As we wrap up 2016, it is an ideal time to reflect on the accomplishments of Applied teams around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to the company’s core value of operating with responsibility and integrity.
The culmination of a comprehensive STEM program providing high-value education and networking resources for grade school educators came to completion this month with the STEM² Summit: “Nurturing students’ curiosity and inspiring innovation.” The event was a capstone to a five-part, professional development series of workshops held over the past several months for educators from the North Shore of Massachusetts.
Applied Materials employees in Gloucester, MA hosted several dozen grade school science teachers for two days of in-depth presentations on semiconductor manufacturing as well as tours of our research and development facility, in an effort to provide a glimpse into possible STEM career opportunities in their own backyard.
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.
This year the International Women’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary. Great strides have been made over these past 100 years in reaching gender equality: women’s right to vote or run for office are virtually universal, women’s participation on the workforce has increased and the percentage of women earning college degrees or higher have reached parity with men’s.
The rate of progress of women’s rights in the US can be seen in the newly published Women in America report by the White House. Along with the good news, the document also highlights some of the challenges that still remain. The gender gap in earnings has narrowed but still remains, women continue to do most of the domestic chores on households where both wife and husband work and women are still under-represented in management positions as well as higher earning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations.