Lynn Forester, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Forester is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Semiconductor. She is responsible for technical oversight and strategic direction, as well as legal, financial, and business aspects of the company. Dr. Forester has over 25 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry. Before co-founding Quantum Semiconductor, she was in the senior management team at Honeywell Advanced Microelectronic Materials, in Sunnyvale, California, where she built a team of over 40 engineers and was responsible for application engineering, international account and business development, strategic planning and global marketing. After graduate school at Caltech, Dr. Forester joined Advanced Micro Devices as a senior development engineer, first in California and then on assignment in Texas. She was recruited overseas by Philips Semiconductor in Eindhoven, the Netherlands to join the Mega Project (a joint venture of the Dutch and German governments, Siemens and Philips), where she worked on CMOS process development and integration. After Philips, she spent 3 years at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium in advanced CMOS research and development.

Lynn holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She received her M.B.A. from Santa Clara University where her specializations included finance and entrepreneurship. She is the author or co-author of over 40 talks and technical papers and 8 patents.

Carlos Augusto, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and CTO

Dr. Augusto is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Quantum Semiconductor. A prolific inventor, he is responsible for Quantum Semiconductor’s core technology. Dr. Augusto has been in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years. Previously, he was at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium where he was a member of the research staff in the Advanced Silicon Devices Group and worked on the device, process, modeling and fabrication of SiGe Vertical MOSFETs and DRAMs. After IMEC, Dr. Augusto was recruited by Rockwell Semiconductor in Newport Beach, California and moved to the United States where he was in the Advanced Process Development Group and worked on device and process integration architecture development.

Carlos has a BSc. in Physics from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, M.S. in Physics of Microelectronics and Materials Science, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in device physics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the author or co-author of 32 granted and 2 pending US patents, covering Advanced CMOS devices and fabrication architectures, SiGeC Photo-Diodes and CMOS pixel designs and image-sensors, Group-IV superlattices and optoelectronic devices incorporating them, solar cells, etc.

Pedro Diniz, Ph.D.


Dr. Diniz is a co-founder of Quantum Semiconductor. Previously, Dr. Diniz was a full-time Research Assistant Professor with the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California and a Research Associate at USC's Information Sciences Institute (ISI). He has been active in the research and development of high-performance computing, compilers, and more recently, resilient computing. He is also engaged with the academic and research communities, serving on numerous technical program committees and grant review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE). Currently, Dr. Diniz serves as a technical consultant to Quantum Semiconductor.

Pedro holds a BSc. and a MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California at Santa Barbara where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has authored or co-authored over 30 scientific publications, co-authored 5 patents, and edited 3 books.

Matthias Bauer, Ph.D.


Dr. Bauer is one of the world’s leading experts in semiconductor engineered materials and epitaxy of Group-IV elements. Dr. Bauer is Senior Director Technology at Mattson Technology. Previously, he spent 8 years as Executive Scientist/Director and a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Applied Materials and worked at ASM for 12 years. Dr. Bauer is a long-term member of the Technical Program Committees of the ICSI (International Conference on Silicon Epitaxy and Heterostructures) and ISTDM (International SiGe Technology and Device Meeting) as well as the SiGe, Ge & Related Compounds: Materials, Processing and Devices Symposium of The Electrochemical Society (ECS). Matthias joined Quantum Semiconductor in 2022 as an Advisor for the development of Group IV superlattices.

Matthias holds a Ph.D. from the University of Stuttgart and has 35 granted U.S. patents. Matthias is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


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