Category Archives: Conferences

MEMS is Hot at Globalpress Electronics Summit

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

“MEMS is HOT” was the name of the MEMS panel at the 2010 Globalpress Electronics Summit and I’d add that if MEMS is hot, then the MEMS panel was smokin’ hot. For a second year it was my pleasure to work with Globalpress to host a MEMS panel of MIG members at their annual Electronics Summit (an organized reverse press tour featuring international media). While last year’s program was impressive, this year was really truly great and I’ll tell you why. Continue reading

BSAC Spring IAB Meeting Trip Report: It’s the System, Stupid

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

It was my honor and pleasure to be a guest at Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center’s (BSAC) Spring IAB meeting March 10-12, 2010. Every year in March and September, BSAC’s industrial members, faculty, and BSAC researchers meet at the UC Berkeley campus for the three day IAB Meeting. Each day of the meeting presents different opportunities to learn about and discuss BSAC research. (View my Powerpoint slides on the MIG website.) Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010 Wrap-up

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Wrap-up, Thursday 11 March 2010

Strolling in Old Town Scottsdale last night after an excellent dinner at Bandera (go early – seems to fill-up quickly after the ballgames let out) I pass the Italian Grotto, a Frank Sinatra-friendly kind of place with good recorded jazz spilling out onto the sidewalk.

So, with apologies to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, to Paul Anka, to the French songwriting team who originally composed “Comme d’Habitude,” and with a nod to The King, here’s my IMAPS Device Packaging 2010 version of “My Way.”  Sing along if you know the tune! Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010, Day 2

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Day 2, Tuesday 09 March 2010

Cactus league games cancelled by baseball-sized hail

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Scottsdale, AZ — Spring cactus league games were cancelled in the Valley of the Sun today due to baseball-sized hail.  Indoor activities, including IMAPS Device Packaging 2010, were unaffected. Continue reading

IMAPS Device Packaging 2010

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President, Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Day 1, Monday 08 March 2010, Morning

It’s not supposed to rain in Scottsdale, is it?  Or have I come to the wrong place?

Oh well, when life gives you heavy rain, why not make rainbows? Continue reading

Trip Report: Fab Owners Association 1st Quarter Meeting

Contributed by Monica Takacs, Director of Marketing and Membership, MEMS Industry Group

On February 11, I visited sunny Arizona for the Fab Owners Association’s quarterly meeting hosted by Microchip, a provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. Microchip also provided attendees with a fab tour–an impressive facility and very interesting for me to see, because I don’t come from a manufacturing background. Continue reading

Trip Report: ASME nEMB 2010 Conference – Part II

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

For part I of this post, see Trip Report: ASME nEMB 2010 Conference – Part I.

The conference began on February 7 with a day-long program/tutorial on nanomedicine, which I heard was an impressive program focused on graduate and undergraduate engineering students. I attended the programs on February 8 &9, kicked off with a keynote from Dr.Andrew Eschenbach, Former Director of the National Cancer Institute and former FDA Commissioner. Dr. Eschenbach’s presentation was remarkable in that he focused the audience to not go into nanomedicine for the glory of it, but simply to improve the quality of life of humankind. Continue reading

Trip Report: ASME nEMB 2010 Conference – Part I

Contributed by Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

I am back in Pittsburgh’s snowmageddon after being in sunny Houston to attend the ASME First Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (nEMB) held February 7-10, 2010. For those of you who attended MIG’s MEMS Executive Congress 2009, you’ll remember how Dr. Mauro Ferrari wowed the audience with his keynote speech on silicon as a transformational material for medicine. I came to the ASME nEMB conference at the invitation of Dr. Ferrari and his Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering (nBME) at the University of Texas at Houston. Continue reading

ARPA-E Hosting Energy Innovation Summit

ARPA-E logoJust a quick blog post today on an upcoming conference: the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy) is hosting an Energy Innovation Summit in Washington D.C. this March 1-3. Continue reading

Thoughts on the MEMS Technology Session at SEMICON Japan 2009

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, VP Marketing & Applications, Tegal Corporation

Autumn in Japan:

Temple maples blaze

Ginko’s yellow bokeh shade

Miso turnip steams

If you are going to visit Japan after a long (OK, a year) absence, then you should try to combine your niece’s wedding in Kyoto with a visit to the ancient capital, Nara, brilliant late Fall colors, the Cornell Club of Japan American Holiday Dinner, and SEMICON Japan 2009 all in the same trip. Continue reading

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