Applied Materials CEO Tells Students to Follow their Passion

Applied Materials CEO Tells Students to Follow their Passion

Recently more than 270 students from National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) in Hsinchu, Taiwan, crowded into the campus auditorium to hear Mike Splinter, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials deliver a talk about the fast-paced and challenging environment of the semiconductor industry. Dr. Da-Hsuan Feng, Senior Vice President of National Tsing Hua University introduced Mike and delivered opening remarks.

Accelerating Change

In his talk titled, 'Accelerating Change,' Mike explained the challenges technology companies face today, which are the increase

in inflection points and incredible complexity in manufacturing. He also noted that flexibility as well as collaboration, and open innovation are key to elevating business productivity and remaining competitive in today’s global markets. Additionally, students asked him questions about semiconductor manufacturing and clean technology.

One of Mike’s main points to the audience—young, aspiring undergraduates, graduates and Ph.D. degree students of science and engineering majors—was to do what they are passionate about. He told the group that successful careers are about aligning their talents and passions with an organization’s needs.

Mike’s presentation was part of ‘Applied Day,’ a program organized by Applied Materials Taiwan (AMT) to engage with students interested in the semiconductor, display and solar industries as part of an effort to strengthen university engagement in Taiwan.

‘Alumni Sharing,’ another interactive session of the Applied Day program consisted of AMT employees discussing their career experience and engaging in a question and answer session with students. When asked about the qualifications of a sales person at Applied Materials, Sales Manager, Luc Chang, emphasized that great leadership skills and a strong work ethic are important to being successful. Surrounded by a group of eager and energetic NTHU students, Dr. Dennis Han, Silicon Systems Group, Product Director, Emily Hsu, Silicon Systems Group, Process Support Engineer, and Kay Li, Silicon Systems Group, Process Support Engineer also shared their personal learning and growth experiences at Applied.

The result of Applied Day at NTHU had the desired effect. Students raised questions ranging from decision making in the semiconductor industry, career choices and benefits to environmental issues, all of which demonstrated their big interest in this space.

Applied Day, inaugurated this year, will also take place at additional locations throughout Taiwan including, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and National Cheng Kung University in late April. Through this program, we expect to encourage more students to pursue the dynamic industries of the future.  

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