U.S. Senator Mark Warner visited Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday to discuss the recent bipartisan passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which aims to encourage domestic semiconductor manufacturing and improve America’s technological competitiveness. emphasized that
“One of the most exciting opportunities for Virginia and our country is what we are developing as we try to bring the semiconductor industry back to the United States,” Warner said. and local officials. “…This is an opportunity for Virginia to[play a role]in the entire supply chain, and it will require all the great universities. No single Virginia university can do this alone. We will need your cooperation.”
Dr. Michael Rao, president of VCU, described how VCU and the rest of the University of Virginia are advancing innovative research and “critical to opportunity” in advanced manufacturing areas of materials such as semiconductors and other similar areas. shared how they are preparing students and alumni for “Pathway”. A strong need for skilled professionals — we deliver. His VCU and University in Virginia aspire to help students develop the skills they need to succeed in careers built on the CHIPS Act’s advanced manufacturing and expanding R&D opportunities. ing.
“We’re dedicated to making sure we’re focused on these professions — professions that give students, and ultimately alumni, the kind of access they need,” Rao said. said. “VCU and all of Virginia’s colleges are ready and ready to make this a success in this country. I hope to be a pilot to model the
In June 2020, Warner, which co-sponsored the Semiconductor Manufacturing Act (CHIPS) with Sen. He said it would create new opportunities for manufacturing.
“For the last 30 years, the US has dominated this industry, and now only makes about 12% of[semiconductor chips]. And the US, especially in terms of manufacturing, isn’t making any cutting edge chips. Many of the chips that we’ve done experimentally at the production level in the lab are actually made in Taiwan,” Warner said after a tour of the VCU School of Engineering’s C. Kenneth and Diane Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Center. I was. “This law will bring research and cutting-edge manufacturing back to America. My hope is that Virginia will succeed in attracting at least one of these facilities.”
Warner, co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, led a roundtable on how best to work together to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the law.
Rob Beard, senior vice president and general counsel for semiconductor company Micron Technology, discussed how semiconductor companies make decisions about investment and site selection. Virginia Economic Development Partnership President Jason El-Kobe gave a presentation on potential semiconductor manufacturing locations in Virginia.
While at VCU, Warner toured the C. Kenneth and Diane Harris Wright Virginia Microelectronics Centers in the School of Engineering. The Shared Research Center provides principal investigators, students, and industry researchers with training, access, and technical support for their project tasks. This includes her over 8,000 square feet of cleanroom space for a particle-free environment and an array of cutting-edge tools for micro- and nano-fabrication.
The CHIPS Act aims to strengthen manufacturing, supply chains and national security, and invest in the workforce in industries such as research and development, science and technology, clean energy, nanotechnology, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.
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