It is a thrill to experience the energy, creativity, and enthusiasm of young people from around the world as they apply their curiosity and talents to address significant global challenges. There are budding scientists and innovators all around us and I have been fortunate to recently visit with some of the best.
On an October Saturday in Datong City, China, one hundred students from 35 universities melded into five integrated, multi-lingual teams and immediately found their unique competitive spirit. The teams eagerly answered trivia questions, celebrated correct answers, and were awarded materials allowing them to build a traditional Chinese structure – an Ancient Chinese Bucket Arch which is created by locking beams and requires no nails or cement to stand for hundreds of years. Amazing!
One is improving the efficiency of first aid delivery in the event of mass casualties. Another is fighting the proliferation of counterfeit drugs and untested medical devices in emerging countries through a mobile RFID-based system. And, a third is dedicated to promoting dental health among children who don’t have knowledge of daily brushing techniques and benefits.
They aren’t medical professionals with years of experience but high school students from Shanghai, China who won the Applied Materials Future Science Stars competition this spring.
Imagine a world where some of the biggest problems we have are solved through clean technology. What would happen if we engage young, creative minds in tackling issues of immediate importance to the global community?
To inspire the next generation of innovators, Applied Materials is pleased to announce the Clean Tech Competition, a design contest for 13-18 year old youth living in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA and Xi’an, China.
The 2011 inaugural challenge posed to students in two of the world’s most historic centers of innovation is “Solar Solutions to the Rescue.” Teams of entrants will design a solar-powered solution to a basic human need identified in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
Today we're announcing a new initiative to identify and invest in early-stage, privately-held Chinese companies with promising technologies that can advance or complement the company’s core expertise, particularly in the areas of cleantech, display and semiconductor manufacturing.
During a recent trip to Applied Materials headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. China's Shaanxi Province Deputy Governor Wu Dengchang (center) and his team met with Applied Materials’ Mark Pinto, vice president, Energy and Environmental Solutions group (right of Wu) and Charlie Gay, president Applied Solar (left of Wu) and outlined the 5-years plan to quickly ramp up the total capacity of solar production as well as grow the domestic market for solar and LED applications.
Mark Pinto, executive vice president and general manager of Applied's Energy and Environmental Solutions group, participated in a panel discussion on the growth of China's renewable energy industry during the 2011 ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. The panel was hosted by the Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray. Check out a write up of the discussion as well as video excerpts on the wsj.com.
The first time I met Qiang Huang, Trina’s vice president and chief technology officer, we connected. While sitting at lunch during Baccini’s first Innovation Summit, we discovered a shared interest in Chinese calligraphy.
People's Republic of China President, Hu Jintao and the Honorable Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State at a DC luncheon in Hu's honor.
There was considerable buzz in government, business and media circles recently regarding the state visit of His Excellency, Hu Jintao, President, People’s Republic of China to the U.S. I had the privilege of being in Washington, D.C. during the flurry of diplomatic activities as part of Applied Materials’ participation in a signing ceremony on January 18 on the Solar Decathlon Competition in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s National Energy Administration, and Peking University. There were 18 different collaborations formalized during the ceremony, all part of the official state visit from China’s president.
Buildings consume 40% of all energy in the U.S., 72% of all electricity and 55% of all natural gas. In the U.S., we spend $350 billion on energy for buildings … and that number is growing. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that current trends in energy demand for buildings will stimulate about half of energy supply investments through 2030. If building site energy consumption in China and India grows to current U.S. levels, China’s and India's consumption will be about four and seven times greater than they are today.