LTU students get a glimpse of their electronic future at KLA

SOUTHFIELD—A group of Lawrence Technological University students got a look at the future of the semiconductor industry—and perhaps a look at their own future careers—during a tour of KLA Corp.’s location in Ann Arbor in February.

KLA supplies advanced process control and process-enabling products to customers manufacturing wafers, reticles, ICs, packaging, PCBs, IC substrates and flat and flexible panel displays.

About a dozen LTU students attended the tour, along with Paula Lauren and CJ Chung, LTU computer science professors.

During the event, KLA provided a presentation by its assistant general counsel, Jeremy Koscielny—who earned two LTU degrees before law school, a Bachelor of Science in 2005 and a Master of Science in 2008, both in mechanical engineering—plus a panel discussion with KLA artificial intelligence engineers and a tour of the Ann Arbor campus. Also, KLA technical recruiting events and communication specialist Elise Pollock told the students about KLA’s benefits and internship opportunities.

The event was “a very positive and engaging experience for our students,” Lauren said, and “showed how much KLA wants LTU students!”

“It was a fascinating visit,” said Zhaonian Xue, a student from China who came to LTU on a 2-plus-2-year program in mechanical engineering LTU worked out with Shangai University of Engineering and Science. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Xue stayed at LTU to earn a Master of Science in artificial intelligence.

KLA software engineer Kyle Istvan (center) explains his career path and what KLA does to visiting LTU students. KLA photo.

“We visited a lot of their laboratories and talked with their employees, and I think working there would be very enjoyable,” Xue said of KLA. “I learned a lot from the visit, and I thank them for this opportunity.”

KLA is also a sponsor of LTU’s Robofest robotics competition for grades 5-12. The Robofest World Championships will return to LTU’s Don Ridler Field House May 11-13.

More about KLA’s new Ann Arbor campus at

More about KLA, based in Milpitas, Calif., at Formed in 1997 through the merger of KLA Instruments and Tencor Instruments, KLA has about 14,000 employees and posted 2022 revenue of $9.2 billion.

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