SEMI Foundation

SEMI Foundation Mission and Vision

The mission of the SEMI Foundation is to support education and career awareness in the field of high-technology.

Vision: Positively impact all who participate, including students, their parents, teachers and volunteers

  • Present a curriculum based in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that stimulates interest in a high-tech career
  • Enhance the positive perception of tech companies based in semi­conductor technology
  • Partner with technology lead­ers, colleges and secondary schools in each community to deliver the best program possible

Overview of the SEMI High Tech U Program

Sponsored by the SEMI Foundation, SEMI High Tech U (HTU) is a three-day, career exposure program for high school age students 15 – 17 years of age. HTU exposes students to the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through fun and interactive, hand-on activities that take place at high tech industry and university sites.  Taught by industry volunteers, students learn in an atmosphere that fosters curiosity and encourages questions.  


After attending a HTU program, students understand the education and career pathways leading them to high tech fields, allowing them to make informed education and career choices. The SEMI Foundation commits to helping high school students gain a better understanding of how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are used to solve “real world” problems. This realization fosters a renewed commitment to explore a future in high tech industry.

The SEMI Foundation has been delivering the SEMI High Tech U program since 2001 and to-date, has reached ove 6,000 students and teachers through more than 200 programs around the world. 

Board of Directors

John Biera, Principal
Central High School
Phoenix, AZ

Dana Ditmore
Oak Valley Consulting
Morgan Hill, CA

Yong Han Lee, Chairman
Gyeonggi‐do, Korea

Stanley Myers, President
ST Myers and Associates
Mountain View, CA

Belle W. Y. Wei, Ph.D., Carolyn Guidry Chair in Engineering Education and Innovative Learning
San José State University
San Jose, CA

Arthur Zafiropoulo, Chairman & CEO
San Jose, CA 


Denny McGuirk, Chairman
President & CEO, SEMI

Richard Salsman, CFO and Treasurer
CFO & EVP Global Alliances, SEMI

Leslie Tugman, Secretary
Executive Director, SEMI Foundation

Impact Report

For More Information on Sponsoring or Hosting a High Tech U Program in Your Area

Contact Leslie Tugman, Executive Director, SEMI Foundation at 1.503.312.9275 or email at

2015 By the Numbers

  • 190 High Tech U programs as of December 2015
  • 5,334 students reached through High Tech U as of December 2015
  • 1,117 teachers reached through Teacher Academy as of December 2015
  • 11 states hosted High Tech U programs
  • 6 countries hosted High Tech U programs
  • 539 industry volunteers supported High Tech U in 2015
  • $13,500 in scholarships awarded in 2015
  • 240 pizzas consumed by High Tech U students in 2015

Contact Us:
Tel: 408.943.7860

Address: 3081 Zanker Road
San Jose, CA 95134

2016 High Tech U Programs and Events

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AUSTIN, TX - HTU for High School Students
October 11-13, 2016

Tokyo Electron


LUBBOCK, TX - HTU for High School Students
October 4-6, 2016

Fab Owners Association
Texas Tech University


MOHAWK VALLEY, NY  - HTU for High School Students
August 9-11, 2016



ALBANY, NY - HTU for Teacher Academy
August 1-2, 2016



ALBANY, NY - HTU for High School Students
July 20-22, 2016

Applied Materials
BOCES Capital Region
CNSE SUNY Polytechnic
Fab Owners Association
National Grid
Price Chopper
Tokyo Electron


SILICON VALLEY, CA  - HTU for High School Students
June 21-23, 2016

Applied Materials
Fab Owners Assoication
Fairchild Semiconductor
Western Digital
San Jose State University


LONGVIEW, WA  - HTU for High School Students
April 26-28, 2016

Lower Columbia College
Millennium Bulk Terminals

TAIWAN  - HTU for High School Students
April 20-22, 2016

National Tsing Hua University

HILLSBORO, OR  - HTU for High School Students
March 22-24, 2016

Applied Materials
Cascade Microtech
FEI Company
Portland Community College

AUSTIN, TX  - HTU for High School Students
March 2-4, 2016

Applied Materials
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
University of Texas - NASCENT


PHOENIX, AZ  - HTU for Teacher Academy
February 19-20, 2016



SEMI Foundation 2015 Sponsors