Applied Materials : Dr. Charlie Gay Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Applied Materials Solar President Joins Elite Group of Engineers
SANTA CLARA, California, February 14, 2013 - Applied Materials, Inc., the
market leader in solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment, today
announced that Dr. Charlie Gay, president of Applied's Solar division, has
been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for his seminal
leadership contributions to the development of the global solar PV industry.
Founded in 1964, the NAE provides engineering leadership in service to the
nation. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding
contributions to engineering research, practice, or education and is among the
highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
"We're delighted to welcome Charlie as a member of the NAE," said NAE
president Charles M. Vest. "His achievements embody our mission to provide
leadership and expertise for projects focused on relationships between
engineering, technology and quality of life."
"Charlie's life-long passion for solar energy has greatly contributed to the
industrialization of solar PV and we congratulate him on this well-deserved
recognition," said Mike Splinter, Applied Materials chairman and CEO.
"Charlie has been instrumental in driving the industry roadmap to bring down
the cost of this technology and making solar a more significant contributor to
the global energy mix."
An industry veteran with more than 35 years of solar experience, Dr. Gay's
contributions across solar energy technology, manufacturing and deployment
have helped the global solar PV market become a $50 billion industry and
enabled the cost of solar to come down by a factor of 50 since 1978. More than
85% of all solar panels manufactured in the last three decades have been made
using the groundbreaking metallization and packaging technology solutions
developed by Dr. Gay and his teams over the duration of his career.
"It is an honor to join the ranks of NAE's prestigious members, whose
innovations in engineering continue to improve our world," said Dr. Gay.
"Over the past several decades, we've seen significant technological
advancements and cost reductions in solar energy, many in the last few years
alone as we enter the zone of inflection where solar energy is now cost
competitive with residential power. There has never been a more exciting time
to influence the world's long-term energy supply."
As founder of the Greenstar Foundation, Dr. Gay has worked continuously to
apply solar technology to improve people's lives by delivering solar power to
villages in developing countries. The Greenstar model has received
recognition from international awards programs as diverse as the World Bank,
the Stockholm Challenge, the Davos Conference and the Tech Awards. More
recently, Dr. Gay was chairman of a project to electrify all the homes and
schools in the rural Shaanxi Province of China.
Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in providing
innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of
advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products.
Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and
solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around
the world. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com.
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PHOTO: Dr. Charlie Gay, president of Applied Solar
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