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Racing Around the Community

Christie Valdez | Director, Community Relations
November 19, 2015 | Community

We strive to embody Lam’s Core Values at work and in our communities, and some of our recent outreach events are a good demonstration of this dedication. From cycling to walking to racecar driving, employees from around the world have been “racing around the community” to make a difference.


Bicycling to Fund Multiple Sclerosis Research

Coming together for a good cause, Lam employees and their families and friends participated in the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s annual Bike MS Willamette Valley ride in Oregon this past summer. One of our staff engineers, who has a personal connection with the cause, acted as the captain of “Team Lam.” Along with others, he has also been raising money to help acquire a three-wheeler recumbent bike for a cycling teammate who can no longer ride his two-wheeler due to MS.

Team Lam’s captain said that the courage and optimism shown by those affected by MS – a progressive nervous system disease that affects vision, speech, muscle coordination, and other basic body functions – inspires him to be his best and do everything he can to help support the cause. He feels working to help those with MS gives him meaning, and based on the increase in employee participation from last year’s ride, others feel similarly.

Last year, Team Lam raised $16,000 with 16 riders. This year’s participation increased to 58 riders and a contribution of more than $63,000, placing our team in the top three fundraisers. In total, more than $760,000 was raised to fund research for a cure and help those impacted by MS in the Oregon and Southwest Washington areas.

For more information on the MS ride, please visit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.

Team Lam at the 2015 Bike MS Willamette Valley event


Walking to Support Children’s Care

A group of close to 80 Lam Research Singapore employees and their families participated in the Children’s Society “Walk for Our Children 2015” event. The annual walkathon raises funds to help support 10 centers that aim to bring relief and happiness to children in need and provide children’s, youth, and family services. The 3-km walk was held in collaboration with the children’s theme park KidZania Singapore along with other partners, and this year’s theme was “Celebrating Childhood! Our Memories, Our Aspirations.”

Several employees who took part in the charity walk commented that the fundraiser was a great way to contribute to the community as well as spend quality time with family and coworkers. One employee enthused that he was delighted to see our Singapore employees coming together to raise funds for disadvantaged children under the Children’s Society care. Another employee, who brought his two-year-old son to the walkathon, said that as a father himself he wanted to help the Children’s Society support families in need. The charity walk aimed to foster the spirit of giving and to encourage family bonding.

Please visit the Children’s Society website to learn more about the organization.

Singapore employees and their families at the 2015 Walk for Our Children event


Driving an Interest in STEM

Lam recently became one of the sponsors of the Cal Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) racecar program at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to financial support, the students benefit from Lam’s engineering expertise and mentorship. The team designs and builds formula-style racecars and competes against other colleges worldwide, participating in the Formula SAE Lincoln competition every summer in Nebraska.

The program brings together students from the Cal Mechanical Engineering department as well as other disciplines such as business administration, electrical engineering, and computer science. In addition to manufacturing and testing their racecar, the team must also create a business plan that includes marketing, planning, and cost evaluation. The competition then tests their engineering skills and creativity, with teams judged by experts in the industry.

The Cal Formula SAE team describes their club as a place for those who like to get their hands dirty, work hard, and learn a lot. One of our employees serves as a member on the Advisory Board for the program and sees the sponsorship as relating to our Core Value of achievement, which contributes to the success of the organization. It’s also a great way to foster ongoing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) applications.

To learn more about the program, please visit the UC Berkeley Formula SAE website.


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