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Source: IEEE Electron Devices Society Newsletter - April 2013Douglas P. Verret, Ph.D., Flash Development Program Manager, Texas Instruments

A native of Thibodaux, La, Douglas Verret (Ph.D. Physics '78) received a B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Spring Hill College and an M.S. in Physics from Purdue University as a National Science Foundation Fellow before earning his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from the University of New Orleans in 1978 where he was honored with an award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the local chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America. 

After teaching high school physics and math and serving on the faculty of Xavier University as Assistant Professor of Physics and Pre-engineering, he joined Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) in 1979. In 1982 Verret was appointed Manager of Bipolar and BiCMOS Development and was responsible for developing and commercializing technology which is still used to manufacture high performance interface circuits, Programmable Logic Arrays, ECL Gate Arrays, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, ECL and BiCMOS Static RAM's and Flash EEPROMs.

From 1988 through 1990 he was assigned to SEMATECH, an Austin, TX-based consortium of 14 US semiconductor companies and the US government. As Director of Manufacturing Techniques and Standards, he was responsible for process integration, design, testing and modeling, as well as statistical and semiconductor standards. Returning to TI, he became FPGA Development Manager and until 1995 when he became a program manager of Flash Development. From 1999 until 2003 he was team leader responsible for yield improvement in all TI fabs worldwide. Verret served as Flash Development Program Manager until his 2013 retirement from Texas Instruments.

Dr. Verret holds 16 US and five European patents in microelectronics technology. He was honored with the IEEE Electron Devices Society's Distinguished Service Award. He is a Texas Instruments Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma Xi and past member of the American Institute of Physics and American Association of Physics Teachers. 

Outside of his career at Texas Instruments, Dr. Verret has been committed to education and to his field. He served as a Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Industrial Mentor at the Universities of Florida and Michigan; was founding co-chairman of Design Rule and Process Architecture FTAB at SEMATECH; a member Baylor University College of Engineering and Computer Science Board of Advocates; a member Fort Bend Business Partners in Education Council; a Board Member Fort Bend Education Foundation and Advisory Committee member of the Hightower Magnet School for Engineering. 

He is married to Ellen Verret Ph.D., who is Lead Psychologist in Fort Bend Independent School District and they are the proud parents of Sybil Lincecum Au.D and Laurence Verret, MBA. In his spare time he is a student of comparative mythology and alternates between playing the guitar badly and the trumpet miserably.


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