The Ohio State University is partnering with colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana to form the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics. Each institution’s president recently signed a memorandum of understanding to form this network, which is intended to be open and is expected to grow beyond these initial institutions.
The network will collaboratively develop 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.
The network was formed following a two-day workshop in April hosted by Ohio State. It is a recognition of the recent decision by Intel Corporation to build new, leading-edge chip factories in Ohio and to address the broader, national efforts to promote U.S. leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics.
Partner institutions will leverage existing research, curricular and experiential learning assets, capabilities and expertise within the region and grow the collective capacity to support the domestic growth of robust semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems. Initial activities for the network include:
- Develop 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 across the network.
- Encourage regional collaborations and promote workshops around opportunities to pursue funding that will grow regional capacity to support identified needs across the semiconductor and microelectronics ecosystems.
- Develop pilot mechanisms to connect existing research, facilities and curricular/training assets across the region to optimize their use to address regional needs and opportunities.
Current members of the network include:
- The Ohio State University
- Case Western Reserve University
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- Ivy Tech Community College
- Kent State University
- Miami University (Ohio)
- Michigan State University
- Ohio University
- Purdue University
- University of Chicago
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Dayton
- University of Michigan
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Toledo
- Wright State University
- Columbus State Community College
- Lorain County Community College
- Sinclair Community College
- Youngstown State University
"This powerhouse network of research and academic excellence will fuel transformative scientific exploration and economic development while also preparing the workforce of the future. Through this collective approach we will maximize the potential of our individual institutions and make our Silicon Heartland vision a reality."
Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson
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"This multibillion-dollar investment in the Midwest presents an incredible opportunity for our partner colleges and universities. We face global competition for talent to stay at the leading edge for research and development. Only through collaboration can we truly realize the promise this opportunity affords us."
Grace Wang, Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge
“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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