SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMI today announced that Lubab L. Sheet has been named senior director of nanotechnology and will spearhead expanded efforts to clarify and exploit new technology and market opportunities for the organization's global membership. Together with the launch of a comprehensive market study, a global executive conference and standards development activities, the newly-created position confirms the increasing emphasis SEMI will place on nanotechnology-related information, public policy, services and events. "Semiconductor equipment and materials companies have long been working on nano-scaled manufacturing processes. Yet, as an industry, we need better understanding about the future of nanotechnology in microelectronics and business opportunities in other sectors," said President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Newberry, who is a member of the SEMI International Board of Directors and chairs the board's Nanotechnology Working Group. In July, SEMI and IEEE signed a memorandum of understanding to support their respective programs to create nanotechnology and MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) standards. In November, SEMI hosted the inaugural NanoForum conference in Austin, Texas, with over 400 international delegates from multiple industries. SEMI NanoForum 2005 is scheduled for October 3-6, 2005 at the San Jose Marriott (California). In cooperation with the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), SEMI has also launched a comprehensive market study on nanotechnology applications in the electronics industry. "Global Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities," to be available in the third quarter of 2005, will provide definition of the rapidly-emerging global nanoelectronics markets and offer a global perspective of requirements and opportunities for equipment and materials suppliers. "In response to heightened member interest, SEMI has expedited activities related to nanotechnology," said Stanley Myers, president and CEO of SEMI. "Building on that initial success, we are now acting on SEMI board approval to focus additional resources on this important field." Effective immediately, Sheet reports to SEMI Executive Vice President Paul Davis and will coordinate the association's global services in nanotechnology. Previously, she served as the research development director at SEMI. Prior to her employment with SEMI, Sheet was the vice president of content and co-founder of SemiSales, a management consultant for Rose Associates and a member of the Silicon Development Group at Applied Materials, Inc. She has a bachelor of science in materials science from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. About SEMI SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that develop and provide manufacturing technology, materials and services to make semiconductors, flat panel displays (FPDs), micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related microelectronics. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels, Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit SEMI at www.semi.org.