Ohio State Creates New Education and Research Center for Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing


The Ohio State University will lead a multi-institutional, interdisciplinary education and research center to advance the manufacturing and development of next-generation semiconductor and device technologies.

The new center will lay the foundation for a sustainable, highly skilled and diverse semiconductor manufacturing workforce by developing comprehensive experiential learning frameworks for graduate and undergraduate students, while paving the way for advanced technologies device technologies through cutting-edge research.

Intel today announced a three-year, $3 million grant for the Center for Advanced Semiconductor Fabrication Research and Education (CAFE). This grant follows the call by the State of Ohio of the Midwest Regional Network to Meet National Semiconductor and Microelectronics Needsa network of 12 Midwestern colleges and universities developing innovative higher education solutions to meet national semiconductor education, research, and workforce needs.

Earlier this year, Intel announced it would invest more than $20 billion to build two new chip factories in Ohio. Intel will invest $50 million directly in higher education institutions across the state, while another $50 million investment from Intel will be matched by $50 million from the National Science Foundation in funding opportunities national.

“The Midwest has a wealth of experience as an economic engine and support system for some of this country’s most important businesses, dating back to World War II and beyond,” the state chairwoman said. Ohio, Kristina M. Johnson. “We look forward to stepping back into this role and helping America reclaim its rightful place as a leader in the semiconductor industry through this important collaborative effort to train the workforce of tomorrow. Working together, we are far greater than the sum of our parts, and the proof will be in the highly skilled experts who emerge from this program ready to take on any challenge and succeed.

CAFE will partner Ohio State with nine other state institutions, including Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Central State University, and Wilberforce University, as well as the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc. education consortium, consisting of Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster.

By bringing these institutions of higher education together into a single interdisciplinary center, CAFE will provide semiconductor research opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, who can share access to world-class facilities in an environment experiential learning with a scientific team approach. .

CAFE will be operated in Ohio State by the Materials Research Institute (IMR), which promotes and supports materials and manufacturing research and initiatives across all disciplines and colleges of the university. In addition to IMR’s operation of major semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the state of Ohio, the institute’s mission is to build large-scale programs that take advantage of the multidisciplinary strengths of the State of Ohio. IMR Executive Director Steven Ringel, a professor in the Ohio State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate vice president for research, is the lead principal investigator.

CAFE will provide undergraduate students with exceptional opportunities to learn through hands-on research experience. Manufacturing internships for students, as well as graduate and postdoctoral research associations, will further immerse and train the semiconductor workforce of tomorrow in a variety of real-world settings.

The multidisciplinary, diverse and interactive culture of the new research center will also be reinforced by its coordination with the National GEM Consortium and the Five-OSU Ohio Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program (SAFE).

The center will create new training programs and explore next-generation semiconductor device fabrication with activities aligned with many areas of strength within the Ohio State semiconductor ecosystem: synthesis materials, characterization, design and processing of devices.

“The research we will conduct through the Intel-funded CAFE center will greatly benefit our students, faculty and staff who are engaged in semiconductor research,” Ringel said. “CAFE’s structure will enable the convergence of graduate and undergraduate students in an interdisciplinary research and experiential learning environment that will provide exciting opportunities for current and future generations of students to enter the field and cultivate the future of American silicon heart.

At Ohio State, access to world-class facilities related to semiconductor manufacturing and research will provide experiential learning environments with a team-based science approach. Major shared facilities central to CAFE’s research and teaching efforts at the university include the Nanotech West Laboratory, the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory, the NanoSystems Laboratory, and the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis.

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity in Ohio’s semiconductor ecosystem, so that diverse teams of faculty, staff, and students can showcase their talent with access to state-of-the-art facilities and research experts in semiconductor manufacturing,” the IMR director said. Innovation Jay Sayre, who leads the CAFE student experiential plan. “This unique new learning experience will introduce undergraduate and graduate students and inspire them to seek new research horizons in university labs and create a sustainable pipeline of talent entering the semiconductor industry. “

CAFE plans to expand its reach to colleges and universities across Ohio not currently part of the initial effort as it evolves its core curriculum through series of events that include lab training sessions. and student-centered symposia.

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