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Amaya is a key member of Applied Materials' corporate media team. She also publicizes Applied's work in the Community and works with the global broadcast media. In her spare time she enjoys a good brew pub and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
In this month's issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal magazine, Mary Humiston, Group Vice President, Global Human Resources (HR), is profiled as one of the publication's annual "Women Worth Watching" in the coming year for her critical role in an organizational transformation that requires Applied Materials to attract, retain and inspire the best possible talent around the world. By driving key initiatives including manager excellence, leadership development, and employee engagement, Mary and her team are re-inventing the way Applied Materials enables its workforce, while reinforcing HR’s role as a critical business partner to the company’s continued success.
Would you believe that the largest threat facing today’s word is the energy crisis? And that energy, right up there with food, water and shelter, ranks among the top necessities for human existence? In a Forbes.com article posted today, the energy crisis is credited with opening the door for a variety of alternative energy sources and companies, such as Applied Materials, who represent key components to an alternative energy future. It goes on to say that clean technology is one of the most promising areas for investment today, with exponential growth potential over the next several decades. Click here to check it out!
Below is the extended version of an Op-Ed by Applied Materials chairman and CEO Mike Splinter which was published in Dow Jones today:In 1960 the semiconductor industry was in its infancy. The first integrated circuits contained just a few transistors and the production costs were about $1,000 per circuit in 1960 dollars. The only viable applications for this early technology were two programs, the Minuteman missile and the Apollo space program. And these programs bought nearly every circuit produced between 1960 and 1963.The result of this early market creation by these government programs was that the cost per circuit dropped to an astonishing 98 percent to $25 by 1963 -- and an industry was born. This year, the world will produce about a quintillion transistors or one to the 18th power and the semiconductor industry will generate about $300 billion in revenue. As for the cost per transistor – today’s $200 MP3 player produced in 1975 would have cost about $3 billion.
Gary Fazzino, Applied Materials’ VP of Government Affairs, contributed to the National Journal's Energy/Enviro Experts blog this week, speaking to the need for America to transition to clean and renewable energy sources that will help stimulate the U.S. economy.
Applied Materials’ Ken MacWilliams, Jen Shu, Andrea Moretto and Farhan Ahmad contributed to an article in the latest issue of Photovoltaics World magazine, where they focus on lower cost crystalline silicon solar panels and their potential to help us reach grid parity -- where the cost to generate power on rooftops meets the cost to purchase power from the grid. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Applied Materials is mentioned in a recent New York Times Op-Ed by columnist Tom Friedman on the importance of energy technology and the expected Climate/Energy policy to the United States. Below is an excerpt from the column:
In case you missed it, this month Power Engineering magazine features Kirk Hasserjian, Applied Materials' VP and GM for the company's SunFab thin film solar business, on the four independent metrics contributing to the cost-comepetitveness of solar PV. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Applied Materials technologists are featured in the cover story of the current issue of Solid State Technology speaking to how energy consumption and the resulting carbon footprint can be reduced more than 20 percent in customer subfabs. To read the article, click here.