Applied Materials recently hosted Congressman Lamar Smith, representative for the 21st Congressional District of Texas, at the company’s Austin facility for an in-depth overview of the semiconductor industry, global challenges and opportunities ahead and Applied’s leadership role in the industry.
Congressman Smith chairs the influential Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, which has jurisdiction over important programs within the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation.
Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, met with Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter and a dozen other Silicon Valley business leaders were at Applied's Silicon Valley headquarters earlier this month to discuss the importance of domestic and global competitiveness. The group covered issues including the current economic environment, the U.S. - China relationship, immigration reform and prospects for a climate change agreements.
Under Secretary Hormats is a key voice within the Obama Administration on economic and trade issues. He has met with Mike Splinter several times and makes a habit of meeting with Silicon Valley business leaders in order to obtain their perspective on major economic and trade issues.
On November 12, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited Applied’s Santa Clara, California campus to learn more about Applied’s solar activities.