Nakamura wins Millennium Technology Prize

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  • PEOPLE & PLACES UPDATE

    SEMI chairman namedArchie Hwang, chairman and CEO of

    Hermes-Epitek has been named

    chairman of SEMIs international board

    of directors, succeeding Ed Segal, senior

    advisor to Metron Technology. Also

    elected to the board were Wasuke

    Nakano, CEO, vice president, and

    general manager of Hitachi High-

    Technologies Semiconductor

    Equipment Business Group and Richard

    P. Wallace, CEO of KLA-Tencor Corp.

    Jerry Coder, president emeritus of

    DuPont Electronic Technologies

    becomes vice chairman of the board.

    21st century role modelPatricia F. Russo, chairman and CEO of

    Lucent Technologies, is to head up the

    new company formed when Alcatel and

    Lucent Technologies merge at the end

    of 2006. This merger will create a

    world-class team that will deliver the

    best of both companies to customers

    around the world, and will create

    enhanced value for shareholders, she

    says. To that end, we are mapping

    each companys individual strengths to

    the changing market dynamics

    reshaping our industry and adopting

    best practices across the business of

    the combined company. From R&D to

    sales, from product development to

    marketing, from finance to talent

    development, we are committed to

    being a role model company for the

    21st century.

    Material change toBayer boardBayer MaterialScience has appointed

    Patrick W. Thomas as chairman of the

    board of management, succeeding

    Hagen Noerenberg, who retires at the

    end of 2006 after 30 years with the

    company. Thomas, who has an

    engineering degree from the University

    of Oxford, has held positions at ICI and

    Huntsman. Im looking forward to

    working in a company with such a rich

    tradition as Bayer, says Thomas. Im

    very optimistic about the future of

    Bayer MaterialScience.

    Shes worth itMichelle L. Povinelli of Stanford

    University has been named one of five

    recipients of 2006 LOral USA

    Fellowships. She will receive $20 000 to

    support her research in nanophotonic

    systems. Povinellis work will focus on

    slow light in photonic devices.

    A light for scienceScientists at Diamond Light

    Source in Harwell, UK, have

    announced a major

    developmental milestone the

    first generation of synchrotron

    light. The light is channeled

    into research stations termed

    beamlines, where its

    interaction with a sample

    gives information about its atomic structure.

    Diamond is more than just a machine, says Gerhard

    Materlik, CEO of Diamond Light Source, we are

    creating a vibrant research base together with the UK

    academic community and industry users, enabling us

    to deliver excellent and high-quality science to benefit

    generations to come. The concept of scientific

    collaboration is embodied in the design of Diamond

    itself the building contains not only the synchrotron

    machine, but also a variety of laboratory and office

    space that will encourage interaction within the user

    community, fostering creative relationships and

    permitting the sharing of ideas.

    Nakamura wins MillenniumTechnology PrizeThe 2006 Millennium Technology Prize has been

    awarded to Shuji Nakamura of the University of

    California, Santa Barbara for his work on light-emitting

    diodes (LEDs). The worlds largest technology prize,

    now being awarded by Finlands Millennium Prize

    Foundation, has a value of $1.25 million and is

    awarded every second year for an innovation that

    improves the quality of human life and well being.

    The lighting applications now made possible by his

    achievement can be compared with Thomas Edisons

    invention of the incandescent lamp. In the course of

    time, energy-efficient light sources based on Shuji

    Nakamuras innovation will undoubtedly become

    predominant, says Pekka Tarjanne, chairman of the

    international selection committee.

    New direction in physicalsciences and maths The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named

    Tony F. Chan, dean of physical sciences at the

    University of California, Los Angeles, as assistant

    director for Mathematics and Physical Sciences at NSF.

    Chan will manage research funding of approximately

    $1 billion a year to support astronomy, physics,

    chemistry, mathematics, materials science, and

    multidisciplinary activities.

    Fusion approach tonanotechnologyThe Georgia Institute of Technologys Nanotechnology

    Research Center has named James D. Meindl, who

    currently heads Georgia Techs Joseph M. Pettit

    Microelectronics Research Center, as its founding

    director. He will lead the centers efforts to discover

    breakthrough nanotechnologies using a combination of

    disciplines. Future breakthroughs comparable to the

    microchip in their impact may be possible through a

    fusion of discoveries in physical and biological science

    and engineering enabled by nanotechnology. The

    Georgia Tech Nanotechnology Research Center will be

    the first center in the US to focus primarily on this

    exciting and inspiring fusion, says Meindl.

    Energy facility acceleratescommercialization A new science and technology facility has opened at

    the Department of Energys National Renewable

    Energy Laboratory in Colorado. The 21 640 m2 facility

    is designed to help accelerate the development and

    commercialization of new energy technologies,

    particularly in solar, hydrogen, and building-related

    energy technologies. The facility has space for 75 full-

    time researchers and features a process development

    and integration lab, which will allow researchers to

    collaborate on new manufacturing processes.

    Engineering change at DFGMatthias Kleiner has been named as the next president

    of the German research foundation, Deutsche

    Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The first engineering

    scientist to be appointed to this role, Kleiner will take

    over from Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker on 1 January 2007.

    Engineering scientists are obliged to bear the

    technical and economic responsibility for the

    conversion of research findings and innovation into

    useful inventions and end products that benefit...

    society as a whole, comments Kleiner.

    Spotlight on appointmentsRoger Falcone has been appointed as the new director

    of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence

    Berkeley National Laboratory. His predecessor, Janos

    Kirz, comments, I am thrilled. Roger is... a terrific

    choice to lead ALS to even greater achievements.

    Leah H. Jamieson has been appointed dean of the

    Purdue University College of Engineering. It [will be]

    important for us to build new research communities...,

    grow and enhance the graduate program, and

    revolutionize the undergraduate curriculum, she says.

    Please send details of new appointments, honors, and awards to materialstoday@elsevier.com

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