Nominations for 2005 Akira Inoue Award Due September 2

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Award Honors Outstanding Environmental, Health and Safety Achievement in the Semiconductor Industry

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 29, 2005 -- Nominations for the 2005 Akira Inoue Award for outstanding achievement in environment, health and safety in the semiconductor industry are now being accepted. The award is presented by SEMI and will be announced during the SEMICON Japan exposition in December. The deadline for submitting nominations is September 2, 2005.

The Akira Inoue Award recognizes individuals in industry and academia who have made significant contributions to the semiconductor industry and to society in the area of environment, health and safety. The award honors individuals who show outstanding leadership in influencing the industry's EHS performance, or individuals who are responsible for successful process, product or material innovations that improve the industry's EHS record. A special awards sub-committee of the EHS Executive Committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations.

Prior award winners include:
* Isao Uchigasaki, chairman of the board, Hitachi Chemical Company
* Saburo Kusama, president of Seiko Epson Corporation
* Farhang Shadman, director, Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing
* Craig Barrett, chief executive officer, Intel
* Pasquale Pistorio, chief executive officer, STMicrolectronics

The Akira Inoue Award is sponsored by the SEMI Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Division. Nominations may be submitted via the SEMI EHS website, For additional information, contact Sanjay Baliga, at 408.943.6957 or

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology and materials to the global semiconductor, flat panel display, MEMS and related microelectronics industries. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Jonathan Davis/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6937

Sanjay Baliga/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.6957