Celebrating 50 years of the Semiconductor Industry in Singapore

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It was a significant and memorable evening on 14 November 2018, when 1,000 members of the Singapore semiconductor community gathered at the Ritz Carlton for Semicon50 - a gala dinner organized by the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) to mark the industry’s 50th anniversary in Singapore - to celebrate industry achievements and recognize the effort of those past and present who made these accomplishments possible.

Micron’s presence in Singapore was established 20 years ago through its acquisition of Texas Instruments. Today, Micron in Singapore employs more than 8,000 team members, some of whom have been with the organization since Texas Instruments’ early days. Tapping on its long history and sizeable talent pool, Micron was privileged to contribute human interest stories to the commemorative initiatives by SSIA and Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), including a commemorative video, media features and a radio talk show.

Here’s a sneak peek into the Micron personalities whose stories whose stories were captured in the commemorative video and showcased at the Semicon50 dinner as part of the celebrations.

Our Pioneers

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Esther Ng (left) and Alice Low have been working at the Bendemeer facility since 1969.

Esther and Alice started as line trainers, training new operators in assembly operations. Esther recounts the time when she first started in the semiconductor industry: “All the jobs were carried out manually. This included alloying, bonding and inspection. Things have changed at the speed of light.”

Through the years, Esther and Alice took up clerical roles and were given the opportunity for further studies in Singapore’s Institute of Education. Esther obtained a Certificate in Office Skills, and Alice, a Certificate in Mechatronics as part of their further studies. “I like to learn. I go further and I want to ask a lot of questions from my teachers and engineers. That is how I progress and learn,” said Alice.

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Seow Boon Quey, former Fab 10W Director, brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the industry and continues to be a consultant with Micron.

Also featured in the Semicon50 video was former Fab 10W Director Seow Boon Quey. Boon Quey started out with Texas Instruments in 1977, playing an active role in the early years of the Singapore semiconductor industry.

“I joined the semiconductor industry in 1977 and my first job was a product engineer. In those days, I think the Singapore Prime Minister had a dream that we will have 25 wafer fabs here. I was very motivated by that because it would create jobs for the next generation. The future is what we create of it. We did not stay stagnant - we grew and we changed. What differentiates us is really our people.”

Throughout her career, Boon Quey held positions of increasing responsibility in quality, product engineering, systems, human resources, procurement and facilities. She is passionate about Big Data and, during her role as Fab10W director, initiated the Big Data Program to initiate big data analytics and data since in Micron’s manufacturing processes.

Our Leaders of Today and the Future Generation

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Thong Chee Meng (left) and Paxton Chia are part of Micron’s mentorship program which aims to develop the next generation of leaders.

Investing in people is integral to Micron’s core values and the company’s scholar mentorship program is an example of how Micron encourages its current leadership to develop the next generation of leaders. Director of Process and Equipment Engineering, Thong Chee Meng, and Paxton Chia, a Process and Equipment Engineer, were both Micron scholarship holders. Having been a beneficiary of Micron’s scholar mentorship program, things have come full circle for Chee Meng as he now plays big brother to Paxton, a fresh graduate who is just starting out on his career.

“There is so much more that the new generation can do and they can expand beyond their own mental impression of their horizon. They need to be a lot more plugged in, and have the energy and drive to bring forward and link up the industry; looking at it as an integrated ecosystem,” said Chee Meng

“What Chee Meng shared with me are his experiences and examples of how he categorizes his work. This has made me more enlightened on how best to arrange my time and focus on the more important things,” said Paxton.