Rick L. Wise
Green Forest, AR; Fairview, TX
BSChE 1983
MS Southern Methodist University
PhD Southern Methodist University

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Dr. Wise joined Texas Instruments (TI) as a process engineer 1983 and moved to the Semiconductor Development Group in Dallas in 1990. While working at TI, he continued his formal education and received the MS and PhD in engineering from Southern Methodist University. He pioneered process control applications in the microelectronics industry and made contributions to many technology nodes. He is noted for his expertise in CVD, silicon epitaxy, and crystalline defects in silicon. In twenty-five years at TI, he has had numerous individual contributor, engineering leadership, and management assignments. Wise was elected Texas Instruments fellow in 1998. For the past seven years, he was worked in external research for the company. In this capacity, he has engaged with universities and research consortia around the world and has served on and chaired various boards and committees; not only has he been at the leading edge of semiconductor research but he has also had the opportunity to pursue his passion of staying connected with the enthusiasm and brilliance of university students. In 2005 he was named the NSF SiWEDS Outstanding Mentor and in 2007 was presented the SRC Industrial Liaison award. Wise has fifteen issued U.S. patents, over 80 published papers, and is a member of the Electrochemical Society and Tau Beta Pi. He and his wife, Janet (BSEE ’83), live north of Dallas in Fairview, Texas, and have four children. He has been involved in youth sports for many years and enjoys traveling with his family.


Arkansas Academy of Chemical Engineers, 2008.