A professor of environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University has been appointed to the inaugural Industrial Advisory Committee that will help steer issues and policies stemming from the recently signed CHIPS and Science Act. Carol Handwerker is one of 24 committee members selected from academic and industry sectors and federal laboratories to advise the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on semiconductor research and development.
“CHIPS for America is a once-in-a-generation investment that will position the United States to lead the world in semiconductor research, manufacturing, design, entrepreneurship and innovation for decades to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Raimondo toured Purdue two weeks ago, along with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, to examine the university’s efforts to become a center for semiconductor research and manufacturing.
The CHIPS Act, which was signed into law by President Biden in August, includes more than $52 billion in grants, loans and guarantees aimed at jump starting the nation’s semiconductor industry.
The Commerce Department says this advisory committee will not participate in selecting recipients of federal financial assistance, including the manufacturing incentives program.
“The experienced and diverse group of accomplished leaders on the Industrial Advisory Committee will help guide our approach to semiconductor research and innovation as we strengthen America’s global competitiveness,” said Raimondo.
The committee will provide advice on the science and technology needs of the nation’s domestic microelectronics industry, the national strategy on microelectronics research, and the research and development programs.
Other members of the committee including senior vice presidents and chief technology officers from high-profile technology companies Microsoft, Texas Instruments and Qualcomm.