Last night, the Semiconductor Industry Association hosted its Annual Award Dinner in San Jose and as the 2013 SIA Chairman, our CEO Ajit Manocha was honored to say a few words at the event. As Ajit hands over the reins and we welcome IBM’s John Kelly as the new 2014 SIA Chairman, we thought it only fitting to reflect on the last 12 months and the value the SIA brings to the semiconductor industry.
In just one year, the SIA aided legislation to ensure continued supplies of helium, achieved landmark progress on export controls reform and brokered a deal with the EPA to fix problematic greenhouse gas reporting requirements.
These achievements did not come easy, but that in essence, is where the strength of the SIA really shines through. The organization has proven to be nimble in identifying opportunities and challenges, and then executing on a plan to achieve a positive outcome more effectively than many other industry associations.
The SIA has earned its reputation as a strategic policy partner through its ability to work collaboratively with policymakers and supply technical expertise to support the needed policy changes. In fact, Ajit credited the SIA’s greatest strength as its ability to bring industry leaders together to address challenges and implement strategies to overcome them.
In addition to sharing the successes of the past year, Ajit also presented Mike Splinter, CEO of Applied Materials, with the Robert Noyce Award. The Robert Noyce Award is one of the semiconductor industry’s highest honors, named in honor of industry pioneer Robert Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
The award recognizes exceptional leaders in the semiconductor ecosystem, which is very fitting given Splinter’s contributions and work over his thirty year career. His tremendously successful career at Intel as a fab manager and other positions led to joining Applied Materials as President and CEO in 2003.
Under his leadership, Applied Materials’ CVD and other technology enabled dramatic reductions in manufacturing costs and more. His advocacy for STEM education, through serving on boards of University of Wisconsin Foundation and Santa Clara University, supports local community education initiatives through the Applied Materials Foundation.
We congratulate Mike Splinter on this well-deserved industry recognition.