Markus Beck

CTO & Chair of Strategic Advisory Board

Markus Beck is one of the top thin film PV technologists in the world. His career in CIGS spans over 25 years. Prior to Siva, Beck served as Vice President of the PV Development Team at Samsung. Before that, he was Chief Technologist at the largest thin film manufacturer, First Solar, where he led the next-generation CIGS effort. He previously served as CTO at Solyndra where he developed record-setting, highest-rate, highest-efficiency CIGS technologies. Beck was chief scientist at GTI Inc., senior scientist at Global Solar Energy, and held a research sabbatical with the CIGS team at NREL.

Beck holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Guelph and has been awarded 15 national and international patents. As a subject-matter expert of ANSI US-TAG and IEC TC82 WG2, he is actively engaged in global PV-standards activities. He has served on numerous DOE PV review boards. He has been a subject-matter expert for the peer-reviewed journal Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells since 2006, and in 2012, was appointed to the editorial board. Beck also served as chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley-PV Chapter from 2014 to 2016.