August 20, 2007 10:14 ET

Sematech's Dr. Michael R. Polcari Delivers Keynote at UT Manufacturing Profit: Productivity and Sustainability Conference

President and CEO of SEMATECH Presents Perspective on Semiconductor Productivity and Profitability in the 21st Century

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - August 20, 2007) - The University of Texas today announced Dr. Michael Polcari, manufacturing industry leader, will deliver the keynote for the upcoming Manufacturi ng Profit: Productivity and Sustainability Conference on August 30, 2007. The one-day event provides a forum for engineering industry professionals, government and academia to examine sustainable manufacturing practices and resources.

Polcari launches the discussion with an assessment of the industry's historical approach to solving productivity issues and the challenges to continuing on this path. Dr. Polcari will provide case examples of sustainability and profitability models currently in place in advanced R&D. Polcari will also examine manufacturing productivity approaches from fab efficiency through improved equipment productivity to cost-cutting methodologies and incorporating eco-friendly manufacturing. A proponent of industry funding university research, Polcari will provide a perspective on collaborative efforts from chipmakers, suppliers, universities, governments and consortia to achieve economies of scale and accelerate new technologies.

"Some companies have implemented improved manufacturing processes that positively impact business growth and profitability, while at the same time reducing their environmental footprint. We should all take note of their contributions as we evaluate best practices," said Dr. Steven P. Nichols, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at The University of Texas at Austin. "These practices will improve over time if we can continue to collaborate and build on successful approaches to enhance manufacturing processes and product design."

Course Registration

Featuring opportunities to explore the engineering, financial, and process benefits of sustainable manufacturing, the event will be held at the Commons Conference Center, located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Conference Center, Small Auditorium, Room 1.122, which is located at 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758, Telephone: (512) 471-5898.

The course fee is $250. Attendees will have the opportunity to satisfy Professional Engineer license renewal requirements by earning .55 continuing education units -- including one hour of engineering ethics in a single day. Register online at

About Dr. Michael Polcari

Michael Polcari has served as president and CEO of SEMATECH since February of 2003. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Advanced Technology Development Facility (ATDF), a SEMATECH subsidiary. Previously, Polcari was vice president of Procurement Engineering for IBM Global Procurement in Somers, NY, and was responsible for IBM's engineering effort in procurement including supplier quality management. Polcari earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in solid-state physics from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Polcari conducted additional graduate work at the University of Maryland, and earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Notre Dame. Polcari has served on the Board of Directors at the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), as well as on various advisory boards for semiconductor industry associations at both MIT and Stanford Universities. To reach a full bio visit

About AMC

The Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is an organization that addresses current and future technical opportunities within the manufacturing sector. The AMC couples education, research and the commercial sector. With faculty affiliates and researchers spanning four colleges and 10 disciplines the AMC organizes and directs research programs, provides professional, graduate and undergraduate education programs, sponsors workshops and provides a forum for addressing manufacturing challenges across industry, discipline and national boundaries. For more information, please visit

About CLEE

The Center for Lifelong Engineering Education (CLEE) is an innovative leader in the training and professional development industry. For over 30 years, CLEE's commitment has remained simple: to provide training that makes a profound difference in people's lives and work. With more than 150 programs worldwide offered across multi-disciplines, CLEE acts as an information bridge for the top ranked College of Engineering to bring to individuals, organizations, and industry the best the College has to offer: cutting-edge research, solid academic reputation, industry expert support, and extensive faculty experience. The end result is relevant, diverse education opportunities that transform lives. CLEE's services include public classroom training, conferences, eTraining, on-site courses, and customizable training. For more information, please visit

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