Omkaram Nalamasu

Omkaram Nalamasu

Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President

Applied Materials

Santa Clara, CA USA

A career in science and technology is a learning career. Every day, you get paid to learn. That is the beauty of being able to work in this industry.


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Omkaram Nalamasu


My road in life has been direct.
I was born in rural India.
As a student, I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in science and technology.
After high school, I studied biology and chemistry, then molecular biophysics, and finally earned my Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Upon completing my doctorate, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the semiconductor industry—I joined Bell Labs, where I applied fundamental science and technology to solve industrial problems.
After 17 years with Bell Labs, I wanted to try something different, so I went back to academia and served as a tenured professor and vice chancellor for research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
After a few years, I got the opportunity to join Applied Materials and apply materials engineering on an industrial scale to solve major problems for humanity.
I currently work as the chief technology officer and senior vice president for Applied Materials.
I’m also the president of Applied Ventures—the venture arm of Applied Materials—where we find and invest in entrepreneurs who are translating an idea into a product to solve high value problems.
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Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President

I work with peers to build products and services and enable new markets in the semiconductor industry.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A typical day involves technology reviews, product reviews, and customer calls. I also attend presentations both internally and externally. A lot of my time is spent meeting with colleagues and peers. We also have a lot of brainstorming sessions. I'd say that about 60% of my time is spent traveling to attend conferences, meet with customers and suppliers, or attend board meetings for any of the boards I serve on.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Pursue a career where you have the ability to do research in a multidisciplinary way. The most exciting things happen at the interface of different disciplines. I'd recommend pursuing research, an educational path, and career path at that interface. I also foresee that sustainability is going to be a huge aspect of this industry. Look for opportunities to gain education and experience that will set you up to build sustainability as part and parcel of this industry.