Celebrating Innovation Leadership

Celebrating Innovation Leadership

Innovation is the life-blood of any successful technology company and is naturally embedded in the DNA of Applied Materials as we contribute to moving the semiconductor industry forward. In order to stay innovative, you need to build and sustain an intellectually vibrant culture of open innovation with passionate people that bring fresh ideas and different perspectives.

Applied Materials values our dedicated workforce and it is no accident we are recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world  with 10,000+ patents and growing. Our employees’ passion for solving customers’ high value problems, combined with compelling technology solutions, expertise in precision materials engineering and the company's rich 45+year heritage of translating inventions into industry innovations is what first drew me to Applied. And today our opportunities to improve our world are bigger than ever before.

I’m inspired every day just witnessing the talent and capabilities we have here at Applied – world-class scientists and engineers with a focused eye for taking the seemingly impossible and productizing it. It is our people that have been instrumental in creating the solutions our customers need to be successful, and who in turn, are changing how we all work, play and communicate.

At Applied, our highest recognition for technical achievement goes to employees whose technical accomplishments over many years have defined world class technologies and products that have become the basis for the commercial success of Applied Materials. These employees are given the lifetime honorary designation of “Applied Materials Fellow.”

Two of our distinguished technologists recently joined the prestigious group of 14 Applied Materials Fellows who embody Applied’s innovation culture and technical leadership: Ron Naftali and Shinichi Kurita. Selected for their sustained and notable achievements, Ron and Shinichi have demonstrated leadership skills and a passion for applying their knowledge to solve some of the world’s most challenging technical problems. Their accomplishments and contributions have been pivotal in bringing advanced technology and products to the semiconductor and display industries.

Ron has extensive range of technical knowledge and capabilities focused on the end applications enabled by our tools. His expertise spans physics, optics, electronics and motion, image processing and embedded computation; talents which have been instrumental to Applied’s technical leadership. Ron was the lead technologist and architect behind many successful products including the UVision® and Compass®/ComPLUS families. Together, these product lines have generated more than $1 billion in revenue. As CTO for Process Diagnostics and Control, he continues to develop innovative product solutions to address our customers’ biggest challenges in inspection and metrology.

Shinichi is widely recognized in the Display industry as an innovation leader in chemical vapor deposition, with extensive experience in new product development and systems design engineering. He has been awarded more than 200 foreign patents and over 60 U.S. patents, including 31 as first inventor and three as sole inventor. During his 20 years in Applied’s Display group, he has worked on the development of new CVD systems from Gen 2 up to today’s Gen 10. Products that Shinichi and his team developed have generated over $7 billion in revenue for Applied Materials. Today, as Managing Director of Systems Engineering and New Product development for Display, he oversees all new CVD product development.

I truly am excited when I see the semiconductor and display industry roadmaps and the complex materials and scaling challenges that still need to be solved. These challenges are really just opportunities in disguise, and I look forward to working with all of our employees to help solve them for many years to come. 

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