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U.S. Universities Building New Semiconductor Workforce

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Ohio State University students (from left) Caleb Mallory and Jayne Griffith, with manager of nanofabrication Aimee Price, and Columbus State Community College student Chris Staudt.

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U.S. universities are training next-generation semiconductor engineers and technicians to fill the jobs needed for the CHIPS Act, signed by President Biden in August 2022, to succeed. Institutions are overhauling their semiconductor-related curricula and entering into partnerships with one another and with industry to train future chipmakers.

Purdue University Professor Peter Bermel estimates the chip industry will require at least 50,000 new hires in the next five years.

Intel committed $50 million to 80 universities and community colleges to improve their curricula, train and hire faculty, supply equipment, and offer internships, guidance, and research opportunities.

Purdue has launched an interdisciplinary Semiconductor Degrees Program to offer undergraduate and graduate students various options for acquiring chipmaking skills, and this year will initiate a program to train students for the SkyWater Technology chip foundry.

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