May 2, 2022

Purdue’s best in microelectronics

What is the intense demand for microchips today? Looking for the latest in microelectronics research? Need someone to simply explain the difference between a microchip and a semiconductor? A variety of Purdue’s leadership, expertise and innovation in semiconductors and microelectronics is highlighted in this round-up.

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Purdue engineer focuses on the future of microelectronics now

  • Peter Bermel, the Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, is focused on rapidly developing workforce need in microelectronics for the future.
  • The demand for microelectronics, which include microchips and semiconductors, increased by 26.2% in 2021.
  • Peter Bermel and Purdue faculty are working with universities and government to prepare a workforce establishing the U.S. as a global power in microelectronics.

Our Silicon Moment

Mung Chiang, executive vice president for strategic initiatives, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, talks about entering the critical years of the U.S. semiconductor industry in a column for Forbes.

Purdue preparing now for microelectronics' next generation workforce

daniels-younkin Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Todd Younkin, Semiconductor Research Corp. president and CEO, at a recent event that highlighted the institutions’ partnership and commitments to microelectronics and advanced packaging technologies. (Purdue University photo/John Underwood) Download image
  • New innovations required to deal with the expanding use of microchips in multiple aspects of everyday life.
  • Purdue partnership with the Semiconductor Research Corp. pairs academia with industry to further microelectronics research.
  • Purdue is promoting interest now, working with students to show career possibilities and build a highly trained workforce.




Explaining microelectronics: The science behind your smart phones, cars and computers

bermel-peter Peter Bermel (Purdue University photo) Download image

Peter Bermel talks about the unrealized necessity of microelectronics in people’s lives now and in the future. The small electronic circuits are essential in a growing number of devices, including communications and global positioning systems (GPS) in the area of national security.

Want to live in the past? Purdue prof compares life without microchips to living in 1940s

Mark Lundstrom, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue, breaks down the recent microchip shortage and explores solutions. The U.S. consumes about half of the chips produced worldwide, but only manufactures 10% of them.

Purdue leads discussions, planning for the future of microelectronics

  • It’s expected that as many as 100,000 workers will be required to meet the needs of the microelectronics industry in the U.S. in the next decade.
  • As a national leader, Purdue is focused on U.S. improvement in microelectronics, including CHIRP’s creation of future innovative platforms allowing chip integration from potentially different companies.
  • Development in the SCALE workforce program will feature enhancing existing programs and hands-on training as well as adding tools such as semiconductor degrees.

Purdue takes academic lead for new Air Force research hub in the Midwest

  • AFRL Regional Research Hub – Midwest will be headquartered at Purdue.
  • Program will further research and development in the increasingly complex national security landscape, including secure microelectronics and hypersonic research.
  • Hub will develop a science and technology ecosystem across 15 states — from Ohio, west to Kansas and Nebraska and north to North Dakota.

Purdue microelectronics in the news:

Purdue committed to support microchip-manufacturing workforce

Inside Indiana Business

Purdue partners with industry for next-gen microelectronics

Government Technology

House Science debates how to boost U.S. microelectronics

Politico Morning Tech newsletter  

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