Martin Hosek, Ph.D., is Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Technology within the Critical Solutions Group of Brooks Automation, Chelmsford, MA, a leading worldwide provider of automation and vacuum solutions to the global semiconductor industry and adjacent markets. He is responsible for technical development and continuous improvement of a broad range of products, including robotic manipulators, cryogenic solutions and control systems. The technologies and products developed under his leadership have enabled improved productivity, yield and energy efficiency of manufacturing systems for semiconductor devices, data storage media and flat panel displays. Dr. Hosek joined the company in 1997 and has held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility, including Director of Controls Engineering and Vice President of Robotics and Controls Development. Earlier in his career, he made scientific and technical contributions to the areas of vibration suppression, control design and computer assisted learning. He has consistently promoted effective knowledge dissemination between the academic and industrial communities through technical symposia, lectures and collaboration. Dr. Hosek has authored over 40 journal and conference publications, contributed to a mechanical design handbook, and holds seven patents with more than 15 patents pending. He received his Ing. and Dr. degrees from the Czech Technical University of Prague in 1993 and 1998, respectively.