Indiana wants to take a lead role in the semiconductor industry and help alleviate lingering effects of the global microchip shortage. As part of the effort, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has formed the Accelerating Microelectronics Production & Development Task Force.
The IEDC says the AMPD will lead the state’s efforts to become the leading state in the semiconductor industry.
“Indiana has a deep advanced manufacturing DNA and capitalize on this important industry of the future,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, who made the announcement during the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit. “In the coming years, the AMPD task force is focused on supporting this critically important industry in the state.”
The AMPD is tasked with accelerating and supporting microelectronics research and innovation in Indiana. The IEDC has seeded the effort with $2.7 million of state funding to design and execute a strategic outreach and marketing plan.
Chambers and Jimmy Costa, senior vice president of innovation and semiconductor strategy for the IEDC, will lead the taskforce.
The task force is made up of industry experts, research universities and public institutions.
Other task force members include:
• Ajit Manocha, CEO, SEMI
• Alan Seabaugh, director, Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology
• Amy Schumacher, CEO, The Heritage Group
• Dave Roberts, executive vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation, IEDC
• Dr. Scott Kirkpatrick, associate professor of physics and optical engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
• George Scalise, CEO of George Scalise Semiconductor Innovation Center and former SIA president
• Joe Carley, director of economic development, Indiana University
• Kenneth Johnson, executive vice president, Hunt construction Group;
• Mark Lewis, executive director of the Emerging Technology Institute;
• Mark Lundstrom, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Purdue University;
• Rich Ravas, industry veteran consultant and former Global Chief Engineer, Delphi Electronics
• Sue Smith, vice president of technology and applied science, Ivy Tech Community College
• Todd Hillman, senior vice president and chief customer officer, Midcontinent Independent System Operator.