As a proud supporter of diversity and inclusion, and advocate for STEM careers, Applied Materials recently hosted female engineering students from Silicon Valley universities for a day of learning, growing and networking. Attendees heard from MIT alum and guest speaker Jennifer Hwang, a design verification manager for QuickLogic Corporation, along with a panel of Applied employees about exciting and rewarding career paths in engineering.
Congratulations to Applied Materials Executive Chairman Mike Splinter on receiving the Silicon Valley Education Foundation's (SVEF) Pioneer Business Leader Award for driving change in business and education philanthropy by using his passion and influence to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
The project names Gooru, Nanoly, and Sanergy are intriguing. The fact these names represent efforts all over the world, from India to Latin America to Africa, piques curiosity. And, the actual work of the 2014 Tech Laureates is absolutely amazing.
Gooru is working to support teachers as they transform learning via open source technology.
Sure, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a craze that is taking over social media. And, yes, it has been a tremendous fundraiser for the ALS Association as the organization combats Lou Gehrig’s disease through research, services and education.
When imagination and technology are focused on addressing everyday problems around the globe, amazing solutions are created. This year’s 25 Tech Award finalists have applied technology to benefit humanity with projects that include deploying drones to prevent animal poaching in developing countries, designing a machine to deliver anesthesia in medical clinics without access to compressed oxygen or continuous grid power, and creating a mobile app to promote carpooling in busy Latin American cities.
I am pleased to share the Applied Materials 2013 Citizenship Report which reflects the company’s commitment to social responsibility. I invite you to learn more about our environmental stewardship, sustainable business practices and community investments by exploring the report.
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.
The Environmental Innovation Center demonstrates the power of creativity and collaboration to address local needs. Its three tenants share a commitment to discovering economic and environmental solutions that benefit the community.
Recently, 85 nonprofit leaders representing more than 35 Austin, Texas, nonprofits took part in the fourth annual Advancement Academy, supported by the Applied Materials Foundation. In an effort to maximize community impact, the Academy works with nonprofits to improve capacity and operational efficiency. Applied partners with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success to host the Academy and provide workshops and consulting services for Applied Materials Foundation grantees.
The James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, inspired by Applied Materials Chairman Emeritus, Jim Morgan, each year honors an individual whose broad vision and leadership are helping to address humanity's greatest challenges.
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 honor will be presented to Ted Turner during the Tech Awards, an annual program recognizing innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity, in Silicon Valley in November.