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Press Release Date 
Thursday, October 18, 2007
(SAN JOSE, Calif.) Oct. 18, 2007 - The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the country|!s premier science and technology museums, has named Lee Wilkerson Executive Director for The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc.. Wilkerson will be responsible for managing The Tech Museum Awards program, including the annual Awards Gala, as well as overseeing marketing and outreach to enhance the Program|!s international visibility and impact. Wilkerson is on assignment at The Tech from Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT), the globalleader in nanomanufacturing technology solutions and The Tech Award|!s presenting sponsor. Throughout her 17 years at Applied Materials, Wilkerson has held various executive positions in sales, marketing and management. Most recently, she managed a global team of more than 200 sales and operations staff in Europe, Asia and North America. "Through Applied Materials" involvement with this program, I|!ve had the opportunity to meet some of the Laureates and learn more about the life-changing impact their work is having on people and the environment," said Wilkerson. "I am delighted to have the opportunity to apply my skills and experience toward expanding international awareness of and participation in The Tech Museum Awards, and to know the program is encouraging new innovations that will change the lives of millions of people worldwide for the better." The Tech Museum Awards, now in its seventh year, annually recognizes 25 individuals worldwide who are applying technology to benefit humanity in five categories: education, equality, environment, health and economic development. This year, Laureates were selected from hundreds of nominations sent in from 68 countries. All of the Laureates are currently showcased at The Tech in San Jose and featured on The Tech Award|!s official Web site, In addition, one Laureate in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize, announced during the annual Awards Gala, which takes place November 7th, 2007. "The Tech Museum Awards has become such an important international recognition program that the time is right to bring on a strong executive director to take it to another level," said Peter Friess, President of The Tech. "Both the museum and the Awards will benefit by having an experienced leader at the helm of this program." About The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity The Tech Museum Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., is one of the premier annual humanitarian awards programs in the world, recognizing and supporting solutions that benefit humanity and address some of the most critical issues facing our planet and its people. The Laureates (individuals, for-profit, public and not-for-profit organizations) recognized by the Program each year must demonstrate: the use of technology to significantly improve the human condition in one of the five areas; evidence that a serious problem or challenge with broad significance is addressed by this use of technology; a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions; a novel application that represents a breakthrough or a creative adaptation of an existing technology; the potential for this use of technology to serve as an inspiration or model for others. Laureates are selected by a prestigious panel of international judges organized by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, and made up of Santa Clara University faculty as well as leaders from educational and research institutions, industry and the public sector around the world. For more information about The Tech Museum Awards, visit About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California - the Capital of Silicon Valley - its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit CONTACTS: Lisa Croel The Tech Museum of Innovation (408) 795-6219 Analisa Schelle Ogilvy PR (415) 677-2721