Dr. W. R. "Bill" Bottoms, the holder of a Ph.D. from Tulane University, has an extensive background in academia, venture funding, and in the commercial semiconductor equipment sector.
Since founding 3MTS in 1999, Bill Bottoms has provided strategic leadership and vision in keeping with the promise of the 3MTS business model.
Dr. Bottoms has also served on a number of important government and industry committees and advisory positions. Key posts include chairmanship of the subcommittee of the Technical Advisory Committee of the United States Commerce Department's Export Control Commission for Semiconductor Equipment and Materials.
Dr. Bottoms was appointed to faculty of Princeton University in 1969 and since has served in a number of positions in the electronics industry. He was the initial president of the Semiconductor Equipment Group of Varian Associates and Chairman and CEO of Credence. Prior to joining Credence Dr. Bottoms spent more than ten years in the venture capital industry as a partner of APA.
Shortly after receiving his doctorate in physics, Dr. Bottoms joined the electrical engineering faculty of Princeton University, where he remained until 1976. He then joined Varian Associates in Palo Alto, California, as manager of research and development, and he was later named president of Varian's newly formed semiconductor equipment group. After leaving Varian, he was senior vice president and general partner at Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc., an international venture capital firm. He founded Third Millennium Test Solutions in March 1999.