Keeping up with the demand for engineers as the U.S. semiconductor chip industry expands
Increasing reliance on companies in other countries for semiconductor chips used in advanced electronics led the U.S. Congress to pass the CHIPS and Science Act to bring more chip manufacturing into the country. That endeavor is gaining steam with the help of ASU, particularly through the Fulton Schools. New programs in the university’s MacroTechnology Works research facility and a semiconductor processing graduate program are among efforts to provide the country’s manufacturing sector the highly trained workforce it requires, says Kyle Squires, dean of the Fulton Schools. Michael Kozicki, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical engineering, points to the move of the world’s leading chip manufacturer to Phoenix and ASU’s plans to produce the skilled engineers the company needs.