MILPITAS, Calif., July 15, 2020 — The SEMI Foundation has announced the appointment of Katy Crist, Director of Marketing and Communications at Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), a leading global provider of semiconductors and flat panel display equipment, to the SEMI Foundation Board of Trustees. Crist currently co-chairs the SEMI Workforce Development/Diversity & Inclusion Council.
“Katy’s passion for influencing and supporting diversity in the semiconductor and microelectronics industry will help the foundation fulfill its vision to spur growth of the industry talent pipeline and promote greater gender diversity and women’s leadership,” said Shari Liss, Executive Director of the SEMI Foundation.
TEL supports the SEMI Foundation’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Crist and TEL partner with the SEMI Foundation to offer an internal mentoring program and are sharing best practices to grow a veteran training and industry exposure program to support soldiers transitioning back to civilian life.
TEL also sponsors several other SEMI Foundation key initiatives, including the High Tech U (HTU) program. The three-day SEMI Foundation hands-on exploration program connects students to the microelectronics industry and encourages them to pursue an education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program includes career insights from industry professionals and visits to universities for a glimpse of college life.
“It has been an extraordinary privilege to partner with the SEMI Foundation Board,” Crist said. “Over the past several years, I’ve had an intimate look at the SEMI Foundation’s work to tackle the most substantial challenges facing our industry – talent crisis, industry image, and D&I. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I look forward to working more closely with the Foundation to strengthen our industry across these and other critical issues.”
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About the SEMI Foundation
The SEMI Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001 to help sustain the growth of the microelectronics industry by attracting, developing, and retaining a well-trained and innovative workforce through educational programs, diversity initiatives and member engagement. The Foundation’s longest-running and flagship programs are SEMI High Tech U, aimed at inspiring high-school students to pursue STEM college educations and careers, and SEMI High Tech U Teacher Edition. Since 2002, High Tech U programs in Austria, France, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and the United States have directly influenced and inspired more than 8,200 students and teachers.
SEMI connects more than 2,400 member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics design and manufacturing. SEMI members are responsible for the innovations in materials, design, equipment, software, devices, and services that enable smarter, faster, more powerful, and more affordable electronic products. Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), FlexTech, the Fab Owners Alliance (FOA) and the MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) are SEMI Strategic Association Partners, defined communities within SEMI focused on specific technologies. Visit www.semi.org to learn more, contact one of our worldwide offices, and connect with SEMI on LinkedIn and Twitter.