Annual SEMI Bob Graham Award Presented to Aubrey C. Tobey of ACT International

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Award Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Marketing in the Semiconductor Equipment Industry

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. – January 9, 2006 – SEMI today presented the seventh-annual Bob Graham Award for outstanding contributions in semiconductor equipment and materials marketing to Aubrey C. (Bill) Tobey, president of ACT International. The award was presented at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California.

Tobey was nominated for conceptualizing the wafer stepper as a natural extension of the D.W. Mann photorepeater, and for promoting its advantages over the then-popular e-beam direct exposure approach. Because of Tobey’s marketing presence, the wafer stepper became one of the most significant tools in semiconductor manufacturing.

“Bill Tobey’s approach to introducing the wafer stepper concept to his company executives and subsequently to numerous customers led to a major innovation in semiconductor manufacturing,” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. “Without Bill’s tenacity in marketing the concept, the tool may never have evolved and progress toward achieving high-volume, high-density, sub-micron integrated circuits could have been delayed for many years.”

Tobey began his professional career as an instructor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Subsequently, he served from 1954-1959 on the research staff at MIT, and taught concurrently for two years at Tufts University. After leaving academia, Tobey spent six years as a senior research engineer at Arthur D. Little, and in 1965, he joined GCA Corporation, where he held a number of progressively responsible positions, ending up as the IC Systems Group vice president of marketing before leaving the company in 1983. During his tenure with GCA, Tobey provided leadership in the definition, introduction, promotion, sales, service and support worldwide of wafer handling, imaging and patterning systems. In addition, he spearheaded the development of joint ventures with Sumitomo Corporation in Japan, and Matra in France as platforms for expanding business in the Pacific and European regions.

Currently, Tobey serves on the board of Rudolph Technologies, a leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of process control metrology systems for semiconductor device manufacturing; the technical advisory board of Ultratech Incorporated, a manufacturer of lithographic systems and laser annealing systems for the semiconductor, nanostructure and thin-film head industries; and the technical advisory board of Arradiance, Inc., a DARPA and privately funded developer of maskless lithography systems.

The Bob Graham Award was established to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to customers through the creation and/or implementation of marketing programs that enhance customer satisfaction and further the growth of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry. The award is named in honor of the late Bob Graham, the distinguished semiconductor industry leader who was part of the founding team of Intel and who helped establish industry-leading companies Applied Materials and Novellus Systems.

Eligible candidates are nominated by their industry peers and are selected by an award committee comprised of members of the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of SEMI (SMECS), which includes past recipients of the Bob Graham Award. Previous recipients include Art Zafiropoulo (2000), Jim Healy and Barry Rapozo (2001), Jerry Hutcheson and Ed Segal (2002), Steve “Shigeru” Nakayama (2003), Edward Braun (2004) and Archie Hwang (2005).

SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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