AMD, Southwest Texas State University Launch New Tool in Campaign to Provide Industry-Specific Training
--AMD Contributes $142,000 to Southwest Texas State University for Purchase of X-ray Device Used in Training Students for Semiconductor Manufacturing--
AUSTIN, TX --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Southwest Texas State University (SWT) in San Marcos today flipped the switch on a new X-ray diffraction device located at the university, which will be used to train students on how to analyze the quality of silicon wafers and deposited films used in semiconductor manufacturing. AMD uses a similar device in the company's manufacturing process.
AMD provided SWT with $142,000 toward the purchase of the machine plus seven AMD Athlon™ processor-based computers and other tools to support the device. The contribution is part of AMD's on-going partnerships with area educational institutions to develop the workforce of the future. Bede Scientific Inc., the manufacturer of the $302,500 X-ray device, contributed $65,500 toward the purchase. SWT contributed the remaining cost.
"Training students on actual, production-specific tools creates the shortest step between graduation and employment in the semiconductor manufacturing industry," said Gary Heerssen, group vice president, Wafer Fabrication Group. "We are pleased to be able to assist the university with the purchase of this device. This strategic investment in education benefits not only AMD but the entire Central Texas community."
"The university is grateful for its cooperative relationship with AMD," said SWT President Jerome Supple. "Such relationships between higher education and industry allow universities to include specialized training that benefits local employers as well as providing students state-of-the-art training and a more direct route to employment."
The X-ray diffraction tool is housed in the university's Physics Department. Students learn to use the machine to examine the quality and characteristics of the wafers used in the manufacture of semiconductors. The students then have the opportunity to apply for internships at AMD working at a similar machine and learning other aspects of the manufacturing environment. This cooperative effort between AMD and SWT offers students the opportunity to learn theory and application in an educational setting using industry-specific and job-specific tools, as well as on-the-job training.
AMD has a long history of supporting educational institutions from kindergarten through the university level. AMD focuses its corporate giving on education, basic human needs and community enhancement. AMD's goal is to improve the quality of life in the Central Texas area as well as other sites around the world where AMD has major facilities.