interconnect, and metrology, and oversee SEMATECH’s subsidiary, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI).

Armbrust previously spent 25 years at IBM Corporation, culminating in his tenure as vice president of 300 mm Semiconductor Operations for the company’s Systems Technology Group where he was responsible for the operation of IBM’s 300 mm fab in East Fishkill, New York, which develops leading edge technologies with IBM’s alliance partners and manufactures products for IBM and OEM customers. His leadership was marked by successful efforts to improve operating efficiency, lead executive collaborations within the industry, and build strong technical teams.

Prior to his role as vice president, Armbrust served as director of 300 mm Engineering and strategic client executive for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group. He began his career at IBM in 1983 and progressed through a variety of assignments in process development, manufacturing, and client engagement.

Armbrust earned a bachelor’s degree in ceramic science and engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Master of Science degree in manufacturing systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Robert (Bob) Blackman is currently the vice president of Realty USA as well as the co-founder of Blackman & DeStefano Real Estate. Bob’s impressive list of board involvement includes numerous noteworthy clubs and foundations. Bob is currently board chair of Gildas Club in the Capital Region, whose mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer. He is also current vice chairman and board member of the Center for Economic Growth as well as the Executive Committee. This organization has been at the forefront of economic development initiatives and public policy discussions affecting the 1.1 million residents of New York’s Capital Region and Tech Valley. He currently serves as a member of the Fuller Road Management Corporation (FRMC) which manages the facility at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Bob is also the vice chair of the AAA Hudson Valley and a trustee of the Fort Orange Club Board.

In the past, Bob was the president of Greater Capital Association of Realtors. Bob was also a director of Camp Good Days and Special Times, as well as the March of Dimes. He served as a director on the Upstate Advisory Board of Chase Manhattan Bank, the Albany Memorial Hospital Foundation, the New York State Association of Realtors, and the Albany Country Club. Bob is also the past president of Sales and Marketing Executives Association and the vice chair of the Northeast Foundation. He served as the chair of the WMHT Great Auction in 2006.

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