Our History

Dr. Terry Brewer’s discovery of anti-reflective coatings resulted in a revolution in the global microelectronics industry and ushered in today’s high-speed, lightweight electronic devices. Under Dr. Brewer’s leadership, Brewer Science has grown to be a global leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting.

Our Culture

The employees of Brewer Science are committed to an environment that fosters innovation, diversity, and professional development. Every member of our team is focused on helping our customers reach their technology goals through our results-oriented approach to problem solving. Our customers’ long-term success is important to us, and we pride ourselves on exceeding their expectations with our personalized care and commitment.

Our Values

At Brewer Science, we value our employees above all else. Our core values— Trust & Integrity, Freedom with Accountability, Win-Win & Mutual Respect, Driven to Deliver, Curiosity & Creativity, and Courage —help create a unique environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Within our organization, we believe that freedom, combined with clear objectives and commitment to growth, will bring about the biggest innovations. Internally and externally, we believe in open communication in order to build a foundation of trust.

Our Brand

“The hawk represents something more dynamic and intangible than the hawk itself.” —Dr. Terry Brewer, President/CEO

Our brand personality is directly linked to our core values. The intangible elements that the hawk symbolizes—freedom, beauty, and harmony—make the hawk a visual representation of Brewer Science. When our customers think of Brewer Science, they think of our trustworthiness and commitment to our business. They know that we are working for them tirelessly and leading the way into the next generation. We are valued for our diversity and our belief that we are more than the sum of our parts. As a team, we are all committed to being leaders in our industry and for returning more to the world than we take.

A company of the people, by the technology, for the customer, to achieve fulfillment.

Brewer Science, Incorporated Opens

DBARC Product Introduced

Groundbreaking of 10,000-Square-Foot Building

1st Commercial i-line ARC® material Production Line Established

Cee® Equipment Introduced

1st U.S. Patent Issued: “Adhesion Promoters”

DARC® material patent issued

21,000-Square-Foot Plant Expansion

Brewer Science Limited, United Kingdom Office Opens

Brewer Science Establishes Four Divisional Centers

Semiconductor International Awards “Editor’s Choice, Best Product – ARC®

47,000-Square-Foot U.S. Plant Expansion

Brewer Science Celebrates its 20th Year in Operation

In-House Recycling Program Launches

Groundbreaking for 55,000-Square-Foot R&D Facility in U.S.

Best Cost-of-Ownership Product

Talon robotic processing tool was voted Best Cost-of-Ownership Product in the Wafer Processing Category of Solid State Technology’s

New Office Located in Shanghai, China

Brewer Science, Inc. achieves ISO9001:2000 Registration

Brewer Science Germany, Limited Established

Groundbreaking for Jordan Valley Innovation Center in Springfield, MO

Newly Renovated Jordan Valley Innovation Center, Springfield, MO, opens

Brewer Science Japan, G.K. opens

Brewer Science Limited moves to Darley Abbey Mills - Celebrating 20-Year Anniversary

Brewer Science will create an avenue of trees along the eastern approach to the Mills in Darley Abbey by planting 20 trees to mark its 20th anniversary.

Jordan Valley Innovation Center Celebrates 5-year anniversary

Ribbon Cutting at New High-Volume Manufacturing Facility

Ribbon-Cutting at JVIC

Brewer Science’s JVIC expansion adds 4,600 sq. ft. of space for Brewer Science’s research and advanced manufacturing operations for a total of 12,450 sq. ft. across two floors at the facility.

Brewer Science sponsors ‘The Perch’ at The eFactory

The eFactory, a Missouri State University program, is a technology-focused entrepreneurship center. Clients of The eFactory are provided with access to office space with flexible leases, business services and equipment, technology support, mentoring, and consulting.

Brewer Science Earns GreenCircle Certification for Zero Waste to Landfill

Brewer Science remains committed to a robust environmental management system with the objective of preventing pollution of the environment and providing a healthy, safe, and secure workplace. You can view the certification in GreenCircle’s Certified Product Database.

Leadership Team

Barbara Picarelli

Chief Financial Officer

Barb came to Brewer Science in 2002 with experience in the finance, manufacturing, and insurance industries. She is a Certified Public Accountant from the Missouri State Board of Accountancy and holds a BA in Accounting from Maryville University, as well as a Chancellors Certificate of International Trade from the University of Missouri St. Louis and The World Trade Center. Barb started at Brewer Science as our Global Controller of the Finance Division and, in 2009, accepted the position of our Chief Financial Officer. She says that the people and culture at Brewer Science make it “exceptional and unique to any business environment I have experienced in the past.”

Dan Brewer

Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources

After completing his graduate work in entomology, biology, and biochemistry, Dan joined Brewer Science in 1996. He currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources, including overseeing Finance, Human Resources, our Integrated Management System, and IT operations. The most exceptional part of Brewer Science, according to Dan, is “a culture of creativity that supports our mission to lead the industry through being a company of the people, by the technology, for the customer, to achieve fulfillment.”

Ken Joyce

Executive Vice President

Before joining Brewer Science, Ken spent fifteen years at Amkor Technology, Inc. in senior leadership roles, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and President and CEO. He helped advance the company’s growth strategy, leading strong teams around him that took Amkor from $1.4 billion to $3.0 billion in net revenue. As President and CEO, he was instrumental in the formation and acquisition of J-Devices, a primary Japanese provider of outsourced semiconductor packaging and test services. Since 2014, Ken has served as an independent executive advisor to Brewer Science. “Brewer Science is an exceptionally talented team focused on innovating new and diverse products and unlocking future growth opportunities,” says Ken.

Kim Arnold

Chief Development Officer

After earning her BS in Economics from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Kim worked for software development companies before joining Brewer Science in 1999. Her experience included roles ranging from business analyst to customer relations director. Kim has worked in several positions over the years and was most recently named our Chief Development Officer. Kim believes the Brewer Science company culture is truly exceptional, pointing out that our employees “believe and live our company mission: to be a company of the people, by the technology, for the customer, to achieve fulfillment.”

Paul Harris

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Paul earned his BSc Hons degree in Applied Physics with Semiconductor Electronics in 1991 from Heriot-Watt University in the UK. Following graduation, Paul worked for a large conglomerate company and was based in various international locations. Paul has been in the semiconductor industry since 1998 and joined Brewer Science in 2004. Paul serves as our Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, which includes global customer service. Although he is based in the UK, he leads a talented and dedicated international team spanning from our HQ in Rolla, MO, USA to our regional centers in Asia and Europe. Paul believes "our customers are at the heart of everything we do and that our unique culture of openness and innovation allows everyone within Brewer Science to bring industry-defining products and enabling solutions to all our customers through our technology leadership."

Rama Puligadda

Chief Technical Officer

Rama Puligadda earned a Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India (1990), a Master of Technology in Polymer Science and Technology from IIT Delhi, India (1992), and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1995). Rama began her career at Brewer Science in 1995 as a Research Chemist. She has led and managed several programs at Brewer Science including product development projects and collaborative work with partnering companies, universities, and research institutions. She now serves as the Chief Technical Officer, providing leadership for the design, development and engineering of innovative solutions for the semiconductor packaging industry. “The fast pace of industry requires us to work in a non-sequential manner, with customers, partners, consortia, and co-vendors at the same time to be able to deliver multiple solutions. It is only going to get faster and more challenging,” says Rama. “I’m thankful to be part of this industry and the community and for the opportunity to give back. Working with so many fantastic people within and outside Brewer Science is extremely rewarding.”

Dr. Srikanth (Sri) Kommu

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Srikanth (Sri) Kommu is a visionary leader who is very passionate about solving tough problems, adding significant value to our customers and making a positive change to the world. Dr. Kommu has over 20 years of stellar leadership experience in the semiconductor industry, and he currently serves as our Chief Operations Officer (COO). He started as a research scientist in 1996 and was most recently the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President (SVP) at MEMC/SunEdison Semiconductor, before joining Brewer Science in 2017. As a CTO and SVP, Sri strategically defined and flawlessly executed highly differentiating product, capability, and cost roadmaps, exceeding customer expectations. He is serving as an Advisory Board member at Washington University since 2012 and worked at Intel and SUMCO earlier in his career. Sri completed his executive General Management Program (2009) from Harvard Business School, received his Doctorate (2001) and Masters (1996) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, and received his Bachelors (1994) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. Sri says that the “highly talented people and the innovation-culture at Brewer Science provide the company its competitive advantage, and Brewer Science is better positioned than ever before to supply high-value products to our customers, enabling the growth of the semiconductor industry.”

Alexander Smith

Executive Director of Business Growth and Diversification

After completing his bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1997), Alex joined Pacific Pac, which sold to General Chemical, as a Lab Chemist. He transitioned to R&D and finally Applications Engineering, where he developed his passion and aptitude for working with people and solving problems. He joined Brewer Science in 2004, bringing with him expertise in applications development, adhesive materials, quality, and semiconductor processing to help facilitate and drive business development and revenue growth. In 2005, Alex completed his MBA with a Technology Management emphasis, which completed his “move to the dark side,” transitioning from a technical role to business and sales. In 2014, he became the Sales Director for North America and Europe, where he worked to exceed customer expectations, develop and execute strategic plans, support cross-functional teams, and deliver on cost roadmaps. Alex is now the Executive Director of Business Growth and Diversification and continues serving on the board of directors for CS MANTECH. Alex says, “Brewer Science is full of highly creative, personally accountable, motivated, and quality-focused people whose culture is that we make a difference in the world. Three areas that emphasize this are the B Corp, Zero Waste to Landfill, and Certified Employee-Owned certifications.”

Dr. Dan Sullivan

Executive Director, Product Development

Dan began his career at Brewer Science in 2004 after earning his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Semiconductor Technology R&D, leading a team of talented researchers focused on inventing new technologies that solve semiconductor industry-related challenges. His expertise in chemistry, advanced lithography, and process integration has enabled Brewer Science to add to an increasing portfolio of products and processes that advance the semiconductor industry.

Kim Yess

Executive Director, WLP Materials

Kim Yess received a BA in Biology and Chemistry from Central Missouri State University and an MBA from Webster University. After spending some time in academic research at St. Louis University Medical School, Kim made the transition to the industry sector by starting her next chapter at Brewer Science in 1989. She has been pleased to spend the last 30+ years doing what she loves, all the while contributing to the success of the business and the industry. She holds multiple granted patents in the area of anti-reflective chemicals developed specifically for the integrated circuits industry, etch protective materials used for applications within the MEMS arena and polymeric adhesives and processes for wafer thinning packaging applications. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the WLP New Business Development and Materials Operations Groups in alignment with Brewer’s corporate goals and objectives. Kim resides on several technical committees for conference organizations including ECTC, IMAPS and IWLPC.

Matthew Beard

Executive Director, Strategic Planning, Management Systems, and Sustainability

Before joining Brewer Science in 2005, Matthew earned his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering in 1997 from the University of Missouri – Rolla, followed by a period in the automotive industry, focusing on quality systems and continuous improvement. Matthew has worked as a quality engineer, quality manager, director of quality, environmental, and safety programs throughout his career at Brewer Science. He now leads our Strategic Planning, Quality, Safety, and Environmental teams as our Executive Director, Strategic Planning, Management Systems, and Sustainability. With a passion for the environment, Matthew continues to work with outside organizations to drive sustainability education and awareness while maintaining excellence through agile planning and continuous improvement methodologies across the company.

Tom Brown

Executive Director, Manufacturing, Quality & Logistics

Tom received his BS in Engineering Management in 1993 from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Upon graduation, Tom began his career at Brewer Science as a part-time employee in sales and now serves as the Executive Director, Manufacturing, Quality & Logistics. Tom is part of directing the strategies of two business units while maintaining direct responsibility for Manufacturing, Engineering, Quality, EH&S and Supply Chain. Of all the exceptional aspects of Brewer Science, Tom is most impressed by working in “an environment that continually challenges you to be your best and puts you into positions that forces you to stretch beyond what you thought was possible.” He says he feels “blessed to work with so many people who share a desire to make a difference—in each other's lives, in the company, in the community, and in the industry.”

Dr. Terry Brewer


Dr. Terry Brewer is the founder, president, and CEO of Brewer Science. Dr. Brewer received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1969 from North Texas State University and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in 1972 at the University of Texas. He sees Brewer Science as one of the most original, innovative companies in the world with one of the most people-centric worldwide business models. He says, “Our currency is innovation; our outcomes are amazing products, not amazing ideas.” Dr. Brewer values the culture of his company, where the focus is on the people and the atmosphere of innovation.

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