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September 28, 2020 - September 30, 2020

SMC 2019 Conference


The Strategic Materials ConferenceSMC 2020, is two and a half days of information sharing on the latest market trends and developments in advanced materials.

It Is devoted to materials technology and business drivers in the microelectronics supply chain. SMC is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with industry leaders, experts, and colleagues.


Doubletree by Hilton
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose , CA 95110
United States

SMC 2019 Conference

This year's conference theme Leading Future Technology Innovations with Materials will delve into what’s driving demand for: 

  • Economic, Geopolitical and Market Trends 
  • Impact of Market Drivers on Materials Innovation
  • Emerging Materials & Applications 
  • Innovations in Metrology
  • Advanced Packaging Materials Integration and Challenges 
  • New Session of Innovative Startup Companies and Venture Capital Investors Panel
  • Plus many more topics

The conference attracts a highly influential audience from every segment of the semiconductor manufacturing industry and provides comprehensive in-depth content and unprecedented networking opportunities for professionals who share common strategic objectives for the extended electronics ecosystem.


The SEMI Electronic Materials Group—EMG is the backbone of the Strategic Materials Conference—SMC Organizing Committee. Thank you to these committee members for their valuable time and support of the industry. 

EMG is a new collaborative technology community that combines the former Chemical & Gas Manufacturers Group (CGMG), the Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) and other SEMI member segments to better serve the interests of the $69 billion electronics materials industry. The group is open to SEMI members involved in materials manufacture, distribution, and services throughout the microelectronics industry.


SMC offers valuable content and unprecedented networking opportunities for semiconductor industry professionals who share common strategic objectives on materials innovation, management, and business success. 

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Presidents
  • Vice-Presidents
  • Academia
  • Consortiums
  • Consultants
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Product Managers
  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Venture Capital



Sponsorship Opportunities
Shane Poblete
Tel: +1.202.847.5983

Program Questions
Lin Tso
Tel: +1.408.943.7920



5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:35 am
Dave Anderson, President, SEMI Americas
Dave Anderson
President, SEMI Americas

Welcome Remarks

8:35 am - 8:40 am
Rozalia Beica
SMC Co-Chair
Rozalia Beica
CSO, Mobile Applications and Semiconductor Division, AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik

Opening Remarks

8:40 am - 9:20 am
Sean Ding, Alibaba
Sean Ding
CTO of AIoT, Alibaba Group


9:20 am - 9:50 am
Jun He, TSMC
Jun He, PhD
Head of Corporate Quality & Reliability, TSMC


9:50 am - 10:20 am

Networking Break

SESSION 1: Economic, Geopolitical and Market Trends

10:20 am - 10:25 am
Mark Thirsk
Mark Thirsk
Managing Partner, Linx Consulting

Welcome & Introductions

10:25 am - 10:55 am
Carolyn Evans, Intel
Carolyn Evans, PhD
Chief Economist, Intel


10:55 am - 11:25 am


11:25 am - 11:55 am
Risto Puhakka
President, VLSI Research

VLSI Research

11:55 am - 1:25 pm

Networking Lunch

SESSION 2: Impact of Market Drivers on Materials Innovation

1:25 pm - 1:30 pm
Kevin Peterson
Kevin Peterson
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, JX Nippon Mining & Metals

Welcome & Introductions

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

SESSION 3: Emerging Materials & Applications

3:30 pm - 3:35 pm
Pawitter Mangat, PhD
Director, Global Supplier Quality & Materials Engineering, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Welcome & Introductions

3:35 pm - 4:05 pm


4:05 pm - 4:35 pm


4:35 pm - 5:05 pm


5:05 pm - 5:35 pm
Erwin Kessels, Eindhoven University of Technology
Erwin Kessels, PhD
Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University

Eindhoven University

5:35 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:35 am
Wenge Yang, Entegris
EMG Co-Chair
Wenge Yang
Vice President of Marketing, Entegris

Welcome Remarks

8:35 am - 9:05 am
Anand Nambiar, Merck
Anand Nambiar
Global Head, Semiconductor Materials & Solutions, Merck Group


SESSION 4: Innovations in Metrology

9:05 am - 9:10 am
Wenge Yang, Entegris
EMG Co-Chair
Wenge Yang
Vice President of Marketing, Entegris

Welcome & Introductions

9:10 am - 9:40 am
Jijen Vazhaeparambil
Sr. Vice President and General Manager, KLA


9:40 am - 10:10 am


10:10 am - 10:40 am


10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break

SESSION 5: Advanced Packaging, Materials Integration and Challenges

11:10 am - 11:15 am
John Cahill
Market Development Manager, Eastman

Welcome & Introductions

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Gamal Refai-Ahmed, PhD
Sr. Technical Director, Xilinx


11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Wolfgang Sauter, Marvell Semiconductor
Wolfgang Sauter, PhD
Customer Solutions Architect, Packaging, Marvell Semiconductor

Marvell Semiconductor

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm


12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

SESSION 6: Startups and Venture Capitalists

2:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Maria Peterson, PhD
Maria Peterson, PhD
Corporate Venturing and Innovation, JSR Micro

Welcome & Introductions

2:05 pm - 2:15 pm
Sean Doyle, Intel Capital
Sean Doyle
Managing Director, Intel Capital

VC #1

2:15 pm - 2:25 pm
Ker Zhang, El Camino Capital
Ker Zhang, PhD
Managing Partner, El Camino Capital

VC #2

2:25 pm - 2:35 pm
Sung Hoon Yang, Samsung Ventures America
Sung Hoon Yang, PhD
General Manager, Vice President, Samsung Ventures

VC #3

2:35 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break | Startups Product Showcase / Poster Session

3:30 pm - 3:40 pm

Startup #1

3:40 pm - 3:50 pm

Startup #2

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm

Startup #3

4:00 pm - 4:10 pm

Startup #4

4:10 pm - 4:20 pm

Startup #5

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel Discussion (VC's and Startups)

5:00 pm - 5:10 pm
Katherine Hutchison, PhD
SMC Co-Chair
Katherine Hutchison, PhD
Director of Strategic Marketing, Versum Materials, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA

Closing Remarks


Full conference registration includes: 

  • Conference sessions and presentations
  • Monday Welcome Reception 
  • Tuesday Networking Reception

Member Price: $595

Non-member Price: $825

Students: $80 (Must have a valid Student ID. For student registration code, contact Lin Tso at

Cancellations received on or before August 30, 2020 will be fully refunded. After this date, only substitutions will be accepted. Contact Lin Tso at


Doubletree by Hilton Exterior

DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110

In the heart of Silicon Valley in vibrant San Jose, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Jose is less than a half-mile from San Jose International Airport and 45 minutes from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). This location is just one hour south of San Francisco and north of Monterey/Carmel. Take the complimentary hotel shuttle to and from the airport, and check your flight status or print boarding passes in the hotel lobby. Valet and self-parking are also available at the hotel.




    Our spacious guest rooms, the largest in Silicon Valley at 450 sq. ft., offer room to spread out comfortably. Enjoy contemporary design, spacious layouts with dual vanity sinks, private balconies, and convenient amenities such as wired and wireless internet access and remote guest room printing. Families will appreciate the extra space, along with cribs that are available on request.

    A variety of superb dining experiences are yours at this San Jose hotel, including exquisite steaks and chops at Spencer’s restaurant or decadent sushi at the Sushi Bar. The fitness center, swimming pool and whirlpool offer great facilities for working out and rejuvenation.

    Parking is not included in the room rate. 

    Reduced Daily Self-Parking Rate of $12.00 per day

    Reduced Overnight Self-Parking Rate of $15.00 per night

    Doubletree by Hilton Exterior



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