Meri Helle is the CEO and Co-founder of Summa Semiconductor Oy. Summa, a specialty foundry and R&D service company that operates in Micronova cleanrooms in Finland, was founded four years ago in November 2015. Ms. Helle is also the CEO of joint-venture foundry company OneFab Finland Oy. OneFab plans to build new manufacturing facility with novel business model offering specialty manufacturing processes for microelectronics and photonics. OneFab’s foundry services are for medium volumes, between R&D institutes and large foundries, i.e. helping customers to ramp-up industrial production.
Before founding Summa, Dr. Helle worked for silicon wafer manufacturing company Okmetic. At Okmetic she held a Process Engineer position (2011-2012) at Okmetic’s silicon wafer manufacturing fab in Finland and 2012-2015 she held a Technical Customer Support Engineer position at Okmetic’s sales team with main responsibilities in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. Prior joining Okmetic, Dr. Helle was also part of Nokia Research Center’s graphene research team (2010-2011).
After finishing MSc (2001) and PhD (2006) in quantum physics in Aalto University, Ms. Helle continued her academic career in Low Temperature Laboratory, Aalto University as Academy of Finland Post-Doctoral Researcher Scientist (2006-2010). Her research consisted of superconducting nano electronics device fabrication in the Micronova cleanrooms and cryogenic-temperature measurements of quantum phenomena in superconducting nano-devices.