MIHIR PARIKH, PhD, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asyst
Technologies, Inc. Dr. Parikh has served as Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of Asyst Technologies since July 1992. He has
been a Director of the company since he founded Asyst in 1984, and
served as Asyst's President and Chief Executive Officer from its
inception to July 1992. Previously he held management positions with
Hewlett-Packard and International Business Machines Corporation.
Minienvironment and Standard Mechanical InterFace (SMIF) technology was
first developed under his leadership at Hewlett-Packard. He was also a
recipient of the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
(SEMI) Award for North America in 1999 for his significant contributions
to the semiconductor industry. Dr. Parikh received a Doctorate in
Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Profile
TWST: Could we start with a brief overview of the history and evolution
of Asyst Technologies?
Dr. Parikh: Asyst was founded in 1984 and went public in 1993. We