling on the uncontrollable, I embraced the opportunity to drive change, furthering my capabilities.

Nova's support and emphasis on positive communication have been instrumental in this journey, showing me the value of empowerment through teamwork. This approach has not only enabled me to overcome challenges but has also opened doors to continuous learning and growth.

Hyerim Kim, Senior Service Coordinator, panelist in Nova Korea’s Women’s Day panel

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Eyal Sarid, a system engineer at Nova, never imagined that a two-month business relocation to South Korea would be right for him—what would he do so far from home, away from his family?

Yet, with support from the Nova team on the ground, and crucially, with his wife and daughters joining him for the entire stretch, the trip turned into quite the adventure! Eyal successfully set up Nova’s tools, using cutting-edge technology, while the Sarid family had the time of their lives experiencing an unforgettable summer in the captivating land of South Korea. Now that they are back from the relocation, Eyal share his journey with us:

Eyal, we’d love to hear about your background: how long have you been with Nova, and what’s your role?

I'm Eyal, proud father to six amazing kids, and I've been part of the Nova team as a system engineer for the past year and a half, working within the Standalone group. A few months back, Nova tasked me with heading over to a leading customer in South Korea to get a machine up and running, one that’s at the forefront of a new technology we've created at Nova.

Wow, how did the kids react when they first heard about the trip?

The idea came up just before summer. My older kids mentioned they had their own plans for the summer and they prefer to stay in Israel. That was the point my wife and I realized that this relocation might just happen as she really wanted to join and encouraged me, and the younger girls, would simply come with us where ever we take them. My wife was really keen on us going – and in the end, it all worked out beautifully!

Arriving in a new country can be an overwhelming experience. Could you describe your family's first impressions and experiences upon getting to South Korea?

Hands down- this was an absolutely wonderful experience.

The team in Israel really helped smooth our transition, and the welcome we received from the Nova Korea team was incredible! We had just under a month to prepare for this adventure, and they went above and beyond to ensure everything went seamlessly and comfortably.

Additionally, back when we were still in Israel, we reached out to the Chabad house in Seoul. They informed us about a summer camp they were organizing in the first two weeks of July. We thought, "Perfect, instead of summer camps in Israel, why not a summer camp in South Korea for a gentle introduction?" So, for the first two weeks, the girls attended the camp, which introduced us to the community of Israeli and Jewish families in Seoul. It was such a comforting experience and really eased our transition to this new setting. Jewish families in Seoul. It was such a comforting experience and really eased our transition to this new setting.

How did you and your family bridge the distance with friends and family while in Korea? 

My wife set up a WhatsApp group titled 'Survivors in Korea,' a playful nod to our surname, Sarid, which in Hebrew means: survivor.
She added our family and friends and regularly shared her daily experiences. It was a way for me to stay connected and catch glimpses of her day while I was at work. More than that, it became a support system for us, enveloping us in warmth even while we were far from home.

What a lovely idea!

It really was! As part of this, she encouraged me to contribute to the group too saying that I should also share what I’m up to. I listened to my wife, I shared my experiences and received some wonderful feedback!

How exciting! Can you share how you adjusted to South Korea's culture, particularly with regards to food and keeping kosher?

Being a religious Jewish family means that we need to adapt to a new cuisine while keeping kosher and that was an interesting part of the journey.

Back in Israel, we decided to stick to a vegetarian diet while in South Korea, relying mainly on fruits, vegetables, fish, and legumes. Although the variety of fruits and vegetables was somewhat limited, we found more options in fish. Initially, our main food source was the local market. Food became a constant consideration throughout our stay. I quickly realized the importance of cooking for ourselves – otherwise, we'd have little to eat! Supermarket visits were challenging. The girls would eagerly search for kosher labels, often returning disappointed due to the limited availability of such products.

Life abroad often comes with its fair share of surprises. Can you share any other memorable experiences from your time in South Korea?

Yes, we encountered a couple of "mini crises." Two days after our arrival, my youngest daughter’s stroller broke. Without a car and unsure where to buy a new one, we were in a bit of a bind. But after joining a group of Israelis in South Korea, someone generously found us a second-hand stroller, purchased it, and delivered it to us just before Shabbat. This act of kindness was truly heartwarming. We also met some incredibly friendly families who were also relocated to South Korea.

Another challenging situation arose when we discovered that the police had placed a notice on our house, indicating that it was illegal to rent and we needed to vacate. This time, the HR team at Nova was instrumental in assisting us. They supported us from the beginning and at every step, ensuring we found a suitable alternative.

In terms of your professional journey in South Korea, what elements stood out as being especially impactful for you? 

On the professional side, the collaboration and support from Nova's corporate team, as well as everyone at the Korean site, were remarkable. They were always there to assist us with any question or need we had, ensuring we never felt alone.

This was a significant concern before we arrived – the fear of isolation, especially concerning my wife and daughters adapting to the new environment. Fortunately, our experience was incredibly positive throughout our entire stay. We felt comfortable, welcome, and personally fulfilled.

Regarding the work itself, implementing a new system in South Korea felt incredibly significant. I had this strong sense that what I was doing was not just important but fundamental to Nova’s success. It was more than just a job; it felt like making a real impact. 

What was your experience of balancing a demanding work schedule in South Korea while also ensuring quality family time? 

Balancing work and family time was challenging. Most days, I was working from morning till late evening, which sometimes made me feel a bit disconnected from my wife and daughters. Despite having to work on Fridays and Sundays, we managed to squeeze in a couple of short but intense vacations to explore South Korea a bit. Since I was mostly at work, my wife took the lead in managing the girls' schedules, exploring Seoul, and even working remotely during that period.

Looking back at your time in South Korea, how do you think it has helped you in your job now that you're back in Israel? 

When we got back to Israel, I returned to my original role, and I truly believe that the trip has been a significant professional boost. It provided me with an opportunity to enhance my skills in a real-world setting and exposed me to aspects of the job I wouldn't have experienced if I hadn't been on-site in South Korea. Undoubtedly, having your family with you, enveloped in support from every angle, really enables you to concentrate on your work. To me, this is a crucial blend, a "winning combination"!

When your family is content, everyone feels involved in something significant, and it also empowers you to thrive, advance, and succeed. Knowing your family is taken care of gives you the mental space to focus on your professional responsibilities and upcoming challenges.

Hearing about your experiences in South Korea has been incredible. Your story is a shining example of the growth and opportunities that await us all. We're fully behind you and look forward to more of your inspiring adventures!

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At the forefront of innovation in the male-dominated field of chemistry stands Jessica Bauknecht, a dynamic force within Nova's CTO Advanced Technology team. Nova's Advanced Technology team is dedicated to pioneering advancements in chemical technologies, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in various industries. In this interview, Jessica shares her journey of breaking barriers and empowering other women to pursue careers in STEM.

Jessica, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. Can you start by sharing a bit about yourself and how you found your way to Nova?

Absolutely, my path at Nova began after completing my Master's degree in Chemistry. I was drawn to Nova's commitment to innovation and was excited to join the Advanced Technology team. The opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects for a company in a newly established team was too good to pass up.

That's wonderful to hear. Can you tell us about the projects you're working on at Nova?

We focus on pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the field of chemistry. We're explicitly told that we need to think outside the box. We're constantly exploring new methods and technologies to develop innovative products and solutions. From refining existing processes to pioneering groundbreaking techniques, every project is an opportunity to make a meaningful impact. We have a blocked time slot where we all come together to brainstorm. Most of the times someone has an idea that another person has experience in and so we build on each other’s expertise and ideas to build new technologies. We ask ourselves what does our industry need? Is there already a technology that can be done better? Or faster? How can we develop this technology inhouse? And then it all falls in line with the support of so many colleagues across various departments.

I find it exciting to expand my knowledge base this way. While I learned a lot during my time at university, many topics were only briefly covered. Here at Nova, I have the opportunity to dive deeper into specific areas, depending on the projects we're working on. It's a fascinating journey of continuous learning and professional development.

Wow! It sounds like a very creative work experience. What is it like to work in such an innovative team?

Our team is characterized by collaboration, support, and a shared passion for innovation. We LOVE to brainstorm! We're a very close group that values each other's contributions and fosters a sense of professional and even personal unity. What I value most is that we can all be ourselves and we have a nice diverse mix of characters in the team, which makes our brainstorming sessions much more creative. Lastly, when things get tough, we always have a bit of chocolate to calm the nerves

Chocolate always does the trick! As a female chemist in a male-dominated industry, what has your experience been like working at Nova?

Stepping into a predominantly male environment, I wondered if I would be taken seriously or if my ideas would be dismissed. But working at Nova has been incredibly empowering. While the industry may be male-dominated, I've never felt limited or held back because of my gender. Nova fosters a culture of inclusivity and encourages diverse perspectives. I've been able to thrive and contribute meaningfully to projects, knowing that my voice is valued. In the past year, I've demonstrated that gender plays no role when it comes to passion, dedication, and expertise. I've thrived in this industry by continuously developing my skills and refusing to be hindered by prejudice. I was able to network and connect with many male and female employees across many departments and whenever I need help someone is always there to help me. In fact, some of my most cherished moments here were when my manager and his manager both congratulated me on my work and highlighted how happy they were to have me in their team. In all honesty, my experience at Nova and based on where our world is nowadays I don’t feel that there are “men’s” and “women’s” jobs anymore. It’s more about working in the right environment that supports you and celebrates who you are.

Powerful words indeed. Do you have any final advice you would like to offer to other young women aspiring to pursue careers in STEM?

My advice would be to believe in yourself and never let anyone else define your capabilities. The STEM field is brimming with opportunities for women to thrive and make a difference. Seek out mentors, cultivate your skills, and don't be afraid to push boundaries. Remember, your unique perspective and contributions are invaluable, and the world needs more women in STEM. Don’t let them scare you away! You got this 😊

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Dr. Gil Delgado is a physicist who serves as Nova’s VP for Advanced Technology in the Materials Metrology Division. Gil shares how his path to success wasn't a smooth one, marked with language barriers, absences from formal education, and a lack of Hispanic role models working in physics. Today, he uses his story and passion for representation to not only position Nova at the forefront of tech advances but also inspire other underrepresented people to pursue careers in physics.

Gil, Your story is truly inspiring. Let’s start at the beginning. Tell us a little bit about your background. 

I was born in a very small town in Mexico. It was extremely poor, and formal education was difficult to come by. When I was seven, my family moved to the US so my father could find work. But we regularly went back and forth between the US and Mexico, so I was in and out of school constantly. It wasn't until I moved to Mexico City when I was 14 and enrolled in high school that I attended school with any regularity. So, I was very behind in most subjects.

Though I was behind, I worked hard to catch up. Science and Math were especially appealing to me. Most students have already taken Geometry, Trigonometry and Algebra which I have never even heard of these subjects before.  I taught myself algebra and worked diligently to improve my math skills, putting in many extra hours to learn outside of school.

I remember a pivotal moment: my first physics lecture. From that day on, I was focused on physics. The way the subject connected with my childhood curiosities and interests and lit a fire in me was unreal. So that lecture was important because it changed the course of my life and was instrumental in my pursuing physics as a career.

What an incredible journey! Tell us a bit about your educational background after high school 

My high school physics teacher saw my potential and encouraged me to pursue a physics degree. He suggested I attend college in the US since that’s where the best educational opportunities were. I followed his advice and came to the US after high school.

College in the US was very expensive, and I did not qualify for financial aid or scholarships because I did not attend high school in the US. I had to work three jobs to sustain my college expenses, but it was not enough.

After a couple of years in junior college, I was burdened with student loans and decided to join the Navy where I worked as an aviation electrician aboard an aircraft carrier and eventually became a plane captain.

While I enjoyed my life in the USA, I was homesick, so I returned home to Mexico to marry my longtime sweetheart.

After my Navy service, while my wife was pregnant with our second child, we both decided to enter the university.
It was challenging, but our hard work paid off.

I got straight A’s and was awarded the outstanding student title two years in a row. I eventually earned a bachelor's and master's degree from CSU Fresno and later, my Ph.D. in physics from UC Davis.

Can you tell us a bit more about your time working on your master’s and Ph.D.? I understand they opened your eyes to Hispanic representation in physics 

Yes, it was an eye-opening experience. While working on my master's at UC Fresno, I quickly realized I was the only Hispanic student in the program. I did some research and discovered that in 30 years, I was one of five Hispanics who graduated from the physics program. And when I looked into the rate of graduates of Mexican descent for Ph.D.’s in physics, there are only, on average, five graduates per year.

I also felt that there was general discrimination towards Hispanics in the sciences, especially physics. But I think it's partly because there are so few examples to look to. These trends can shift if we can recruit more Hispanics into the field.

All of this was astounding and discouraging to me. I know there’s a lot of talent in the Hispanic community and representation matters. I knew that if we could get more representation, those numbers could improve.

So, I took it upon myself to serve as a mentor and advocate for Hispanics in physics. I tried to tell as many friends and acquaintances as possible about the opportunities available, to increase awareness. And I’m always thrilled to serve as a mentor for someone considering a career in physics. It’s through this type of mentorship and advocacy we can start to see change in the field.

Your support of future physicists is admirable. Now tell us a bit about your work at Nova. 

I currently serve as the VP of Advanced Technology Development in the Materials Metrology product division. In this role, I lead the division’s technical vision and technical development roadmaps. It’s truly exciting to me because I’ve always been someone who has sought a challenge in my work, and I enjoy being on the cutting edge of the industry. I like to work on the most challenging problems that most people would not take on. This is what makes it exciting.   In this position, I am challenged daily as my team and I look to create new technologies in XPS, XRF, SIMS, and X-ray metrology.

How would you describe the culture at Nova?

I’ve been impressed with how focused everyone is on getting to the next level. Every team member works together for the greater good of the company’s mission in an effort to ensure we remain on the cutting edge of our industry. You don't see such cohesiveness in a lot of companies, so that's been refreshing. Everyone is continually searching for bold solutions to move us forward.

Nova's commitment to hiring and advancing underrepresented talent is also appealing to me. They've made a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion, and as someone who advocates for the underrepresented Hispanic community, this means a lot. The company's values align with mine in these regards, as I believe that our differences in background and perspectives only make us stronger as a team.

It sounds like Nova is a great professional fit for you. Now for a personal question: What does your life outside of Nova look like? 

My wife, children, and grandchildren are very important to me. I like to spend as much time with them as possible.

As far as hobbies go, I used to play soccer until an injury sidelined me. But I still enjoy watching the sport. I also enjoy hiking and go as often as I can. My wife and I enjoy being outdoors, so hiking allows us to get outside and spend time together.

Thanks so much for your time today, Gil. To wrap up, what advice would you have for someone wanting to pursue a physics career? 

Look for great mentors. Mentorship is invaluable and can give you insights you might not get from a college classroom or textbook. Especially for those in underrepresented fields, mentorship matters, giving them hope and encouragement. Don’t be afraid to reach out to potential mentors; many are willing to give their time and advice to help the future generation of leaders in the field.

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Keily and Rachel were both excited to join the Nova team and work with cutting-edge technologies. Starting on the same day, they also found themselves in the same workspace, which sparked a friendship that has made working together even more rewarding.

Can you both tell us a bit about your journeys before joining Nova?

Keily: Over the last several years I worked an SCM specialist and logistics planner in wide range of industries, such as fashion retail and home electronic appliances. The variety worked in my favor, as it helped familiarize me with many different processes. I have always been responsible for overseeing materials procurement and coordinating logistic planning and this experience allowed me to develop strong coordination and cooperation skills with other teams.

Rachel: I previously worked at Sensata Technologies Korea, which is a global sensor manufacturing company. I was there for about four years as a Customer Service Specialist and I really liked being part of Supply Chain Management, handling end-to-end order fulfillment, forecast and revenue management.

What sparked your interest in the semiconductor field?

Keily: I've always been fascinated by technology and the way it revolutionizes our lives and I wanted to work at a technology leader. My interest was sparked during my previous job in electronic appliances, where I had a chance to dive into the PCBA of electronic devices. It was surprising how these tiny silicon chips could power devices we use daily like smartphones and computers. I love that I get to learn, grow, and contribute to the exciting developments in this industry.

Rachel: My previous company spun off from Texas Instruments, which is one of the key players in the semiconductors industry. During COVID-19, I personally was impacted by serious semiconductor supply issues, so I felt the semiconductor field will be a key player for all future business.

Can you tell us a little about your onboarding experience?

Kiley: It was a great onboarding experience at Nova, and I truly appreciated the warm welcome and support that I received as I transitioned into my new role.

The Lily and Sunil, from the HR team provided me with a comprehensive orientation program that covered everything from company policies and benefits to culture and values. From what I’ve experienced so far, Nova has an open communication culture, manifested through things like weekly team meetings and quarterly company meetings. Additionally, my manager, Liran and I hold one-on-one check-ins the really helped me understand my progress and where I could improve. Liran played a significant role in my onboarding process by providing supportive guidance for learning Nova’s systems and processes and making himself available to answer all my questions. The entire onboarding experience at Nova helped me integrate into the team and understand my role more effectively. I'm truly grateful for all the support I got.

Can you describe a typical day in your roles at Nova?

Keily: So, my day usually kicks off with a quick email check and a scan for any urgent updates. Then, I lay out my priorities and make a solid to-do list.

I start by diving into customer orders and making sure they match up with our shipment schedule from HQ. This means double-checking everything, making sure our orders are spot on, and coordinating closely with HQ to ensure we've got the products on hand. I also hop into team meetings, work with different teams, and have some good chats with our partners to keep our logistics game on point.

All day long, I'm chatting with my colleagues, talking to our transport partners, coordinating with the warehouse crew, and connecting with the different internal departments. Smooth and timely communication is key to keeping everyone in the loop and moving in the same direction.

It's a fast-paced job that calls for flexibility and a serious dedication to keeping our customers happy.

Rachel: My days are all about checking up on customer requests and orders, organizing shipments, ordering parts, and handling everything tied to our revenue generation.

Nova is known for its team culture. How has this culture impacted your work and professional growth?

Keily: I've heard so many good things about Nova's super supportive culture, and just like I mentioned earlier, having a mentor who's always ready to offer advice and feedback and a supportive team has really given my professional growth a serious boost. This support helped me build up my confidence and take on new tasks and challenges with a lot more gusto.

We heard that you both joined Nova on the same day, and that you work very closely together and in the same room. How has this impacted your friendship?

Keily: Yup, Rachel and I did start at Nova on the same day, and we're practically office buddies. Our friendship has been a real asset in our work. We vibe well, trust each other, and that's been a game-changer for communication and teamwork. We're both stoked to contribute to Nova's success, and we're committed to keeping that work-friendship balance on point.

Rachel: It's my first time having a work buddy who joined on the exact same day. Plus, we're the same age and seem to click well. Working in the same room has had a positive impact on our friendship, like our daily pre-work coffee ritual. I feel super fortunate to have met her, and I'm pretty sure we'll be friends for life.

Outside of work, do you both have any shared hobbies or interests that have brought you closer together as friends?

Keily: Oh yeah, outside the office, we're both big foodies. Since we're new at Nova, every lunch break is a culinary adventure as we scout for cool, local joints around the office and rate our finds. It's our go-to stress buster and an awesome way to balance work and play. These foodie missions not only tighten our bond but also give us the energy boost we need to tackle work with fresh enthusiasm.

Rachel: In addition, we're thinking of going out together for some evening adventures soon.

Keily, the logistics field is dynamic and ever evolving. How do you stay updated on industry trends and best practices?

Absolutely, the logistics field is a whirlwind of changes, and it's vital to keep up with the latest trends and practices. My approach to staying in the loop involves a mix of methods. I'm currently diving into my CIPM (Certified Planning and Inventory Management) certification, which gives me valuable insights into the ins and outs of logistics and inventory management. Plus, I keep my finger on the pulse by devouring resources like 'Weekly Trade' and 'Supply Chain Dive' and browsing through top-notch logistics blogs and websites.

I'm passionate about keeping up with the logistics game, and I'm confident that my commitment to learning will make a real difference in our team's efforts.

Rachel, could you share an interesting anecdote or story related to your time at Nova so far?

Just a week into my time at Nova, we had this online SSBO (Service Sales Business Operations) global meeting, where all service business-related global colleagues hopped on.

As a newbie, I was tasked with putting together a slide to introduce myself to the team. I must admit, it made me a tad nervous since I'd never done anything like it in my previous workplaces. But the team was incredibly welcoming, and the whole experience turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to connect via video call and get to know each other better. It might not be anything out of the ordinary for some folks, but for me, it's a memory I'll always cherish.

What do you find most rewarding about working at Nova?

Rachel: The best part for me is the potential for a business trip. Other than my time in overseas sales at my previous company, I never really had the opportunity for one, which was a bit of a downer.

Keily: For me, the most rewarding aspect is the collaborative and supportive culture. Right from my initial stages during the interview process, I could feel the strong sense of teamwork and shared objectives among the team members.

Are there any role models or mentors within Nova who have inspired you in your career journey?

Rachel: I really look up to Michal Benifla Lumbroso. My third job interview lasted about 30 minutes with Michal. Despite the short interaction, I could sense her passion and enthusiasm as a female leader.

Our conversation left me with the feeling that with the right skills, drive, and capability, I could seize new opportunities as they come my way here at Nova.

I've noticed that Nova is actively recruiting more female employees, and I see it as a positive step forward. To me, Michal represents the fact that there's no limit to what can be achieved at Nova, and that was a major factor in my decision to join the team.  😊

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Starting as a financial assistant, Jessica's journey at Nova Taiwan took an exciting turn to become a service coordinator. Her role blends expertise with building customer connections, all while being backed by the Nova family's support. Jessica's story captures the spirit of growth, teamwork, and lasting bonds at Nova Taiwan. 

Jessica, you've been with Nova Taiwan for many years, and your role as a service coordinator is crucial in ensuring smooth operations. Can you share with us how your journey at Nova began and what motivated you to stay with the company for so long?

Back in the day, I started out as a financial assistant here at Nova, and after about a year and a half, an exciting opportunity came knocking. Nova saw potential in me and entrusted me with the role of a service coordinator, which I've been owning ever since. Being a service coordinator might sound like a walk in the park, but trust me, it's more like an intricate dance where I need to showcase not only my professional prowess but also play matchmaker between our customers and various Nova teams.

It's a challenging role, but the magic lies in the people I'm fortunate to collaborate with. The camaraderie here is beyond compare; my colleagues are as welcoming as a warm family. Ready to lend a hand, they're the wind beneath my wings, lifting me up when the going gets tough. So, while it might get chaotic at times, the unity and support from my Nova family fuel my drive and keep me moving ahead.

As someone who interacts closely with customers, what do you enjoy most about your role as a service coordinator at Nova Taiwan?

For me, it's all about ticking off those customer demands and crafting solutions that respond to their needs and requests. There's an undeniable sense of fulfillment when I receive those heartfelt "thank you" messages from our users. It's like a validation that we're not just providing services, but genuinely making a positive impact.

Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or challenging customer service experience that you've encountered at Nova Taiwan?

Back when I started as an AP coordinator, collaborating with FSEs from various countries for quarterly inventory counts was an unforgettable adventure. The diversity of cultures and perspectives added an extra layer of complexity, making it a truly memorable learning experience. Additionally, catering to users from different countries exposed me to the importance of tailoring our services to resonate with distinct cultural nuances. It's these encounters that shape our adaptability and enrich our professional growth.

As part of the Nova Taiwan team, what do you value most about the company's culture and work environment?

At Nova, it's more than just a workplace; it's a family where mutual support and collaboration are at the core. Within this close-knit community, you're never alone in facing challenges, and the collective spirit ensures that everyone's contributions are acknowledged and valued.

Lastly, what are your aspirations for the future, both personally and professionally, as part of the Nova Taiwan family?

One of my significant aspirations is to celebrate my 25th and 30th anniversaries with Nova, marking milestones in my journey within the Nova Taiwan family.

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Meet our forward-thinking physicists: Dora Kholmiansky, Elad Schleifer, Eyal Cohen, Hadas Inbar, Samdar Farber, and Yael Kurtzweil Segev who are shaping the future.

They all made a pivotal career choice by transitioning from academic laboratories to the cutting-edge world of industrial technology. We've gathered them here to share their invaluable experiences and engage in an enlightening discussion.

The academia is often seen as a nurturing but challenging environment for talented physicists. What sparked the idea to transition from academia to an industrial career?

Elad: During our time at Givat Ram, the academy sometimes sheltered us from the realities of the industry. I've often heard the notion that "research only happens in academia," which is a perspective I strongly disagree with. Personally, I found the work environment in academia to be less suitable for me. I didn't want to spend my days writing grants and chasing funding; I wanted to be hands-on with research most of the time. Looking back, these experiences prepared me for my initial role at Nova. The significant advantage of transitioning to Nova was the availability of budgets, allowing me to focus on my research without the constant worry about funding, as Nova provides the necessary resources for this work to thrive.

Yael: During my master's degree, I conducted captivating research and worked on a specific device. I aspired to create something meaningful, to make a positive impact in the world. In academia, this direction wasn't the norm; it wasn't where the focus lay. I sought a place where things operated differently, where this aspiration could find its home.

Smadar: I realized that the passion to pursue a doctorate wasn't within me. While I had my doubts and thoughts, it became evident that my path was leading me from academia into the industry.

So, you made the significant decision to transition into the industry - did this change meet your expectations?

Dora: I was looking for a blend of three key factors: the opportunity to thrive in a supportive professional environment that respects employees' personal time, a setting conducive to professional growth, and, of course, the chance to collaborate with exceptional colleagues. Truth be told, I discovered all three aspects right here at Nova.

Hadas: Indeed, Dora joined Nova while she was pregnant in her second trimester, which, in my view, speaks highly of the company's values and underscores the presence of the very parameters Dora highlighted. In my case, close friends who had already experienced working at Nova highly recommended it to me. The transition from academia to industry not only met but also exceeded my expectations.

Yael: The immense thrill, for me, lies in witnessing the devices we work on being utilized daily in the market, benefiting our customers, and transforming lives. This excitement far surpasses the satisfaction of seeing an article I contributed to being published in a lab.

Elad: A close friend of mine back then told me, "Come on, you'll find it fascinating, join Nova, you won't regret it" - and I wholeheartedly agree, to this day I have no regrets.

Can you share a personal experience from your initial days at Nova that still stands out in your memory?

Smadar: My personal experience is intertwined with my daily life. I've been able to be there for my children and actively participate in their upbringing, which is very important to me. Simultaneously, I've also made significant progress within the company. It may sound hectic, but Nova enables this balance. Nova recognizes and values its employees, considering all aspects of their lives. This isn't just beneficial for parents; even those without children can leave work at 4:00 pm or engage in personal development opportunities, all of which are highly encouraged here.

Yael: As a mother of six children, I fully agree with Smadar. Nova offers me the flexibility to strike a balance between my professional growth and spending quality time with my family. Even my boss prioritizes family time with two or three afternoons a week blocked off. The only "reprimand" I've received since joining Nova was for scheduling a meeting at 4:00 p.m., with a gentle reminder that we try to avoid such scheduling unless it's absolutely necessary, out of respect for our employees' family commitments.

How does your professional experience at Nova differ from your previous positions elsewhere?

Smadar: From a professional perspective, like in any other workplace, there are tasks and projects to be managed. However, what sets Nova apart is the freedom and creativity embedded in every task or project. Here, we have the opportunity to explore and cultivate our ideas in directions we're passionate about. Nova encourages innovation, and employee-generated ideas have the potential to make a real impact beyond our organization.

Elad: Nova's commitment to technology and innovation is best demonstrated by our annual internal innovation competition, where employees are encouraged to present new ideas. This competition underscores Nova's dedication to excellence, fostering originality, and encouraging innovative thinking. It's a part of our company's DNA, a rare commitment to development and technology that sets Nova apart in the corporate world.

Hadas: Our work involves developing machines and technologies that will be integrated into Nova's tools in the future, typically within 5-8 years. However, there are instances where what I work on today can have an immediate impact. Sometimes, it's a product with a short development timeline, while other times, it's about solving urgent issues for a customer's machine. In essence, much of what we do involves research and problem-solving, driving innovation across the board.

Every challenge or problem that arises is like a unique puzzle waiting to be solved. We need to find solutions that are one-of-a-kind, something that no other company has. The real value comes when we not only solve these problems but implement these solutions into working machines that produce chips used in various applications. It's truly incredible to see the impact of the solutions we create, even in our everyday devices like my personal mobile phone. It's amazing how our work extends to so many areas.

Are there any other unique advantages to working at Nova that you haven't experienced in other companies?

Elad: I believe the positive atmosphere is quite noticeable here. Furthermore, being an Israeli company brings unique advantages. Our previous CEO, an Israeli, was recognized by 'Calcalist' as the best CEO in Israel among companies in the Tel Aviv 35 index. Our current CEO is also Israeli, and he has risen through the ranks within the company. One significant benefit is the accessibility to talk to anyone within the company, regardless of their position, and knowing that your input will be taken seriously. Nova isn't a massive corporation, so decisions made at the headquarters, even if they're in another country, have a direct impact on us. However, we are part of the headquarters here, which grants us influence. This kind of atmosphere, in my opinion, holds tremendous significance. I often describe it as a "start-up - family" culture, and that's what captivates me about the company. I've been with Nova for five years now, and I genuinely look forward to coming to work each day, which I believe is one of the reasons for my enduring enthusiasm.

Yael: I couldn't agree more. Although we're not a small company anymore, Nova has managed to retain a social and familial atmosphere, which is something that often gets lost in larger organizations. The fact that we are an Israeli company, with management and the core of our research based here in Israel, truly makes a difference. This isn't limited to those working in research; it has an impact on the entire company. For example, if Elad (Schleifer), who is now in development, comes up with an idea, he can simply stroll down the hall to the research division and collaborate on deep-level innovations. If Schleifer has a promising idea, he might be told, "Alright, allocate 70% of your time to develop this idea." Personally, I was seeking an environment that would allow me to cultivate and bring to life the skills I've acquired, and what's happening here at Nova is, in my eyes, ideal.

Inspiring! Many thanks to our senior physicists for sharing their experiences and insights. We're delighted that you made the transition to industry and that you're contributing your expertise here at Nova.