Nikon continues to provide support for the enrichment and advancement of women engineers, and inspire the next generation of students by sponsoring several initiatives that promote careers in STEM.
For several years, Nikon has been a proud partner of the SEMI Foundation’s SEMI HTU program, an internationally acclaimed career exploration program for high school students. HTU is a three day program that exposes students to the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through fun and interactive, hands-on activities. Last fall, Nikon sponsored the High Tech U program held at KLA-Tencor that was taught by industry volunteers. Nikon was pleased to sponsor the program by providing funding, volunteer instructors for mock job interviews, and classroom supplies for the students.
"By providing support to the SEMI HTU program, it is our goal to inspire high school students through early exposure to technology, and thereby help drive the next generation of innovators,” said Hamid Zarringhalam, Executive Vice President of Nikon Precision Inc.
In addition, Nikon backed the recent SEMI Women in Semiconductors (WiS) conference, held in conjunction with ASMC 2018 that addressed leadership skills, the power of talk and why promoting diversity in the workplace benefits everyone. The program focused on connecting more women in this industry while also driving critical discussions across genders. The interactive panel talks included topics such as moving into management, a modern take on work/life balance and the mechanics of mentoring. Past attendees at this extremely successful event ranked this dialog as one of the most relevant topics to the future of their business and the industry as a whole. Nikon is proud to sponsor this initiative.
Nikon Group companies in Japan are advocating for women in leadership roles as well. They are committed to this goal and are implementing various programs to steadily increase the roles of females in management positions. Nikon continues to proudly support next-generation and women in engineering initiatives, and helping to enable a diverse global workforce.