SESHA 2018 Speaker Biography

Tara Smithers
Senior Product Safety Engineer ASM, AZ

Tara Smithers has a Chemical Engineering Degree from Arizona State University. She has spent the last 3 years gaining product safety knowledge as a Product Safety Engineer at ASM. Tara has focused on the design, testing, and evaluation of many ASM product lines (EPI, ALD, Etch) to both SEMI S2 and Machinery Directive requirements. She utilizes formal risk assessment process to justify engineering changes to ensure ASM Americaís designs are robust and fail safe. In addition she actively participates on ASMís Global Product Safety Council, helping to create custom product safety training material, and ASM internal design guidelines. She also plays a critical role in root-cause investigation of significant incidents and applies Effective Problem Solving (EPS) techniques to ensure the reason for incident is clearly understood and helps put measures in place to prevent it from happening again. Prior to ASM she managed an R&D anodize and thermal spray department while supporting the EHS responsibilities for the site. The technical and EHS background blended nicely for a career in Product Safety.