I’m pleased to announce Applied Materials was once again named a World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Applied was recognized for the fourth consecutive year for continuing to foster a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.
The 2014 Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot consisted of 26,533 trotters including elite runners, wheelchair athletes, CEOs with teams of employees, parents with strollers, and visitors from around the world. Most importantly, this event brought together the diversity of the Valley to benefit those in need, served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, the Healthier Kids Foundation, the Housing Trust, the Health Trust and Second Harvest of Santa Cruz County.
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.