SEMI Award Broadens Scope and Calls for Nominations

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SEMI Award Broadens Scope and Calls for Nominations

SEMI has announced the first significant change to its SEMI Award for North America since its founding in 1979. The Award Committee, comprised of notable technology leaders from the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, are expanding the criteria for the SEMI Award in 2009 to include outstanding achievement in developing new and emerging technologies expected to have significant future value for the semiconductor industry. The Committee also announced that the Call for Nominations is now open.

“This change in criteria broadens the scope of the SEMI award to recognize technology developments that are expected to have major contributions to the microelectronics industry, including semiconductors, photovoltaic solar, displays, and solid state lighting,” said W. R. Bottoms, chairman and CEO of Third Millennium Test Solutions (3MTS), and chairman of the 2009 SEMI Award Committee. “The rapid progress of innovation today, and exciting developments in new areas such as 3D design, high-k metal gates, and low-k dielectrics, to name just a few, compelled the committee to update the selection criteria.”

The SEMI Award for North America has been presented annually since 1979 to honor individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the semiconductor industry. Nominations are accepted from individuals of North American-based member companies of SEMI. Recent SEMI Award recipients include:

  • 2008: M. Bohr, S. Thompson, R. Chau, K. Mistry, T. Ghani, A. Murthy, C. Auth (Intel) for Process Integration
  • 2007: C. Grant Willson (University of Texas, Austin) for Lithography
  • 2006: Igor Khandros (FormFactor) for Test Equipment
  • 2005: Bob Shillman, Bill Silver, and Marilyn Matz (Cognex) for Enabling Equipment

The highest honor achievable is the SEMI Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor is reserved for individuals who repeatedly enable and lead the industry, technologically, throughout their professional career. Recent SEMI Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include:

  • 2008: Yoshio Nishi for Memory Development and Visionary R&D Management
  • 2007: Bernard S. Meyerson for SiGe for Wireless Application
  • 2005: Jim Koford for Integrated Circuit Design and Test Automation

2009 SEMI Award Committee members include: chairman W. R. Bottoms (Third Millennium Test Solutions), Dan Berry (Riverside Partners), Michael Current (Michael Current Scientific) and Joseph Monkowski (Advanced Energy).

For additional information on the SEMI Award North American and to nominate technology leaders for important industry contributions, please contact Judy Pitkin at or 408.943.7053 or visit

July 6, 2009