CEO Robert Akins, one of Cymer Inc.'s co-founders, has always bet on the future.
Since his days as a student at the University of California at San Diego, where he earned three degrees, Akins has held a passion for technology. His interests have served the semiconductor industry well since the early days when he and fellow UCSD student Richard Sandstrom took a gamble in 1986 and founded Cymer with only three employees.
Now the company is one of the biggest players in the industry. Its technology influences nearly all major chipmakers as Cymer's Excimer lasers are being used in deep-ultraviolet photolithography systems, which in turn are placed into cameras, computers and iPods. Just to make sure that the pursuit and development of tomorrow's technological advancements aren't waylaid, Cymer donated $175,000 to the Jacobs School of Engineering Scholars Program at UCSD earlier this year in honor of the company's 20th anniversary.
The up and down of the stock market continues. After gaining 208 points Monday, the Dow industrials fell 85 points yesterday. The focus, at least for the time being, has shifted away from global economic concerns to quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.
As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Patricia Trauth developed a deep appreciation of art from her mother, and nature from her maternal grandfather. Today, as principal landscape architect in the San Diego office of AECOM, a global interdisciplinary architecture, engineering and construction firm, she uses her artistic skills by designing public spaces with natural elements for the betterment of the public.
Jody Watkins, president and CEO of Watkins Landmark Construction, talks about business fluctuations in the construction industry and outlines his goals for growing his firm.