Dr. Douglas Carlson Announces Retirement from MACOM Technology Solutions

Dr. Douglas Carlson, Senior Vice President of Technology at MACOM, has announced his retirement after a distinguished 33-year career. Recognized for his significant contributions to MACOM's technological advancements, Dr. Carlson will transition to a role on the newly created Technical Advisory Committee. MACOM, a leading semiconductor supplier, expresses gratitude for his leadership and dedication.


Dr. Douglas Carlson, Senior Vice President of Technology of MACOM, has announced his plans to retire at the beginning of the company’s next fiscal year. Dr. Carlson’s retirement marks the conclusion of a remarkable 33-year career filled with significant contributions to MACOM’s technological advancements.

During his tenure, Dr. Carlson played a pivotal role in the development of MACOM’s Silicon and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) diode and MMIC processes, along with their associated products. His leadership and dedication have been instrumental in driving the company’s success. MACOM acknowledges his profound impact and expresses gratitude for his remarkable achievements.

To ensure a smooth transition, Dr. Carlson will work closely with the management team. Following his retirement, he has agreed to join MACOM’s newly created Technical Advisory Committee. In this advisory role, he will provide strategic inputs across a wide range of topics, leveraging his extensive expertise and experience.

Expressing appreciation for his career growth at MACOM, Dr. Carlson looks forward to new adventures while maintaining his relationship with the company through the Technical Advisory Committee. This continued collaboration allows him to enjoy retirement while providing valuable insights to the MACOM team.

Dr. Carlson’s journey with MACOM began in 1990 when he joined as a process engineer in the Gallium Arsenide materials group. Throughout his time with the company, he held various positions, including product line management, operations management, and business development. Notably, he led MACOM’s wafer fabrication facility during a significant production ramp-up, transforming it into a 24×7 operation.

Dr. Carlson’s influence extends beyond MACOM. He collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory to introduce commercial manufacturing practices for defense electronics. Additionally, he has served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Information Technology Advisory Committee for over a decade, providing valuable insights on U.S. export regulations. His expertise has been recognized through over 40 peer-reviewed publications and numerous speaking engagements at technical conferences.

MACOM is a leading supplier of semiconductor products for the Telecommunications, Industrial, Defense, and Datacenter industries. With a focus on high-performance solutions, the company serves over 6,000 customers annually. MACOM’s broad product portfolio encompasses RF, Microwave, Analog and Mixed Signal, and Optical semiconductor technologies. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, MACOM operates facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia. The company holds certifications to international quality and environmental management standards, emphasizing its commitment to excellence.

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