Paul van Gerven
17 January 2023

The Chip Integration Technology Center (CITC) in Nijmegen has found a new general manager: Mark Luke Farrugia. Having worked sixteen years at NXP and most recently as Technical Director Packaging R&D, Farrugia takes the helm from Jeroen van den Brand, who fulfilled the role ad interim after the sad passing of CITC founder and first general manager Barry Peet.

CITC chip packaging 2
Credit: CITC

Farrugia’s main task will be to expand on the foundations that Peet laid. “CITC is a young organization, and therefore needs to put itself on the semiconductor packaging map. This should be done by understanding the needs and expectations of the industry, building and enhancing the right competencies, and by collaborating with other organizations. I look forward to working with the CITC team, as well as scouting and mentoring the next generation, dealing with the highly complex puzzle of understanding what the various industry stakeholders would like to achieve, and ultimately, to delivering results that have a meaningful impact on the industry,” Farrugia comments.

Founded in 2019, CITC specializes in heterogeneous integration and advanced packaging technology for (photonic) integrated circuits. The center has four research programs focused on thermal high-performance packaging, RF chip packaging, additive packaging manufacturing and integration photonics packaging. It also runs the Semiconductor Packaging University.