SEMI and SIA Create Nano U Program

SEMI and SIA announced details for the “Nano U” program to be held on October 31, 2006, immediately preceding SEMI NanoForum November 1-2, 2006 at the Marriott in San Jose, California. Designed to promote cooperation between academia and industry, the full-day session will feature professors from leading university nanotechnology centers discussing the latest research.

Featured speakers include Dr. Yoshiro Nishi of Stanford University, Dr. Michael Heller of UC San Diego, Dr. Fraser Stoddart of UCLA, Dr. Arunava Majumdar of UC Berkeley, and Dr. James Tour of Rice University. Dr. Tour was recently named the small tech innovator of the year for his invention of the nanocar by Small Times Magazine, and awarded the Nanotech Briefs Top 50 Innovator Award. Dr. Stoddart is currently one of the ten most frequently- cited chemists according to the Institute of Scientific Information. Dr. Majumdar, Dr. Nishi and Dr. Heller have all been active in helping the U.S. government shape its nanotech university research strategies. Collectively, these five professors hold over 120 patents in the U.S. and Japan.

“Nano U provides a unique forum for industry executives to gain insight on cutting edge research relevant to their businesses.” said Stanley T. Myers, president and CEO at SEMI. “By creating this forum, we are encouraging greater collaboration, ultimately equating to a reduction in R&D costs and faster times to market for the resulting technologies.”

“The reality is that universities do the vast majority of basic research in America,” said SIA President George Scalise. “Close collaboration between the microelectronics industry and academia is essential to establish the direction for basic research activities in nanoelectronics.”

Currently, there are over 50 nanotech research centers and user facilities in operation in the U.S. funded by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) funding the six centers at the five universities presenting at Nano U. Furthermore, all of the nano centers at the five participating universities were recently rated in the top 10 Small Times Magazine rankings in terms of leading centers overall, peer rated micro or nano research or peer rated micro or nano commercialization.

Registration for Nano U is currently available. Admission to the event is US$525. More information about SEMI Nano U and SEMI NanoForum can always be obtained by contacting Sara Wagner at, or via telephone at +1.408.943.6986.

About SEMI
SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors, displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.

About SIA
The SIA is the leading voice for the semiconductor industry and has represented U.S. semiconductor companies since 1977. Collectively, the chip industry employs a domestic workforce of 225,000 people.