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MOCA Spotlight Series continues on Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 P.M. EST / 3:30 P.M. PST. Each month, this intimate virtual conversation will highlight the timely and distinctive narrative of a Chinese American icon and friend of MOCA. Through this conversation, MOCA hopes to shed light on the distinctive yet universal American journeys of these luminaries, touching upon key moments of personal trial and stratospheric success, all within a casual, inviting, and inspiring format.

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, MOCA Spotlight Series is honored to present as our next featured speaker, the inspiring Dr. David K. Lam. As the founder of Lam Research Corporation, Dr. Lam is an entrepreneurial legend in Silicon Valley. As its first CEO, he guided the successful development and launch of his eponymous company’s plasma etch system, a critical production equipment in the 1980s that ushered the “submicron” era in chip-making. In 1984, he became the first Asian-American CEO to take a company public on the NASDAQ exchange.

Dr. Lam continues to leverage his experience, expertise and network to assist other high technology enterprises, serving as director and guiding young ventures to successful outcomes. He currently devotes most of his time to Multibeam Corporation, a world leader in Multicolumn Electron-Beam Lithography (MEBL) technology. As its Chairman & CEO, Dr. Lam has led Multibeam to transform its technology into equipment for use in production fabs and guided the development of unique applications at industry inflections. Among the benefits enabled by the MEBL system are: dramatic cost reduction for low-volume IC production with no use of masks; inscribing, i.e., hardcoding, chip-specific information inside each IC during fabrication to combat IC counterfeiting; low-cost production of large-format interposers for advanced packaging; and other emerging applications.

Dr. Lam earned Doctoral and Master degrees in chemical engineering from M.I.T. as well as a Bachelor degree in engineering physics from the University of Toronto. Widely recognized by his peers as a key contributor to the growth of the semiconductor industry, he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame in 2013.

Dr. Lam has a remarkable story to tell and we cannot wait to share it with you. We look forward to your participation, and to sharing this and many more exemplary stories of the Chinese in America.

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May 5, 2021
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March 2020. We’ve been converting our programs to online offerings and creating new digital content through multiple platforms, always free of charge—because history matters. We are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. We hope you’ll consider making a gift to become part of a continuing lifeline for MOCA. No amount is too little and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Your contribution helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to more communities.


This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.