Don R. Kania

President and Chief Executive Officer of FEI Company

Don R. Kania will give the keynote address at Pacific University's undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.

Kania is the president and chief executive officer of FEI Company of Hillsboro, the world’s premier maker of electron and ion based microscopes, equipment and software for applications across many industries. 

Kania earned his bachelor, master’s and PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. His experience includes nine years of research experience at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. From 1991 to 1993, he was Research Director at Crystallume, a manufacturer of thin film diamond coatings. 

He has served as a senior manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he directed the Advanced Microtechnology Program in the development of advanced sensors for data storage, extreme ultraviolet lithography for semiconductor manufacturing and several other leading-edge technologies. 

Kania joined Veeco Instruments Inc., a provider of metrology and process equipment, in 1998. He served in several roles including Chief Technology Officer, Vice President and General Manager of the California Metrology Group, President of Veeco’s Metrology Group until 2003 when Doctor Kania became President Chief Operating Officer of Veeco until 2006. 

He has been president, chief executive officer, and a board member of FEI since August 2006. Under Kania’s leadership FEI has doubled sales and is a billion dollar global company. 

Kania is the co-editor of two books, has served as an adjunct professor at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and as a board member of several organizations.

Since 2011 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Pacific University and his daughter Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Pacific. 

Posted by Joe Lang ( on May 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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