December 6, 2022

Purdue’s latest education and research partnerships are forging tomorrow’s US semiconductor workforce today

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Looking for the latest in microelectronics? Do you want to know Purdue’s newest partnerships in the field? Or do you simply need someone to 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 roundup. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Purdue expert, contact Brian Huchel,, or Evamarie Socha,

Secretaries of State, Commerce discuss efforts to build a US microelectronics ecosystem

  • Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center was visited in September by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
  • The tour highlighted the leading-edge research and workforce development efforts at Purdue that can help the United States restore domestic semiconductor manufacturing and competitiveness abroad.
  • Raimondo said: “This is what America needs: public sector working with the private sector working with universities tapping into the next generation of talent, solving problems in an interdisciplinary way.”

Economic future of U.S. depends on making engineering cool

An in-depth look by the Washington Post at Purdue University’s ongoing efforts to expand semiconductor education in order to fill expected shortcomings in the future workforce amid efforts to reestablish U.S. chip manufacturing.

Purdue launches nation’s first comprehensive Semiconductor Degrees Program

  • U.S. economic security depends on developing the talent pipeline in this vital field.
  • The program will create the next generation of semiconductor workforce to reassert American preeminence.
  • The launch allows a Purdue, Ivy Tech partnership to create curriculum, corporate training for a new microelectronics workforce.

Purdue University, GlobalFoundries work to strengthen R&D, semiconductor education

  • Partnership intensifies efforts to scale up the talent pipeline and create new depth of innovation expertise to advance U.S. semiconductor leadership.
  • November announcement underscores importance of semiconductors to global supply chains and economic security.
  • GF Labs will oversee the partnership with Purdue.
chiang-dualdegree Professor V. Kamakoti, from left, director of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Mung Chiang, Purdue University president-elect and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, exchange letters of intent signed on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of IIT Madras) Download image

Purdue partners with IIT Madras to create semiconductor dual-degree program

  • Purdue University and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) will launch a dual-degree master’s program in semiconductors.
  • The partnership involves research collaboration in semiconductor supply-chain management, chip design, packaging, system architecture and advanced manufacturing methods.
  • Purdue is home to over 2,700 students from India and has deep strategic partnerships with India and IIT Madras.

Purdue expert on building a microelectronics workforce

The demand for microelectronics, which include microchips and semiconductors, increased by 26.2% in 2021. Peter Bermel explains how the U.S. can develop a workforce to establish itself as a global power in microelectronics and keep up with this growing demand.

Discovery Park District at Purdue picked for new $1.8B semiconductor fabrication facility

  • SkyWater Technology expects 750 new jobs to be created by the facility within five years.
  • The 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is dependent upon receiving funds from the CHIPS Act.
  • SkyWater is the latest company in Discovery Park District at Purdue, joining Rolls-Royce, Saab and others.

Explaining microelectronics: the science behind your smartphones, cars and computers

Peter Bermel, the Elmore Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue, talks about the unrealized necessity of microelectronics in people’s lives now and in the future.

Purdue, global chipmaker partner on new Midwestern semiconductor design center

  • The center marks a commitment to addressing society’s increasing semiconductor demands and needed talent pool.
  • The design center will be MediaTek’s first location in the Midwest.
  • Collaborations on artificial intelligence research and communications chip design are still in the works.

Purdue preparing now for microelectronics’ next-generation workforce

  • 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.

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Government Technology

House Science debates how to boost U.S. microelectronics

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