Applied Materials was featured in two recent issues of Profiles in Diversity Journal for its executive diversity leadership and corporate philanthropy. In this month's 10th annual Women Worth Watching special issue, Applied's Dana Tribula is recognized among this year's top female executive award winners for her creative and technical leadership and initiative and achievements across her career. Applied was also honored for its commitment to advancing women in leadership.
At Applied Materials we love trying new things, so to celebrate the Summer Solstice, I spent the day yesterday, answering questions about solar energy and photovoltaics on Reddit, one of the world’s biggest and most vibrant online communities.
During the day-long, live “Ask Me Anything” question and answer session, I received nearly 1,000 comments and questions, ranging from topics like how to get a job in renewable energy to nuclear versus solar! I had a great time discussing my passion and life’s work, and answered as many questions as I could throughout the day.
If you have a moment, spend some time reading through the questions the community asked and the responses provided, but to save you some time, listed in this post are the ten best questions, as voted by the Reddit community.
As Congress continues to mull over the need for another jobs bill, it is my hope that our elected officials realize that a transition to a clean-tech economy will only work insofar as two crucial policies—the inclusion of solar manufacturing equipment in the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit (MITC) and the extension of the Treasury Grant Program (TGP)—are properly implemented.
Despite its present day interpretation (sans the great sales at the mall), Presidents Day essentially honors not the collective group of men who have held the office, but rather George Washington, the first president of the United States. Regarded as “The Father of his Country,” Washington was celebrated for his leadership in the founding of this nation. He is often viewed as a unifying force and a resounding example of the type of leader who should occupy the White House.
It’s about both evolving together. For the first time in history a manufactured good — a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel — can supply energy. Traditionally, we have consumed resources to make power. Burning wood, coal, oil or natural gas has been the norm.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote a great piece in Wednesday's Times entitled "Have a Nice Day" about Applied Materials and what we must do to put America on the path to leadership in solar energy. The piece is based on his visit to Applied last week. I would encourage you to check it out.