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Project Synopsis

R&D cost is the biggest spend for companies, specially in tech sector. How much should a firm invest in R&D in markets where it has high/ medium/ low market share. Create a model to have a benchmark that gives a comparative relationship between market share and R&D spend


  • Applied Materials, 974 E Arques Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085


  • Some understanding of Semiconductor Equipment manufacturing industry
  • Knowledge of Applied materials and its competitors (Business, Market Share, Revenues, Gross Margin, Operating Expenses and Net Income)
  • Analytical decision modeling


  • Inside of executive decision making process
  • Learn how to allocate limited resources based on market positioning
  • Create a benchmarking model for businesses to adopt

Project Topics

Data Management

Growth Strategy



Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Research & Development

Company Information

CompanyApplied Materials
StageLarge Enterprise
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview

We are the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.43 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

  • March 1, 2020 - Pre- read

    Before on-site interaction, students are expected to have some understanding of Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing industry.Students can use public resources like Applied and its competitors’ 10k, Annual report, and Gartner’s market research for WFE (Semiconductor Wafer Fab Equipment industry)The financials (Revenue, Gross Margin, Operating Expenses, R&D investments, Market Share, Profitability) for Applied & its competitors should be available to studentsEstimated Time Investment: 6 -8 hrs.

  • March 2, 2020 - Data Collection and on-site interviews

    Collect all the information required for Benchmarking and data modelling. We will help set-up interviews with stakeholders and help provide all required data.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Review data set and interview feedbacks with Project co-ordinators

  • March 3, 2020 - Working Path and model strawman

    Dissect data and create the first draft of Benchmark model. Expectation is to have a first draft ready with proposed model ideas. Review with stakeholders and get their feedback on direction and validation of the solution.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    1st draft review of benchmark model by EoD

  • March 4, 2020 - Gaps, iterations, and storyline

    Day 3 should be used to plug in the gaps in data/ research based on Day 2 feedback. Also, the storyline for Executive presentation should be ready

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Review power point deck/ excel model / tableau dashboard (if required) with coordinators and get final feedback

  • March 5, 2020 - Final Deliverable

    Present to Applied Materials’ senior executives. Students should be prepared to answer counter questions on methodology, data used, sample set and proposed recommendations.

    Suggested Deliverable:

    Create a power point/ tableau deck with storyline: Problem Statement -> Why we need to solve this? -> What does data suggest? -> Proposed solution/ model -> Suggestions/ Recommendations

Project Resources

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Industry Mentors

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Academic Mentors


Alice Obermiller

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Assigned Students

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