Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), the subsidiary of SEMATECH dedicated to
helping improve the productivity and cost performance of semiconductor manufacturing
operations, today announced the keynote speakers for its 6th Annual ISMI Symposium
on Manufacturing Effectiveness.
ISMI’s Manufacturing Week, heralded as the only place where fab engineers
and managers meet face-to-face and collaborate, takes place October 19-22, 2009
at the Hilton Austin Airport in Austin, Texas.
The event’s speaker lineup presents big-picture perspectives on the current
economic landscape from industry thought leaders Angelos Angelou, Dave Bergeron,
Jim Feldhan, and G. Dan Hutcheson.
Angelos Angelou will be one of two featured keynote speakers on Wednesday,
October 21. His presentation will focus on “The Road to US Economic Recovery:
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.” Mr. Angelou is founder and principle
executive officer of AngelouEconomics, the largest independent economic development
consulting firm in the U.S. He is a renowned expert in technology-based economic
development, public policy, investment attraction and marketing.
The afternoon keynote on October 21 will be presented by Dave Bergeron, Chief
Technology Officer of SVTC Technologies. Mr. Bergeron will present on the “Evolution
of Process Technology Commercialization in Today’s Economy” and
will feature an overview of the Shared Services Model, a description of its
successful implementation in the semiconductor and MEMS industries, and how
it is being leveraged to address many of the challenges in getting new silicon
based technologies into volume manufacturing.
On Thursday, October 22, Jim Feldhan, founder and president of Semico Research,
will discuss “The Semiconductor Recovery Driven by Innovation & Marketing
Technology.” Mr. Feldhan is a 20-year veteran of the semiconductor industry,
and his primary role at Semico is to develop the overall economic outlook as
well as performing semiconductor consulting and forecasting for the industry.
The final keynote speaker of the ISMI Symposium will be G. Dan Hutcheson, founder
and director of weSRCH.com. Mr. Hutcheson’s keynote address on October
22 will explore “Why and How the Flow of Manufacturing Offshore Could
Reverse.” Mr. Hutcheson has been helping companies develop strategy and
tactics to make businesses out of technology for more than 30 years, and he
will speak to how the migration of manufacturing from North American to Pacific
Rim countries led to the greatest economic challenge the world has faced since
the Great Depression.
“We are pleased to have such a distinguished slate of keynote speakers,
who will provide insight to the ISMI Symposium attendees on the opportunities
and challenges of technology commercialization in the current economic environment,”
said Mike Schwartz, Symposium Chair. “Our event provides attendees with
a better understanding of the cost-cutting and productivity benefits available
to them when the world’s most innovative companies’ strategies are
put to work.”
In addition to keynote presentations, ISMI’s Manufacturing Week program
includes a multi-track symposium, a wide-range of short courses and workshops,
an exhibit pavilion filled with the latest tools and solutions from some of
the industry’s top suppliers, as well as various networking opportunities.
To register for this event or for general information about ISMI’s Manufacturing
Week, please visit www.ismi.sematech.org/ismisymposium.