Dr. Dan Maydan, President Emeritus, Applied Materials, Inc., joined the company in 1980 to spearhead the development of a series of plasma etching systems. He went on to direct research, development, and engineering activities for all of Applied Materials’ plasma etch, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and epitaxial-related technologies. From 1994 to 2003, he served as President of the Company and during this time Applied became the world’s leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer. He has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 1992.
Prior to Applied Materials, Dr. Maydan spent 13 years managing new technology development at Bell Laboratories where he pioneered laser recording of data on thin-metal films and made significant advances in photolithography and vapor deposition technology for semiconductor manufacturing.
Dr. Maydan is internationally known for his research, technology and engineering accomplishments in both processing and tools for semiconductor manufacturing. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to technology and engineering. Dr. Maydan was the recipient of the first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials international (SEMI). Recognized as a leading scientist, engineer and industry pioneer during the 50th anniversary celebration of the semiconductor chip, his work is included in the Smithsonian Institution as part of its collection of breakthrough technologies, which have helped shape the modern world. He has been awarded 188 patents.
In 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003, Dr. Maydan received the prestigious Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Dr. Maydan earned his BS and MS Electrical Engineering from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and his PhD Physics from Edinburgh University. He has also been recognized with Honorary Doctorates from Technion and National Chiao Tung University, and Doctor of Honoris Causa from Edinburgh University.