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Looking Forward To Hearing From You 2008-06-11


Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 5:07 PM

To: SEMI EHS Grapevine

Subject: Looking Forward To Hearing From You

SEMI Environmental Health & Safety Grapevine


Dear Grapevine Members,

Thank you to everyone who's emailed me with their congratulations, encouragement, and offers of support. It's great to hear from you all, and I will be taking full advantage of your expertise and experience.


For those who don't know me, name is Aaron Zude, and it is my pleasure to announce that I have joined SEMI as the Senior Director of EHS. My role, in conjunction with Sanjay Baliga, Senior Manager EHS, will be to coordinate global environmental health and safety activities and to work in conjunction with SEMI regional offices in the effective delivery of benefits to members. Such benefits include EHS issue advocacy; committee management; program development; internal and external communication, and integration of EHS activities within the member segments that SEMI serves.


By way of my background, I have over 27 years of experience in environmental, health and safety; the last 18 of which have been in the semiconductor and high technology industries. I previously managed my own consultancy - Facilities & Safety Solutions. Prior to that, I worked at Asyst Technologies, Cirrus Logic, National Semiconductor and Varian Associates.


I have had the good fortune to get to know many of you from my past participation in conference and committee activities at SESHA, SEMATECH, SIA and SEMI ICRC and Standards Committees. For those that I do not yet know, please introduce yourself at this years' Semicon West, or the next

time our paths cross.


I am also interested to hear from you about SEMI EHS activities: what works, what doesn't and how we can better provide you EHS services as SEMI member companies.


My email is AZude@SEMI.org, and my phone number is 408/943-6921.






SEMI suffers from a problem that many industry associations suffer from today. It is getting more difficult to get knowledgeable workers to participate in these committees due to loss of interest, retirements or budget cutbacks. This problem is increased by having most of the new fabs being built in Asia where there is a young workforce and a reluctance to share information.


At CGA and other Associations that I participate in, this has caused some situations where the very few that attend meetings become the "experts" who then develop standards that create problems or are in

direct conflict with current practices. Or the very few people willing to work get drafted for all the task forces while others are content to listen. This can get very frustrating for task force leaders and is the

reason for many to lose interest. One process that seems to get more participation are the task forces

that are setup for a single item like REACH. People can better understand the value and goals of the task force. The standing committees today have less participation.

Eugene Ngai