JUNE 17-19, 2024

Workforce Development Programming

TechConnect aims to raise student and educator awareness from all backgrounds - community college, undergraduate, and graduate - across all regions about the semiconductor industry and associated career opportunities, in light of the $52 billion dollar investment by the US government in the CHIPS act. There will be various programs for students and educators to explore career pathways and opportunities related to expansion of a domestic semiconductor workforce to operate the new and expanded facilities as determined as critical to meeting the goals of the CHIPS Incentives program.

Applications are now closed

Travel grant funding is now available to community college/undergraduate students and educators to attend this event.

Bunnysuits and more: career panel for community college/technical college educators and students

Representatives of semiconductor companies and training programs will discuss the opportunity space for technician/inspector employment in the microelectronics industry, skillset required, opportunities for reskilling and upskilling. Areas covered will include how associate degree programs, occupational certificates, and technical education programs, among others, can be used to meet workforce development needs.

Bunnysuits and more: career panel for four-year institution and graduate students

Representatives of semiconductor companies and internship programs will discuss career opportunities for engineers and scientists in the microelectronics industry, background and training required, opportunities for growth and development.

Additional events that will be held:

  1. Tutorial on the semiconductor industry - What is it? What kind of technologies does it employ? What kind of skills does it employ? Why CHIPS act?
  2. Career opportunities/training/internship programs fair on the expo floor.  Representatives of semiconductor companies and training/internship programs will be on hand to meet 1:1 with students and educators to discuss opportunities and application processes.
  3. Poster session on expo floor co-located with job fair for students to exhibit their research. Submit your poster for consideration here.
  4. R&D symposium.  As part of the greater conference technical program, this oral symposium will gather experts to discuss research challenges and opportunities associated with the recently passed CHIPS act.  Topics of focus will include metrology, characterization, advanced packaging, visualization, and automation.

This program is supported by PMI, Princeton University.

Confirmed panelists

Bert HarropBert Harrop
Packaging Lab Manager

Daniel SchmidtDaniel Schmidt
In-Line Metrology Manager
IBM Research

Osama AwadelkarimOsama Awadelkarim
Dept Chair and Professor
Penn State University

Tom PennellTom Pennell
Research Support Specialist
Cornell Nanofabrication Facility

Katy CristKaty Crist
Sr Mgr, Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
Tokyo Electron Limited

Wesley SandersWesley Sanders
Assistant Professor
Salt Lake Community College

Timothy ThomasTimothy Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer
Mohawk Valley Community College

Andria DenmonAndria Denmon
Associate Professor, Life Sciences
Santa Monica College

Cait CramerCait Cramer
Curriculum Lead
Micro Nano Technology Education Center

Sponsors & Partners
SBIR/STTR Agency Partners