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2012 EXPO Distinguished Speaker

Christopher Norris

Christopher Norris is President and CEO at Alta Devices. Alta is a venture financed solar company which has raised over $100 million and has set world records for the highest efficiency solar cells and solar modules. Alta's solar cells are based on high efficiency compound semiconductor materials and proprietary manufacturing equipment to grow thin film solar cells. Chris was previously the CEO of MicroDisplay and a venture partner at Blue Run Ventures.

Before joining Alta, Chris spent much of his career in the semiconductor industry, first at Intel and then later at Cypress. He has seven patents and a BSEE degree from the University of Idaho and an MSCE degree from Santa Clara University. Chris is also an amateur chef, a private pilot and enjoys wakeboarding, long distance running and riding off-road motorcycles with his four sons.

Chris is the 2012 Engineering Design EXPO Distinguished Speaker and presented a talk called “Reach for the Sun."