University of Cincinnati joins 11 Midwest institutions to launch semiconductor-focused network

The University of Cincinnati will partner with colleges and universities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana to form the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics.

A dozen higher education institutions have signed on so far to develop innovative solutions to best support the onshoring of the advanced semiconductor and microelectronics industry and address the industries’ research and workforce needs.

  • Ohio State University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Dayton
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Wright State University

Each institution’s president recently signed a memorandum of understanding to form this network, which is intended to be open and is expected to grow beyond these initial institutions.

The network is a recognition of the recent decision by Intel Corporation to build $20 billion worth of new, leading-edge chip factories in Ohio and to address the broader, national efforts to promote U.S. leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics.

  • Develop a common, secure, information-sharing platform to make it easier to identify expertise, equipment, facilities and curricular programs of interest to facilitate joint programming, research, and/or outreach initiatives across the network.
  • Encourage regional collaborations and promote workshops around opportunities to pursue funding that will grow regional capacity to support identified needs across the semiconductor and microelectronics ecosystems.
  • Develop pilot mechanisms to connect existing research, facilities and curricular/training assets across the region to optimize their use to address regional needs and opportunities.

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