SEMI Expands Nanotechnology Emphasis; Lubab L. Sheet Named Senior Director of Nanotechnology

    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


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