Veeco Co-Sponsors MBE Awards; Nominations Sought

April 29, 2008

St. Paul, MN, April 29, 2008 - Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq:VECO) will co-sponsor two major awards again in 2008 to individuals in the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) community-the Al Cho Award and the MBE Innovator Award.  Both awards recognize individuals whose innovations have significantly advanced the field of MBE. Each award consists of a monetary honorarium and an engraved plaque.


Initiated in 2003, the MBE Innovator Award is co-sponsored by Veeco Instruments Inc. and the International MBE Organization.  The Al Cho Award, initiated in 2004, is co-sponsored by Veeco Instruments Inc. and other participants within the MBE community.  The submission deadline for nominations for both awards is June 15, 2008.  More information and nomination forms can be found at .


Nominations for each award are open to all universities, government organizations or commercial companies worldwide. Nominees must have shown or are currently showing innovation in advancing MBE technology.  The International MBE Advisory Committee Officials will select each winner from the submitted nominations, with respective recipients receiving the award at the Thursday evening International MBE Conference banquet in early August.


"Year after year, we're honored to help recognize those outstanding individuals who have contributed to MBE's success to date, and to spur innovations that further expand MBE's usage.  These types of individuals are responsible for MBE's role as a critical enabling technology for compound semiconductor devices," said Jeffrey Hohn, Vice President and General Manager, Veeco MBE Operations.


The purpose of the International MBE Organization is to share the latest research discoveries in MBE and the new materials and devices based upon MBE, as well as progress in further developing MBE as a high-volume manufacturing technology.



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