James C. Morgan has served as our Chairman Emeritus since March 2009. Mr. Morgan spent more than 31 years as a director and employee of Applied, including over 20 years as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Morgan first joined Applied in 1976 and served as Chief Executive Officer from 1977 to 2003. As Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Morgan does not have voting rights and does not receive any retainer or meeting fees.
CTO and Senior VP of Applied Materials
President of Applied Ventures
Dr. Omkaram (Om) Nalamasu is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Applied Materials, Inc. He brings extensive experience and passion to the role of CTO, where he leads the development of disruptive products to address new markets and businesses in partnership with the broader technology ecosystem. He has built a world-class team to support Applied’s leadership in materials engineering. He also serves as president of Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital fund of Applied Materials, where he oversees strategic investments in early- and growth-stage companies.
A world-renowned expert in materials science and one of our industry’s most respected forward-thinkers, Dr. Nalamasu has championed a renewed focus on Applied’s global innovation culture through various internal development programs and open innovation methods. He has solidified strategic relationships with universities, government organizations and research institutes around the world.
Dr. Nalamasu joined Applied in 2006 after serving as an NYSTAR Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he also served as vice president of research. He has held key research and development leadership positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Bell Laboratories/Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems, Inc., and was director of Bell Laboratories' Nanofabrication Research Laboratory, MEMS and Waveguides Research, and Condensed Matter Physics organizations.
His research interests include nanomanufacturing, nanopatterning, electronic and photonic materials, and lithography, with special emphasis on applying patterning and materials expertise for device fabrication for electronics, photonics and energy applications.
Dr. Nalamasu has made seminal contributions to the fields of optical lithography and polymeric materials science and technology. He has received numerous awards, authored more than 180 papers, review articles and books, and holds more than 120 worldwide issued patents.
In 2017, Dr. Nalamasu was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for technical innovation spanning materials development, atomically controlled thin-film fabrication, and commercialization in microelectronics and energy generation and storage. He is a member of the board of directors of The Tech Museum in Silicon Valley and serves on several national and international advisory boards. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
L. Rafael Reif is the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As the Institute’s seventeenth president, since 2012, he has fostered the growth of MIT’s nonprofit online platform edX and helped MIT pioneer the role that online learning and credentials play in shaping the future of higher education. He also created the MIT Innovation Initiative; established the Environmental Solutions Initiative, the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab; issued the MIT Plan for Action on Climate Change; and launched the Engine, a “tough tech” accelerator. Additionally, at MIT he is focused on the Kendall Square Initiative, a redevelopment plan powered by MIT; the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab; the MIT Quest for Intelligence; and the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, the most significant reshaping of the institute since the 1950s. Dr. Reif has been a member of MIT’s electrical engineering faculty since 1980. He holds a BS from the University of Carabobo (Venezuela) and an MS and PhD from Stanford University.
Advisor from Applied Materials Board of Directors
Professor at the University of Michigan
Stephen R. Forrest holds faculty appointments as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as Professor of Physics, and as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, and leads the University’s Optoelectronics Components and Materials Group. From January 2006 to December 2013, Dr. Forrest also served as Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan. From 1992 to 2005, Dr. Forrest served in a number of positions at Princeton University, including Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, Director of the Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials, and director of the National Center for Integrated Photonic Technology. Prior to Princeton, Dr. Forrest was a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering and Materials Science Departments at the University of Southern California. Dr. Forrest joined the Applied Materials board of directors in 2008.
Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos is the University of California Berkeley's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He is also the Director Emeritus of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, founding director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), and a founder of two prominent nanotechnology companies, Nanosys, Inc., and Quantum Dot Corp, now a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of Dr. Alivisatos' scientific career. His research accomplishments include studies of the scaling laws governing the optical, electrical, structural, and thermodynamic properties of nanocrystals. He developed methods to synthesize size- and shape-controlled nanocrystals, and for preparing branched, hollow, nested, and segmented nanocrystals. In his research, he has demonstrated key applications of nanocrystals in biological imaging, renewable energy, and electronic displays, including the widely used quantum dot television technology. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Molecular Foundry, a U.S. Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center; and was the facility's founding director. He was an early and prominent advocate for both the US National Nanotechnology Initiative and the US National BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. He is the founding editor of Nano Letters, a leading scientific publication of the American Chemical Society in nanoscience.
Dr. Alivisatos has previously been recognized for his accomplishments with awards such as the Dan David Prize, the US National Medal of Science, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the Wilhelm Exner Medal, the Welch Award in Chemistry, the Spiers Memorial Award, Axion Award, the Von Hippel Award, the Linus Pauling Medal, Computation and Engineering’s Nanoscience Prize, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Eni Award for Energy and Environment, Colloid and Surface Chemistry Award, Coblentz Award for Molecular Spectroscopy and the Thomas Wilson Memorial Prize.
He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the US National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Alivisatos received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1981 from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986.
Adjunct Professor at Stanford University
Steve Blank is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and a Senior Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School. He founded or was an early employee of eight startups in supercomputers, enterprise software, high performance graphics, military intelligence and two microprocessor companies; Zilog and MIPS.
Blank is credited with creating the current generation of modern innovation and entrepreneurship methods. His book the Four Steps to the Epiphany and his Customer Development methodology was the foundation of the Lean Startup movement. His Lean LaunchPad curriculum developed at Stanford was adopted by the National Science Foundation as I-Corps - designed to support the commercialization of “deep technologies,” - those revolving around fundamental discoveries in science and engineering. I-Corps teaches principal investigators how to reduce the time and risk associated with translating promising ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. I-Corps uses Blank’s curriculum for experiential learning of customer and industry discovery, coupled with first-hand investigation of industrial processes, to quickly assess the translational potential of inventions. The goal is to bridge the skill and knowledge gap associated with the transformation of basic research into “deep technology ventures.” NSF I-Corps is now taught in 98 colleges and universities.
Blank tailored the I-Corps curriculum for life sciences for the National Institute of Health where it’s now taught in the National Cancer Institute and developed and taught a version for Imperial College in synthetic biology. He also co-created a version for the National Security Agency now taught throughout the Intelligence Community.
Blank also co-created the Hacking for X curriculum where students in research universities work on national problems. Versions include; Hacking for Diplomacy, Hacking for Oceans and Hacking for Defense – now in 40 universities sponsored by the Department of Defense.
Mr. Blank has testified several times before the House Science and Technology subcommittee. He is on the Defense Business Board and advises other parts of the National Security establishment.
His research interests include innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurial cultures, translational innovation, ambidextrous organizations, and technology transitions in the commercial and defense ecosystems.
He has received numerous awards, authored three books, and has written for several publications including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc, IEEE Spectrum, NikkeiBP, War On the Rocks and the People’s Daily.
Blank has given six commencement speeches. National Public Radio (NPR) selected the Philadelphia University speech as one of the 300 best commencement speeches in the last 300 years.
Professor at Stanford University
Steven Chu is a Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, and the Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published papers in atomic physics, polymer physics, biophysics, molecular biology, medical imaging, nanoparticle synthesis, batteries and other applications in electrochemistry.
He served as U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 through April 2013. Prior to that, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics and a B.S. in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley, holds 32 honorary degrees, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and 6 foreign Academies.
Executive Vice President at IBM
Dr. John E. Kelly III has nearly four decades of experience innovating and leading in the Information Technology industry. Throughout his distinguished career, he has held significant technical and business roles driving IBM's leadership in technologies ranging from semiconductors to supercomputers to artificial intelligence cognitive systems. A champion of IBM's technical community, he has steered IBM’s leadership in U.S. patents for the last 27 years.
In his current role, Dr. Kelly is responsible for helping to guide IBM's global technical and business success. He oversees IBM's enterprise wide Intellectual Property, Security and Privacy, its academic, industrial, and government partnerships, as well as its technical community.
Previously, Dr. Kelly served as senior vice president, Cognitive Solutions and IBM Research, where he oversaw IBM Watson, the company’s AI platform, and its AI portfolio and investments. Under his leadership, IBM expanded the specialization of IBM Watson into many domains including health, security, analytics, Internet of Things, and financial services.
Prior to this, Dr. Kelly served as senior vice president and director of IBM Research, where he expanded its global footprint across 12 laboratories in 10 countries. He and his team advanced the science of artificial intelligence through Watson, the groundbreaking system that defeated two standing Jeopardy! world champions in 2011.
Dr. Kelly joined IBM in 1980. Between 1980 and 2007, he held numerous management and technical positions related to the development and manufacturing of IBM’s advanced semiconductor technologies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has received numerous technology and leadership awards.
Dr. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Union College, and a Master of Science in physics and a Doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has also received three honorary Doctoral degrees.
Professor at the University of Waterloo
Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester in New York state. Together they paved the way toward the most intense laser pulses ever created. The research has several applications today in industry and medicine — including the cutting of a patient’s cornea in laser eye surgery, and the machining of small glass parts for use in cell phones.
Strickland was a research associate at the National Research Council Canada, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a member of technical staff at Princeton University. In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations.
Strickland was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award and a Cottrell Scholar Award. She received the Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award and the Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester. Strickland served as the president of the Optical Society (OSA) in 2013 and is a fellow of OSA, the Royal Society of Canada, and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics). She is an honorary fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering as well as the Institute of Physics. She received the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement and holds numerous honorary doctorates.
Strickland earned a PhD in optics from the University of Rochester and a B.Eng. from McMaster University.
President of Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Subra Suresh is President and Distinguished University Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He previously served as: Dean of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor at MIT; Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF); and President of Carnegie Mellon University.
In recognition of his scientific and applied research into the properties of structural, functional and biological materials, and of its impact on fundamental discoveries, industrial applications, and contributions to the understanding of human health and diseases, Suresh is among a small group of Americans elected to all three branches of the US National Academies – Engineering, Sciences, and Medicine. He has also been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and science academies in India, China, France, Germany, Spain, and awarded 18 honorary doctorate degrees. His research has led to several hundred articles, three widely adopted books, 30 patent applications, and a technology start-up. The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, conceived and launched by Suresh in 2011, has become one of the most successful programs for translating scientific research into impactful innovations. Within its first six years, I-Corps supported more than 1,200 innovation teams from 248 universities in 47 states and led to the creation of more than 577 companies.
Suresh’s honors include: the 2020 ASME Medal, the 2012 Timoshenko Medal, and the 2011 Nadai Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; election in 2018 as an Honorary Fellow of St. Hugh’s College at Oxford University; the 2015 Industrial Research Institute Medal; the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the Franklin Institute; the 2011 Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honors from the President of India; and the 2007 Gold Medal, the highest honor from the Federation of European Materials Societies, awarded for the first time to a non-European.
A graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Suresh completed his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in two years, after his M.S. degree from Iowa State University. He is currently an independent Director of the Board of HP Inc. (HPQ), the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and MatchMove Pay, a FinTech startup.