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Rogue Valley Microdevices Advocates for STEM Education and Workforce Diversity at SEMICON West 2018

CEO speaks at Smart Workforce Pavilion; company brings Oregon high school robotics team to its booth, #2029

/EIN News/ -- SAN FRANCISCO, July 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rogue Valley Microdevices, a full-service precision MEMS foundry specializing in biomedical device manufacturing, will engage in SEMI’s Smart Workforce Pavilion — a three-day conference track exploring the complexities of developing, attracting and retaining a diverse STEM-educated workforce — during SEMICON West, July 10-12, 2018, Moscone Center, San Francisco. The company will also introduce members of Team TNT, a FIRST Tech Challenge high school robotics team that recently competed in the World Championships, to SEMICON West attendees.

Team TNT's robot
Team TNT’s FIRST Tech Challenge robot will be at Booth 2029 during SEMICON West.


“It’s imperative that companies of all sizes get involved in programs that will inspire the next generation’s engineers,” said Jessica Gomez, CEO and co-founder, Rogue Valley Microdevices. “Supporting STEM education in your own community is one way to accomplish that, and it’s why we are so excited to bring members of Southern Oregon’s own Team TNT to Moscone Center for SEMICON West. In addition to attending SEMI Foundation’s amazing High Tech U during the event, Team TNT members will showcase their robot at the Smart Workforce Pavilion and at our booth.”

Gomez espouses equal passion for recruiting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce, noting that just a small percentage of the chemical engineers on which her foundry depends are women, and even smaller percentages are racially diverse. “It’s hard to imagine that just 16.9% of chemical engineers in the U.S. are women,” said Gomez. “Racial disparities are even more staggering, with African Americans representing just 1.7% of chemical engineers. For Hispanics/Latinos, it is 4.1%, and Asians comprise 7% of chemical engineers in the U.S. We need a workforce that is more representative of the population at large because women and people of different cultures and races enrich the companies in which they work. By fostering workforce diversity, we achieve greater innovation and resiliency.”

Gomez is participating in the Smart Workforce Pavilion: Smart Communications: Data of Diversity on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m., and Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent on Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 a.m.

Gomez will also introduce members of Team TNT at the Smart Workforce Pavilion: FIRST Robotics for High School Students: Insights from a World Championship Team, Wednesday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m.

On the Show Floor
Rogue Valley Microdevices will be in Booth 2029 during SEMICON West exhibition hours. The company will also demonstrate Team TNT’s robot. To schedule a meeting, please email: sales@roguevalleymicro.com.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/d5c81e02-7f95-46e3-bdce-d66c8b1a859e

About Rogue Valley Microdevices
Rogue Valley Microdevices is a full-service precision MEMS foundry that combines state-of-the-art process modules with the engineering expertise to go seamlessly from custom design to manufacturing. Specializing in MEMS and biomedical device manufacturing — including microfluidics and lab-on-chip platforms — Rogue Valley Microdevices offers a flexible equipment set and smaller batch sizes, playing a critical role in the commercial MEMS manufacturing ecosystem.

Rogue Valley Microdevices also maintains the broadest and most comprehensive set of wafer services commercially available — with over 50 unique dielectric and conductive thin films and all services performed in its own class 100 cleanroom. For more information, please visit: www.roguevalleymicrodevices.com and follow us on Twitter: @RVMicrodevices.

About SEMICON West
SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, hosts SEMICON West 2018, the flagship U.S. event for connecting the electronics manufacturing supply chain. SEMICON West will take place July 10-12, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit: http://www.semiconwest.org/

Rogue Valley Microdevices and the Rogue Valley Microdevices logo are registered trademarks of Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc. All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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