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 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that Applied Materials Chairman and CEO, Mike Splinter, is this year’s recipient of the Robert N. Noyce Award for his outstanding achievements and leadership in support of the U.S. semiconductor industry.
Applied Materials was featured in two recent issues of Profiles in Diversity Journal for its executive diversity leadership and corporate philanthropy. In this month's 10th annual Women Worth Watching special issue, Applied's Dana Tribula is recognized among this year's top female executive award winners for her creative and technical leadership and initiative and achievements across her career. Applied was also honored for its commitment to advancing women in leadership.
This year the International Women’s Day celebrates its 100th anniversary. Great strides have been made over these past 100 years in reaching gender equality: women’s right to vote or run for office are virtually universal, women’s participation on the workforce has increased and the percentage of women earning college degrees or higher have reached parity with men’s.
The rate of progress of women’s rights in the US can be seen in the newly published Women in America report by the White House. Along with the good news, the document also highlights some of the challenges that still remain. The gender gap in earnings has narrowed but still remains, women continue to do most of the domestic chores on households where both wife and husband work and women are still under-represented in management positions as well as higher earning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations.
Applied Materials engineer Rozalia Beica guest-blogs for The Huffington Post's education section in a blog post published this week as part of non-profit organization Change The Equation 's campaign encouraging education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Rozalia's inspiring story speaks to how she stumbled into the engineering field as a shy student and eventually came to love engineering and the excitement and collaboration of working in the semiconductor industry. She is now seen as an expert in the field helping to enable cutting edge technology of the future as part of Applied Materials' Silicon Systems Group .