European SEMI Award Guidelines

The Award:

The European SEMI Award has been established to recognize significant contributions to the European semiconductor, microsystems, photovoltaic and display industries by individuals working in universities, research institutes or industry. This award, which demonstrates the industry’s high esteem for the recipient, is given annually.

Selection:

The European Awards Committee consists of experts representing semiconductor, microsystem and photovoltaic related manufacturing companies, equipment and materials suppliers, research institutes and universities. The committee reviews nominations and applications and selects the award recipient.

Eligibility:

Eligible candidates have produced a significant advancement, product or invention of exceptional value to the semiconductor, microsystem or photovoltaic industry.

Selection Guidelines:

The contribution(s) should be related to the semiconductor, photovoltaic, microsystems, display, or lighting industries.

Preferably, the contribution to be recognized is, or is related to: equipment for assembly/test and wafer fabrication; or the preparation of materials of importance to the semiconductor device, microsystems, photovoltaic, display or lighting industries. The contribution does not have to be hardware. Significant process inventions or enhancements also qualify. Whatever the form, it must have a profound impact upon one of the manufacturing industries listed above.

The scope of the contribution is the key issue – did it have a major impact on the overall industry?

There are many contributions which affect specific, narrow areas of manufacturing. Some of these may be worthy of awards. However, preference for the European SEMI Award will be given to those contributions, which are of a broad nature, having significance to the overall semiconductor, microsystems, photovoltaic or display industries.

The contribution must have been utilized in the semiconductor, microsystems, photovoltaic or display industries for at least three years.

Truly profound contributions are judged and proved worthy over a period of years. To be considered, a contribution must have demonstrated its value for three years before it can be submitted for consideration.

The recipient may be either the originator of the contribution or one who has made significant enhancements, which enabled its successful implementation into the commercial market.

We tend to think of originators or inventors as the key persons in the introduction of new technology. In many cases, this is not true. Another person may see more clearly the value of the idea, develop it into a useful from and successfully apply it within the semiconductor, microsystems, photovoltaic or display industries. If this is the case, the implementor is worthy of the award.

A particular emphasis is placed upon the long range contributions of an individual to our industry.

Multiple contributions by an individual to a science or technology over a period of years or contributions in a variety of disciplines will, in most cases, take precedence over a single contribution. This is an opportunity to honor our industry’s heroes.

Areas of Consideration:

The following list of possible award categories is only a guide for determining the contribution of a nominee:

  • Process Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Design
  • Process Control/Inspection
  • Assembly/Packaging
  • Test
  • Robotics/Automation
  • Standardization

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EUROPEAN SEMI AWARD RECIPIENTS

2013Benedetto Vigna, STMicroelectronics
2012 Dr. Franz Auerbach, Dr. Gerald Deboy, Dr. Hans Weber und Dr. Reinhard Ploss, Infineon
2011 Tibor Pavelka, Semilab
2010 Herbert Reichl, Fraunhofer Institut IZM
Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Woditsch, Deutsche Solar
2009 Holger Juergensen, Aixtron
Special Service Award: Enrico Villa, STMicroelectronics
2008 Gilbert Declerck, IMEC
2007 Michael Töpper, Fraunhofer Institut IZM
2006 Martin van den Brink, ASML and Winfried Kaiser, Carl Zeiss
Special Service Award: Sir Robin Saxby, ARM
2005 Horst Reichardt , DAS
2004 Tuomo Suntola
2003 Carola Bläsing, Leica
Special Service Award: Joël Monnier, STMicroelectronics
2002 Franz Sumnitsch, SEZ
2001 Robert Falster, MEMC
2000 Peter Kücher and Horia Grecu, Semiconductor 300
Special Service Award : Willem Maris, ASML
1999 André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, Soitec; Michel Bruel, CEA-LETI
1998 Karl Nicklaus, ESEC
1997 Hans-Georg Betz, STEAG; Diethard Huber, Wacker Siltronic
1996 Peter Eichinger, GeMeTec
Special Service Award: Eric Kamerbeek, ASMI
1995 Bruno Murari, ST Microelectronics
1994 Roger Van Overstraeten, IMEC
1993 Heinrich Walk, AST
1992 Winfried Süss, Karl Süss
Special Service Award: Guilio Grata, European Commission
1991 Jacques Trotel, Elisa
1990 Steve Wittekoek, ASML
1989 Jürgen Warnecke, Fraunhofer Institut
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