Lavorro is a pioneer in bringing internet scale data solutions to the semiconductor industry that optimize tool performance and availability, provide critical data to solve complex problems, work across tool supplier platforms to fully leverage tool information and enable collaborative problem solving with experts worldwide.
Lavorro’s patented Virtual Assistant software and analytics package provides ready access to expert content and live + historical tool data leveraging natural language queries and custom data dashboards. Lavorro Data Broker provides an encrypted and permissioned path for Semiconductor tools to share data between tools and with the fab for performance, uptime, and yield.
Founded in 2020, the company is led by domain experts in semiconductor design, manufacturing and in-fab yield management and tool operations. Lavorro, Inc. is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Ankush Oberoi, Ph.D., President and CEO
Ankush has been in the Semiconductor EDA and Manufacturing Industry for 40 years and currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lavorro Inc. He started his career as an IC designer and soon turned entrepreneur by co-founding Knights which focused on Semiconductor manufacturing and Failure Analysis. He pioneered Fab wide Yield Management, Cad Navigation and on-tool design-based applications.
Ankush is best known for the success of Knights Technology, which sparked a multi-billion-dollar market segment of productivity and cost savings for semiconductor fabs worldwide. He led Knights Technology through four successful acquisitions: the first to Electroglas Inc (EGLS) in 1997, then to FEI Company (FEIC) in 2003, followed by Magma Design Automation (LAVA) in 2006. And in 2012, Synopsys (SNPS), where Ankush continued as an executive leading Synopsys’ entire suite of fab yield, failure analysis and in-fab design driven wafer inspection products.
Ankush remains deeply passionate about engineering and innovation, holding several patents in the field of Semiconductor Failure Analysis and IC Manufacturing. He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science and serves as an advisory board member to several leading technology companies. Ankush holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in AI/ML for Semiconductor Design and Manufacturing, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University in India.
David Webster, Vice President, Engineering and R&D
As the VP of Engineering, David is an experienced software engineering executive with a focus on delivering scalable, supportable Internet applications. David drives the engineering teams developing the Lavorro platforms. He has built software-as-a-service (Saas) analytics platforms for startup and mid-sized companies and has a deep understanding of digital advertising and large physical and cloud data centers. His specialties also include corporate technology governance, storage, and network security.
Prior to joining Lavorro, David has held leadership roles in IT strategy, architecture and operations for Yahoo! and Redback Networks. He led enterprise software development at Macmillian Learning, which he joined via the acquisition of education technology startup Intellus Learning and was responsible for 3 product lines and IClicker. As Vice President of Product and Engineering at Tumri (acquired by Collective), he helped create a first in class machine learning system for display advertising. David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Eric Panning, Vice President, Product Engineering
Eric joined Lavorro in 2023 as VP of Product Engineering and leads the team in fully leveraging tool-side data for tool performance and availability. He is a globally recognized expert in semiconductor patterning with 26 years of experience at Intel from 248nm to NA EUV. He has driven multiple cross organizational technology initiatives including bringing advanced process modeling to the Intel Integration community and leading automation improvements in manufacturing.
Eric is also a key industry influencer in the international optics community and has served as an SPIE chair for 10+ years, focusing on advancing light-based science and technology. He received his BS and MS of Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.
Manish Sharma, Ph.D., Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Manish heads the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning efforts at Lavorro. He is responsible for planning the roadmap for Lavorro’s AI expertise across multiple domains: from conversational AI, ML model infrastructure, and ML models for DTCO and agent-based AI.
Manish has a unique blend of skills in the semiconductor domain, from fabrication to devices to design and EDA. He has held positions at companies including Hewlett-Packard Labs USA, Samsung Research India, Cadence, Synopsys and Pitney Bowes. Throughout his career, he has published 35 journal publications and numerous conference presentations and papers. Manish holds over 150 international patents; many on semiconductor processing, nanolithography, and nanomaterials for non-volatile MRAM technologies.
From 2006-2013, Manish served as faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, as Associate Professor in Applied Electronics and earlier as Assistant Professor of Physics. Manish received his M.S. and Ph.D. at Stanford University in Electrical Engineering on tunnel barriers for non-volatile MRAM in 2000. He also holds a B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India).