Nikon focuses on supporting next-generation engineering programs and the advancement of women in technology by sponsoring several initiatives that prioritize efforts promoting high tech careers.
Nikon is a proud partner of the SEMI Foundation’s, SEMI High Tech U (HTU) program, a three-day career exploration program for students 15–17 years of age. HTU exposes students to the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through fun and interactive, hands-on activities. Last year, Nikon sponsored the High Tech U program held at KLA-Tencor on November 10, 2016 that was taught by industry volunteers. Nikon was pleased to provide funding, volunteer instructors for mock job interviews, and classroom supplies for the students.
Nikon also sponsors the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) scholarship supporting the advancement of women heading into technology careers. The scholarship is entitled the IEEE Frances B. Hugle Memorial Engineering Scholarship, honoring the memory of a distinguished engineer. Nikon has contributed toward this scholarship fund to encourage young women to pursue their career interests in engineering.
Additionally, at this year’s SEMI ASMC conference, Nikon backed the Women in Semiconductors event that addressed ‘The Power of Talk: Getting a Seat at the Table.' The program focused on effective communication skills in a male-dominated industry, who gets heard and why. The interactive discussion included dynamics of gender styles, managing biases, and negotiating to win. Attendees at ASMC 2016 attendees ranked this dialog as one of the most relevant topics to the future of their business and the industry as a whole. Nikon is pleased to sponsor this event.
Nikon recognizes the importance of educating next-generation engineers and expanding women's roles in technology to better our society. We are honored to provide continual support to next-generation and women in engineering initiatives.