Call for Nominations for the 2012 Akira Inoue Award

2012 Akira Inoue Award for Outstanding Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Achievement in the Semiconductor Industry

Call for Nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Akira Inoue Award. The Award has been established to recognize significant EHS contributions to the semiconductor industry by individuals working in companies, research institutes and universities. The award demonstrates the industry's high esteem for the recipient. A list of current and past Award recipients is located on the Akira Inoue Award Website.

If you know someone whose achievements should be recognized, please take the time to submit their name in consideration for this award.

Award Criteria

Please consider the following criteria (demonstrated contribution, impact and strategic value) when making your nomination.

Demonstrated Contribution

Candidates should have demonstrated contributions that could be characterized in one or both of the following ways:

Leadership: Person actively involved in influencing the industry, who acts as a model for the global industry and whose achievements are not limited to internal activity within one company.

Innovation: Person primarily responsible for demonstrating innovation in the development of new manufacturing processes, products or materials that significantly reduced negative EHS impacts in the industry. The recipient can be either the originator of the concept/process/equipment or one who has made significant enhancements and additions to the concept that enabled its successful use.

There are many contributions that affect specific, narrow areas. Some of these may be worthy of an award. But preference is given to those contributions that are of a broad nature, having significance to the overall semiconductor industry. Commercial success is important but not a major criterion for nomination or selection.

Award nominee(s) will be evaluated on the basis of the impact and strategic value to the industry.


The nominee’s contribution must demonstrate measurable value to the industry. A measure of the impact could be through published authoritative papers, or in industry publications outlining the successes of the program, or by word of mouth, or by implementation as “standard practice,” or improvement in EHS metrics. The program must be singled out as contributing to or effecting change in the industry.

Strategic Value

The contribution must have demonstrated its strategic value to the industry. It could have possibly impacted the business-model-norm of the industry or spawned a whole new industry initiative.

Nominations Process

If you would like to nominate a colleague, please contact Sanjay Baliga (SEMI Senior Manager in San Jose) at Baliga will provide suggestions to make the nominations package more effective. Well prepared packages often include supporting documentation such as a biography of the nominee, technical papers or patents related to the contribution, other articles discussing the contribution, and letters endorsing the nominee.

A special awards subcommittee of the SEMI EHS Executive Committee reviews all nominees and selects the award winner. No more than one award will be made in any year, and the committee reserves the right not to make an award.

More Information

For additional information, please contact Sanjay Baliga at