The @MATEC Archives

Volume 1, Number 3 1998 ATESM Keynote Speaker
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Dr. James M. Hessler

Managing Director, Applied Global University

Applied Materials

Dr. Hessler’s professional career has been divided into two nearly equal parts. The first fifteen years were devoted to public education. As a junior high school teacher, Jim developed a computer-based instructional program to introduce the basic concepts of political sociology. The program was published by Hewlett Packard. As a district level administrator in Palo Alto, California, Jim was responsible for secondary curriculum, computer services, psychological services and lead the implementation of the district’s first minimum competency graduation requirements program.

For the last 18 years, Dr. Hessler has worked in the semiconductor equipment industry. He has managed technical product training, technical support services, a field customer service business and employee training and education. He lived in Japan for nearly two years and has worked with customers and employees in Europe, North America and Asia. For the last two years, Jim has worked with top management of Applied Materials to create an "Applied Global University" with the goal of developing the most innovative, flexible global workforce in the semiconductor equipment industry.

Dr. Hessler received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964. He earned his Master’s degree in Teaching in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Education in 1977 from Stanford University.