Fall 2023 San Jose Mini-Conference

November 10th

Micron Technology, Inc.

Join us at Micron in San Jose for 1 day of educational content that only SESHA can provide!

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 Topic Speaker Start Stop Duration
Registration 8:30 AM 3:00 PM 4:30
Coffee & Pastries Sponsored by Edwards 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 1:00
Welcome Jay McCroskey, SESHA President 9:30 AM 9:35 AM 0:05
PFAS Regulatory Update Will Wagner, Sr. Associate at Arnold & Porter 9:35 AM 10:15 AM 0:40
PFAS and the Semiconductor Industry Laurie Beu, Laurie S. Beu Consulting 10:15 AM 10:55 AM 0:40
IBM’s PFACTs and other Initiatives Daniel P. Sanders, Ph.D., IBM Senior Manager and Principal Research Scientist 10:55 AM 11:25 AM 0:30
SEMI Standards Update Kevin Nguyen, SEMI Standards Manager 11:25 AM 11:55 AM 0:30
Lunch Sponsored by BSI 11:55 AM 12:25 PM 0:30
PFAS in Articles: Applied Materials Benjamin Gross, PhD., Applied Materials, Chemist, Sustainability COE 12:25 PM 12:55 PM 0:30
PFAS: The Material Supplier Perspective Mary Majors, EMD 12:55 PM 1:25 PM 0:30
PFAS: Edwards perspective on vacuum pumps and F-gas abatement Chris Jones, Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager – Edwards Vacuum 1:25 PM 1:55 PM 0:30
A Manufacturer’s Approach to PFAS Dawn Graunke, Intel 1:55 PM 2:25 PM 0:30
PFAS Roundtable Discussion 2:25 PM 2:55 PM 0:30
Closing Remarks & Adjourn 2:55 PM 3:00 PM 0:05

Speaker Bios

Will Wagner
Will Wagner focuses his practice on consumer product defense, regulatory compliance, and lobbying consumer product issues in California. Particularly, his practice centers on defending and advising companies on California’s unique Proposition 65 law. He represents personal care product manufacturers, food and beverage producers, garment and accessory companies, and other companies in lawsuits relating to Prop 65 chemicals of concern—heavy metals, acrylamide, asbestos, PFOA, BPA, titanium dioxide, hexavalent chromium, DEHP (and other regulated phthalates), styrene, formaldehyde gas, and many more.

Mr. Wagner also defends consumer product companies against allegations of false and misleading label and advertising claims, including actions brought under California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and Unfair Competition Law (UCL). His experience includes defending companies against putative or threatened class action lawsuits based on PFAS, greenwashing claims, nonfunctional slack-fill allegations, and claims relating to the purity of a product.

In the regulatory compliance arena, Mr. Wagner regularly advises on issues relating to product formulation, centering on the proliferation of PFAS laws and regulations, as well as Prop 65 product compliance and risk mitigation. He has broad experience navigating California laws and regulations that impact consumer product companies, including advising companies in connection with California’s regulation of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act, the Safe Cosmetics Act, the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, and the Organic Products Act.

Finally, Mr. Wagner is a registered lobbyist in California, focusing on legislation that impacts product companies.

Laurie Beu
Laurie Beu is a consultant to the semiconductor industry in the area of environmental policy, strategy, and management. She has led semiconductor industry technical programs to address process greenhouse gas emissions and chemical concerns. She currently leads the SIA Semiconductor PFAS Consortium, Semiconductor Onium PAG Consortium, and chemicals/TSCA technical working group.

Laurie began her professional career in environmental compliance, then led efforts in Motorola’s Advanced Products Research & Development Laboratory to address environmental concerns during process development proactively.

She has worked to reduce semiconductor process GHG emissions for over 30 years. Laurie led efforts to develop accurate emissions estimating methods and evaluate the technical feasibility and cost-effectiveness of various GHG emissions reduction technologies. 

Ms. Beu is a Lead Author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2019 Refinement to the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories electronics chapter and the 2006 chapter and, as a member of the IPCC, shares in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Laurie is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, an SESHA Fellow, and a recent recipient of SESHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dan Sanders
Dan Sanders received a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1996 and Master’s degree in Macromolecular Science in 1999, both from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH). He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) working in the lab of Prof. Robert H. Grubbs. In 2004, he joined IBM’s Almaden Research Center as a Research Staff Member and is currently, a Principal Research Staff Member and Senior Manager in charge of the Materials Discovery department at IBM Research – Almaden. As part of IBM Research’s Accelerated Discovery strategy, Dan’s organization seeks to apply informatics, simulation, Artificial Intelligence, and advanced lab automation to speed the discovery of new sustainable materials and apply these techniques to pertinent use cases of relevance for IBM and the world. Currently, his department is working on advanced battery materials and sustainable materials for semiconductor fabrication, including the development of AI-tools for the design of replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen is the Manager of International Standards Operations for SEMI.  He also manages several Standards Committees including EH&S, Silicon Wafer, Microlithography, Compound Semiconductor Materials for over 20 years at SEMI.  He also supports the SEMI Europe Standards region.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from UC Davis.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and travelling.

Mary Majors
Mary Majors is a Global Product Sustainability Manager for EMD Electronics, a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Her main areas of focus include sustainability, risk assessment, product stewardship, and regulatory compliance. She has over twenty years of experience in the chemical industry in both commercial and product stewardship functions.  

Mary actively engages in a range of collaborative activities within the semiconductor industry focused on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) as well as sustainability including chairing the SEMI Sustainability Advisory Council, and as member of the SIA Chemicals Committee.  She is a long-standing member of SESHA and is a SESHA Fellow.  She has also presented at various industry meetings and conferences on the topics of product stewardship, risk assessment of chemical products, and global chemical control regulations.

Chris Jones
With a Ph.D. in chemistry and nearly four decades of dedication to Research and Development and Environmental Protection, Chris has been creating solutions for industries ranging from semiconductor and nuclear to military and pharmaceutical. He’s crafted methods to keep our air and water clean and is currently Edwards’ Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager. Always eager to share his knowledge, Chris is passionate about helping fab owners grasp their operations’ local and global environmental impacts. He’s genuinely committed to a greener future!

Dawn Graunke
Dawn has over 35 years of EHS experience. She’s held various positions in the EH&S field and currently manages Intel’s global supply chain sustainability regulatory group out of AZ.   Her team works to ensure Intel’s supply chain is compliant with all global chemical regulatory requirements and that they are meeting their sustainability commitments. Prior to this, Dawn was on assignment at International SEMATECH where she project-managed various global chemical initiatives and the ESH assessments of new materials and processes for advanced technologies. She has also managed Fab construction safety projects from the design phase & tool installation to de-install and demolition and held site Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety positions. Dawn has a B.S. degree from Tulane University and a M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a certified Industrial Hygienist and Safety Professional and past president of the Semiconductor Environmental, Safety & Health Association (SESHA) and served numerous years on the BOD.   Dawn enjoys spending time with her family (husband & twin 13-year old girls); she also likes to camp, spend time on the beach, fish, and do anything outdoors!!!



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