Division Chairs

Vacuum Technology

Sol Omolayo

Lawrence Berkeley Lab
E-mail: sol_omolayo @ avs.org

SOL OMOLAYO is the Lead Vacuum Engineer at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Berkeley where he currently leads the vacuum design effort for the DOE project to upgrade the ALS. Prior to joining the ALS, Sol worked as a Vacuum Project Engineer at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) research in the United Kingdom. CCFE is the home of the Joint European Torus (JET) – the world’s largest and most powerful tokamak.

Sol also previously worked on designing and building vacuum systems at Diamond Light Source - the UK’s national synchrotron. Outside of his scientific research industry work, Sol was also a vacuum process engineer at Seagate Technology’s wafer fabrication facility where he was responsibility for thin-film PVD processes for magnetic recording heads.

Sol’s main area of expertise is the design, construction and operation of complex vacuum systems and related instrumentation and control system for large physics applications. However, he also has a broad electro-mechanical skill set in areas of project management, software development, data analysis, interlocks implementation, thin-film PVD coating and surface science.

Sol has a B.Eng. in electronic and microelectronic systems from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).