Chiang in Forbes: ‘Human fabs for silicon fabs’
In August and September, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks all visited Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, writes Purdue President-elect Mung Chiang in a recent Forbes article. He notes that a recurrent theme of these trips was semiconductors.
Pointing to Purdue’s leadership in semiconductor talent development as an example, Chiang states: “It took over two years from conception to passage of the CHIPS bill. Now that the Silicon Moment is seized, it’s time for the hard part: to execute well. There’s a role for American universities: to co-generate talent, careers, and knowledge.”
Chiang outlines challenges discussed at Purdue’s first Semiconductor Degrees Leadership Board meeting: how to scale, how to attract students, and how to provide hands-on learning that reflects the rapidly evolving industry.
“The CHIPS Act helps to level the playing field as a catalyst, but successful on-shoring of the semiconductor supply chain can only sustain if American universities and companies innovate the technology so much that the economics is redefined,” Chiang writes.
Read the entire piece here: ‘Human fabs for silicon fabs’