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Milpitas, Calif. — February 8, 2018 — The SEMI Foundation today announced the appointment of Joseph Stockunas, Corporate Vice President for Electronics Systems at Nordson Corporation and former chair of the SEMI North America Advisory Board, to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees.

“Joe’s passion for innovation and his desire to help young people make thoughtful education and career choices will be great assets to the SEMI Foundation,” said Leslie Tugman, Executive Director of the of the SEMI Foundation. “His talent, industry insight and commitment will help the foundation fulfill its vision to spur growth of the industry workforce pipeline and address leadership in the area of women’s issues.”

Through its SEMI High Tech U (HTU) program, the SEMI Foundation inspires high-school students to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The three-day interactive program also exposes students to careers in semiconductor manufacturing and other areas of high technology.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation is sponsoring its first HTU program February 13-15 at the Nordson facility in Carlsbad, California.  Forty students from six local high schools, including Carlsbad, Sage Creek, Escondido, San Marcos, Rancho Buena Vista and Mission Hills, will attend the program. The program will include career insights from industry professionals and a visit to the University of California, San Diego campus for a glimpse of college life. The Nordson Corporation Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in its communities by improving educational outcomes that enable individuals to become self-sufficient, active participants in the community.

A longtime supporter of STEM activities and workforce development efforts, Stockunas sponsored SEMI High Tech U at Air Products in Pennsylvania, where he had worked before joining Nordson Corporation in 2013.

Joe’s passion for innovation and his desire to help young people make thoughtful education and career choices will be great assets to the SEMI Foundation.

“SEMI Foundation’s High Tech U program plays a key role in helping students make the connection between familiar electronic products and future career choices in high tech,” Stockunas said. “I look forward to working with the Board to help drive new initiatives to support young people and strengthen the industry workforce.”

Other members of the SEMI Foundation Board are: Ajit Manocha, chairman of the SEMI Foundation and president and CEO of SEMI; Richard Salsman, CFO and treasurer of the SEMI Foundation and CFO at SEMI; Leslie Tugman, executive director of the SEMI Foundation; Tom Tsuneishi, Executive Chairman, Tokyo Electron Limited; Arthur Zafiropoulo, Principal, Ferrari of Silicon Valley; Stanley Myers, president of ST Myers and Associates; Dana Ditmore, Oak Valley Consulting; Helen Grays-Jones, Golden 1 Credit Union; Belle Wei, Carolyn Guidry Chair in Engineering, Education and Innovative Learning, San Jose State University; and John Biera, Principal of Central High School in Phoenix, Ariz.

About SEMI Foundation

The SEMI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001 to support education and career awareness in the fields of high-tech through scholarships and career exploration programs. SEMI High Tech U for high school students and SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition are SEMI Foundation’s flagship programs. Since 2002, High Tech U programs in Austria, France, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States directly influenced and inspired more than 9,000 students and teachers.

About SEMI

SEMI® connects over 2,000 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Since 1970, SEMI has built connections that have helped its members prosper, create new markets, and address common industry challenges together. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Grenoble, Hsinchu, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley (Milpitas, Calif.), Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit and follow SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Association Contact

Michael Hall/SEMI
Phone: 1.408.943.7988