SEMI Breakfast Forum Organized by SEMI Arizona Chapter (Hybrid)

The forum focuses on “Is Silicon Desert the New Innovation Hub?”

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Our Participation


01 May 2024

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EMD Electronics, 8555 S River Pkwy Tempe, AZ 85284 United States

Our participation

  1. Kate Dei Cas

    EVP, Global Head of DS&S

    Welcome Remarks

    01 May 2024 - FROM 8:05 TO 8:10 UTC-06:00

  2. Kevin Gorman

    SVP, Head of Patterning Solutions

    Keynote Presentation: "Empowering a Sustainable Future in Semiconductor Manufacturing: Advancements in PFAS-Free Materials and Low GWP Gases"

    01 May 2024 - FROM 8:10 TO 8:35 UTC-06:00


This keynote will highlight the critical need for sustainability in semiconductor manufacturing with two pivotal areas of focus: the elimination of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those with high Global Warming Potential (GWP).

By showcasing the innovative solutions being developed by us, Gorman will emphasize the industry's commitment to driving sustainable practices. These include the development of PFAS-free materials, such as novel surfactants and coatings, along with the adoption of low GWP gases for crucial semiconductor processes like dry etching. The presentation aims to inspire industry-wide collaboration and action to create a greener and more environmentally responsible future for semiconductor manufacturing.


  1. Saifi Usmani

    VP, Head of Planarization

    Executive Panel Discussion: “Why the Silicon Desert Is the New Innovation Hub”

    01 May 2024 - FROM 10:25 TO 11:30 UTC-06:00

Executive Panelists

  • Sandra Watson | President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Brian Harrison | President, TSMC Arizona 
  • Kimberly Kissel Sallquist | Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations, NXP Semiconductors
  • Dr. Kyle D. Squires | Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Aziz Safa | Vice President of Analytics and Automation, Technology Development Group, Intel Corporation


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