Timothy L. Childs, Ph.D.
Class of 1982
Magnum Cum Laude, Physics
A native of Richmond Heights (Miami), Florida, Dr. Childs attended Miami Killian High School. He attended Florida A&M University as a scholar-athlete. Dr. Childs is a member of the 1978 National Championship Football team. He majored in physics and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982.
He wanted to try out for the San Francisco 49ers, but the NFL went on strike. So, he decided to venture over to Stanford University, and the rest is history. As an AT&T Fellow and Research Scientist at Bell Lab he performed solid state photoemission research experiments. He developed and patented innovative Inverse Photoemission experiment techniques. For SLAC linear accelerator, he developed high voltage isolation material.
He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 1989. The year he graduated, he was the only African American graduating with a Ph.D. in Physics and he was highly recruited by major tech companies. He eventually went to work for Honeywell. Both Childs and Honeywell shared an interest in wafer technology. While at Honeywell, he developed and demonstrated Honeywell’s first Metal Insulator Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor circuitry. From Honeywell, he established the TLC Wafer Technology, Inc., in Minnesota. Several patents later, his technologies are a part of our daily lives and are used around the world.
Dr. Childs is the founder and CEO of TLC Wafer Technology, Inc. and TLC Millimeter Wave (MMW) Products and Solutions (TMPSS). He is internationally known for advanced MMW (20-100 GHz) components (oscillators, modulators, phase shifters, and radar chips), modules (radars, transceivers), and processes. He provides innovation high performance MMW products solutions for governments and commercial telecommunications, security, automotive electronics, consumer electronic and other industries.
Dr. Childs is a CEO and an entrepreneur with a philanthropic heart. He established the TLC Education Foundation. He and his wife, Lorraine Childs, were invited and honored by President Barack Obama for their foundation work. He collaborates with Minneapolis to identify and support “at-risk” high school students and assist them in realizing their dreams. Many have successfully transitioned from high school to college. The Child’s Family has adopted over thirty children.