January 11, 1999

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
John W. Schwada Building, Room 201 (JWS/COB 201)

        The second portion of the USA-China Workshop on Advanced Machine Tool Research was recently held on January 11th 1999 at Arizona State University. This groundbreaking event, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), drew a crowd of over sixty attendees including industrial representatives from Motorola, Intel, AlliedSignal, ASML, Applied Materials, Industry Network Corp., Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies, and Deluge Inc.; and sixteen Chinese delegates.  In addition to a dozen ASU faculty members, conference attendees included faculty members from the University of Arizona, SUNY at Buffalo, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, as well as the University of Southern California.

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Dean Crouch delivers the welcome address to the delegates.

        The focus of this workshop was captured by a series of speakers who discussed the importance of global partnerships in industry and academia as we look towards our future.  Professor Ampere Tseng gave the opening remarks for the workshop, reporting that the workshop would focus on the future globalization of industry and academia.  Dean Peter Crouch of the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and Dean Larry Penley of the College of Business extended welcoming remarks to all conference attendees.  Both Deans also stressed the importance of relationships with foreign countries and their impact on Arizona State University.  Director Randall Bane, of Applied Materials, discussed the semiconductor equipment industry and the related industries which make up the semiconductor food chain.  Professor Mark Henderson, Co-Director of PRISM, reviewed the three focus areas of PRISM research:  3D Data Aquisition, Modeling & Visualization and Form Realization. 

        Professor E.D. Hirleman presented the various collaboration models of ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, some specific cases, and the future of international collaborations.The Director of Operations of Advanced Technology at AlliedSignal, Dave Lowery, explained the current AlliedSignal engines manufacturing capability and took a look at where Manufacturing is investing in advanced technology.  Dr. John Robertson, Motorola's current executive in residence at ASU as Industry Director of the Manufacturing Institute, discussed why it is in the interest of both the industry and the universities to partner to achieve their common goals.  Dr. Ming Leu of the National Science Foundation presented the closing remarks for the workshop by discussing how international technology research has become a business issue, and how business and education partnerships are becoming global.  By globalizing their focus, major universities can continue to supply corporations with graduates that have the necessary skills to compete world-wide.          

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Question and answer session with (left to right) Professor
Henderson (ASU), Dr. Robertson (Motorola), and Professor Tseng (ASU)

        After lunch at the University Club, the attendees divided themselves into three groups in order to attend the plant tours.  Each group was able to attend one of the tree following plant tours: (1)AlliedSignal - China Training Center, (2)Intel - Assembly, Packaging, and Testing of Semiconductor Facilities, and (3)ASML - Clean Room and Advanced Lithography Facilities.

    It is expected that this conference marked the beginning of a partnership between Arizona State University and several Chinese universities.  This partnership will generate various collaborations in research and education in an effort to further the international collaboration between universities.


Details of the Workshop:
General Information
Arizona State University Campus Map
Instructions for the China Delegation
Conference Schedule
Organizing Committee
City of Tempe Tourist Information

        If there are any further questions or suggestions, please send them to the Program Director, Ampere A. Tseng e-mail: ampere.tseng@asu.edu, Voice: (480) 965-8201; Fax: (480) 965-1384.

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