Newsletter | Vol 16 - November 2022

Semiconductor News

Purdue University's College of Engineering is partnering with MediaTek Inc., a leading global fabless chipmaker, to open the company's first semiconductor chip design center in the Midwest, to be housed on Purdue's campus.

The center marks another piece of Purdue's commitment in addressing society's increasing semiconductor demands and the needed talent pool. In May, the university announced the launch of its  Semiconductor Degrees Program, a comprehensive set of innovative, interdisciplinary degrees and credentials in semiconductors and microelectronics. The university also in May announced a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to provide a variety of collaborative educational opportunities for faculty and students in microelectronics and to explore ways to attract more talent to this area.

MediaTek and Purdue also will partner on new chip design engineering degree programs, research on artificial intelligence, and communications chip design. This collaboration is still in the works.

To read more:
Purdue University partners with leading global chipmaker on semiconductor design center

The Washington Post spent time in West Lafayette, tracking Purdue's push into semiconductors and what it will take to recruit and produce an engineers needed for U.S. production in the age of the CHIPS Act. "Our engineering enrollments and our computer science enrollments have grown ? but there is such a demand for these students," Mark Lundstrom, Purdue's interim engineering dean, told Washington Post reporter Jeanne Whalen.

To read the article, go to:
"Economic future of U.S. depends on making engineering cool: Purdue University races to expand semiconductor education to fill yawning workforce gap that threatens reshoring effort."