SEMI Award for North America Announces Changes, Call for Nominations

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SEMI Award for North America Announces Changes, Call for Nominations

Award Committee Announces Call for Nominations

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 6, 2009 – 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 has 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 is the highest honor conferred by SEMI, and 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, and past award recipients include Dr. Igor Khandros for parallel testing (2006), Bruce Deal for silicon oxidation (1998), Dan Maydan, Sass Somekh and David Wang for plasma etch (1988), Jean Hoerni for the planar process (1985), and Kenneth Levy for automated photomask inspection (1983).

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SEMI is the global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries. SEMI member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. Since 1970, SEMI has been committed to helping members grow more profitably, create new markets and meet common industry challenges. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Bangalore, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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