Terry Brewer Says Semiconductor Leaders, Innovators in the Midwest are Essential to Industry’s Future
May 29, 2014 – Aurora, IL – Dr. Terry Brewer, Founder and President of Brewer Science, today spoke of the importance of the semiconductor industry in the Midwest, where his company was founded and where many innovators are discovering new frontiers for microelectronics. Dr. Brewer addressed technology leaders gathered in Aurora, Illinois, for the recently formed North Central region of SEMI, the largest trade association for the semiconductor industry in the United States.
“There’s a myth that technology innovation in microelectronics is limited to companies located on the West Coast,” said Dr. Brewer. “If you look at the size of the SEMI organization with member companies across the country and the number of business leaders who are gathered here today in the Midwest, it is clear that the semiconductor industry is a vibrant coast-to-coast network of innovators, especially here in SEMI’s North Central region.
“As an industry, we understand that the traditional business model will not meet our future needs. That’s why we are pushing the boundaries of technology in the global marketplace, recognizing it is critical to find new ways to develop and engage the most talented people – whether it’s supporting STEM education or spending more resources on recruitment and training. We can create a climate of energy and innovation that captures the synergy here today to grow and inspire entrepreneurship and innovation that will not only create new technologies, but also grow our economy at every level.”
SEMI Member Day 2014, hosted by Aurora-based Cabot Microelectronics, focused on the challenges and potential for the microelectronics industry, including workforce development, advanced manufacturing, and legislative issues. Attendees heard opening remarks and a welcome by Bill Johnson, CFO, Cabot Microelectronics, and by Dr. Terry Brewer, President of Brewer Science.
Other notable speakers included Karen Savala, President, SEMI Americas; Jonathan Davis, Global Vice President, SEMI; Senator Jim Talent, member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission; Jamie Gerard, Senior Director, Public Policy, SEMI; Joe Waranyuwat, Instructor, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign; Stan Shoun, President, Ranken Technical College; Scott Miller, Interim Director, Digital Manufacturing & Design Institute; and Ian Steff, Senior Advisor, Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing, Government of the State of Indiana/IEDC.
Dr. Brewer serves as a member of the SEMI North America Advisory Board. He is a founding member of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) and serves on the board of Springfield Innovation, Inc. Dr. Brewer is a strong advocate for economic development, job creation in the state of Missouri, education, and the arts.
About Brewer Science
Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing innovative materials, processes, and equipment for the reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting. Since 1981, when its ARC® materials revolutionized lithography processes, Brewer Science has expanded its technology to include products enabling advanced lithography, thin wafer handling, 3-D integration, and chemical and mechanical device protection and products based on carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology. On May 5, 2014, Brewer Science unveiled its new high-volume manufacturing facility at the Rolla National Airport. This expansion will accommodate product demand growth and demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement. With its headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science supports its worldwide customers through a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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