James Newton Fordemwalt, PhD

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Arizona State University
Location: Chandler, Arizona, United States

James Newton Fordemwalt, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microelectronics engineering technology.

Driven to follow the example of his father, who excelled as one of the assistant directors of research for the American Syamna Corporation, Dr. Fordemwalt became involved in the field of physical chemistry. In this capacity, he often blended his interest in electronics with what he had learned from his father, and went on to matriculate at the University of Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1955 and a Master of Science in 1956. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Fordemwalt attained a Doctor of Philosophy in physical chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1960.

At the beginning of his career, Dr. Fordemwalt served as a senior engineer at the General Electric Nuclear Power Division in Evandale, Ohio, and U.S. Semcor Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona, between 1959 and 1961. He went on to work as a section manager for the Motorola Semiconductor Products Division in Phoenix for five years until 1966, whereupon he relocated to California. Progressing in his field, Dr. Fordemwalt served as a department manager at the Philco-Ford microelectronics products division from 1966 until 1968 and an associate director of research and development at American Microsystems Inc. from 1968 to 1971, both located in Santa Clara.

Pivoting toward the educational sector, Dr. Fordemwalt served as an associate research professor at the University of Utah from 1972 to 1976, at which point he joined the University of Arizona as the director of the microelectronics laboratory, where he worked through 1987. Shortly thereafter, he joined the faculty at Arizona State University, where he excelled as an associate professor of microelectronics engineering technology and laboratory manager between 1987 and 2001, the associate chair of microelectronics from 1992 until 2001 and an assistant chair of the Department of Electronic and Computer Technology from 1993 to 2001. Notably, in 2001, Dr. Fordemwalt earned professor emeritus status.

To remain aware of developments in his industry, Dr. Fordemwalt maintains his affiliation with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Electrochemical Society and the International Society for Hybrid Microlectronics, where he served as the chapter president in 1982 and 1983. Reflecting on his career, he is particularly proud to have edited a book alongside Raymond Warner, as well as his extensive work with numerous students over the years. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Fordemwalt can also be found in editions of Who’s Who In Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.

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