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Helen Armer

Helen Armer is the Director of Knowledge Management at Applied Materials, the world’s largest supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. In this role, she is responsible for developing and capturing knowledge content (methodologies, best practices, models) for Applied Materials' installed base support division and for benchmarking the performance of the equipment. Helen is located in Santa Clara, California. During her career at Applied Materials, she has been the global product manager for three product divisions and the Chief Marketing Officer for one product division. As a product manager, one of her key responsibilities was creating the product’s patent strategy and managing the patent portfolio. Prior to becoming a product manager, she worked as a process engineer and a process engineering manager.

Helen received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Tulane in 1980. She also earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Houston in 1987, where she specialized in thin film deposition. She has worked in the fields of thin film deposition and semiconductor equipment for 25 years. She holds 26 U.S. patents and several dozen related patents in Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. She has published over twenty five papers.

When not working, Helen enjoys volunteering. She works on local environmental and conservation issues with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. As a jazz lover, she volunteers with the Stanford Jazz Workshop. To support science and math education, she sponsors an industry fellowship for a high school math or science teacher through IISME (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education).

Helen is married to fellow Tulanian Thomas Armer (M.S. Engineering 1979 and Ph.D. Engineering 1982). They have four children. They live in Los Altos, California.

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Helen Armer

Global Product Manager
Applied Global Services
Applied Materials

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764 sse@tulane.edu