Midwest Semiconductor Network

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Formed in 2022, the Midwest Semiconductor Network supports the development of semiconductor nanofabrication facilities in the Midwest and the broader, national efforts to promote U.S. leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics. The network is collaboratively developing innovative solutions in higher education to best support the onshoring of the advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industry and address the industries’ research and workforce needs by leveraging existing research, curricular and experiential learning assets, capabilities and expertise within the region. It aims to grow the collective capacity to support the domestic growth of robust semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems. The network is currently focused on: 

  • Developing a common, secure, information-sharing platform to make it easier to identify expertise, equipment, facilities and curricular programs of interest to facilitate joint programming, research and/or outreach initiatives.
  • Encouraging and promoting regional collaborations and workshops around opportunities to pursue funding that will grow regional capacity to support identified needs across the semiconductor and microelectronics ecosystems.
  • Developing pilot mechanisms to connect existing research, facilities and curricular/training assets across the region to optimize their use to address regional needs and opportunities.
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The Ohio State University
Bowling Green State University
Case Western Reserve University
Central State University
Columbus State Community College
Clark State College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Ivy Tech Community College
Kent State University
Lorain County Community College
Miami University (Ohio)
Michigan State University
North Central State College
Northwestern University
Oakland University
Ohio University
Purdue University
Siena Heights University
Sinclair Community College
University of Akron
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Dayton
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
University of Louisville 
University of Michigan
University of Notre Dame
University of Toledo
Wayne State University
Wright State University
Youngstown State University

The Governance Board leads the activities of the Midwest Semiconductor Network. For the initial three-year term, the board includes two members from four-year colleges/universities, and one member elected to represent a community college from each of the network's core states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.  

David Ashley, Director of Industry Relations, School of Engineering
University of Dayton 

John Dallessasse, Associate Dean for Facilities and Capital Planning, Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne    

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise
The Ohio State University 

Mark C. Hersam, Walter P. Murphy Professor and Director of the Materials Research Center
Northwestern University    

Mohammad Ismail, Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering
Wayne State University 

Becky Peterson, Associate Professor of EECS, MSE and Applied Physics
University of Michigan 

Anthony Ponder, Provost
Sinclair Community College

Vijay Raghunathan, Director of Semiconductor Degrees Program
Purdue University    

Todd Roswarski, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Ivy Tech Community College    

Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor, Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame

The Industry Advisory Board is a collaborative, voluntary collection of companies and organizations, open to all that have a primary business interest in the semiconductor/microelectronics industry and wish to participate in expanding these capabilities in the Midwest region. The board provides valuable, contemporary guidance to the Midwest Semiconductor Network’s academic and research endeavors including such areas as: curricular content, co-curricular activities, career employment planning, training and cooperative education, diversity goals, and industry-focused research.

IAB Chair
Jim Evers, Vice President Ohio Site Manufacturing and Operations Manager

Scott Ashcraft, US CS Field Operations Chief of Staff

Richard Bylsma, General Manager of Photodetectors and Receivers
MACOM Technology Solutions

Kevin Chasey, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager Regional Business Group
Tokyo Electron US  

Nerissa Draeger, Director of Global University Engagements
Lam Research Corporation

Josh Hanna, Head of Field Service Operations
Applied Materials

Shari Liss, Executive Director
SEMI Foundation    

Janine Rush-Beyers, Director of Strategic University Partnerships
Micron Technologies

Chris Schairbaum, Director of Innovation and Development
Texas Instruments

Garrett Schlenvogt, Director of Global Field Applications Engineering Organization
Silvaco, Inc.  

Kwee Lan Teo, Workforce Development Leader
Samsung Austin Semiconductor

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“Engaging this broad academic network has great potential to address the research and education needs of this burgeoning industry and shape the future economic prosperity of our region for generations to come.” 

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska
Vice President for Knowledge Enterprise

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Columbus Business First

Ohio educators use existing programming to prepare burgeoning semiconductor industry

Wayne State University

Wayne State leads team of Midwest educational and industrial leaders to form NSF-funded semiconductor workforce training network

Intel Ohio leader will chair the Midwest Semiconductor Network advisory board


A New Silicon Heartland: How Midwest Academic Institutions Aim to Revitalize U.S. Semiconductor Production

Columbus Business First

Ohio State University-led semiconductor group selects Intel Ohio's leader to advise efforts

Ohio State News

Strengthening regional support for the semiconductor industry, the Midwest Semiconductor Network has formed an industry advisory board representing leading companies in the space.


A semiconductor workforce shortage is on the horizon. Ohio higher education wants to fix that.

IEEE Spectrum

U.S. Universities are building a new semiconductor workforce 

Columbus Business First

Ohio State working with rival Michigan on semiconductor effort to help meet Intel-driven demand

Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State, Columbus State to partner with other Midwestern schools for microchip research


Ohio State joins 11 Midwest institutions to launch semiconductor-focused network

Crain's Cleveland Business

Case Western Reserve, Lorain County Community College part of new higher ed semiconductor network

Dayton Daily News

UD, WSU, Sinclair join network to train semiconductor workers as Intel looms

Dayton Business Journal

As Intel plans $20B spend in Ohio, Dayton schools, others form partnership


3 Dayton-area colleges working with other Midwest schools supporting semiconductor research

The Morning Journal

LCCC joins 11 Midwest education institutions to launch semiconductor-focused network

HPC Wire

OSU Joins 11 Midwest Institutions to Launch Semiconductor-focused Network


12 Midwest institutions launch semiconductor-focused network


YSU joins network focused on semiconductors and microelectronics

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