The role of academia in the future of semiconductor manufacturing

D. Lopez
Pennsylvania State University,
United States


Materials and engineering shape the world around us, making the marvels of the information age possible, providing us with clean and affordable energy, and transporting us on land, sea, and air. Such remarkable engineering achievements have their foundation in the materials, mechanisms, and architectures that can be translated into devices and systems for applications. Unfortunately, the timescales and costs required to introduce, advance, and implement technologies based on new semiconductor materials and devices have increased significantly. Thus, the anticipated sustainable economic development is becoming more elusive and out of reach for many people in the U.S. and the world. A new paradigm to translate novel materials into practical technologies is required. In this presentation, I will describe how the U.S. academic ecosystem could play a ground-breaker role in this endeavor by providing access to advanced workforce development and infrastructure and coordinating multiple efforts dedicated to accelerating and improving the pace of semiconductor innovation and translation.