Intel Invests $100 Million in Ohio and National Semiconductor Education and Research

March 17, 2022 — To address the immediate technical challenges of semiconductor manufacturing and labor shortages, Intel today announced details of a $100 million investment over the next decade to establish semiconductor manufacturing education and research collaborations with universities, community colleges, and technical educators across the United States. investing $50 million directly in Ohio’s institutions of higher learning. An additional $50 million from Intel will be matched by $50 million from the US National Science Foundation through national funding opportunities. Intel’s education funding is part of the company’s recent announcement that it would invest more than $20 billion to build two new state-of-the-art chip factories in Ohio.

“At Intel, we strongly believe in investing in education to ensure we have the right talent to support our growth and help the United States regain leadership in semiconductor manufacturing.” , said Christy Pambianchi, executive vice president and chief human resources of Intel. “Our goal is to bring these programs and opportunities to a variety of colleges, universities, and two- and four-year technical programs because it’s critical that we expand and diversify STEM education. Intel is committed to preparing the American workforce with the technology skills needed today and in the future.

Amid a national tech skills shortage, the investment will provide a major boost to education and workforce development in the United States. With this investment, Intel will establish comprehensive, collaborative programs with institutions of higher education to accelerate readiness and enable the workforce needed to operate its new semiconductor manufacturing facilities and development partners. the ecosystem. The investments will provide resources for the creation of new curricula for associate and undergraduate degrees, certifications, faculty training, retraining and upskilling programs for the existing workforce, laboratory equipment upgrades and research supporting innovation in semiconductor manufacturing.

“Over the past year, Intel has announced manufacturing investments that will create 6,700 high-tech jobs in the United States, including 3,000 in Ohio. Intel is on a mission to lead national chip capability and capability growth, and to do that, we need the best talent available,” said Keyvan Esfarjani, Intel’s executive vice president and chief global operations officer. “That’s why Intel is investing in education and research programs in Ohio and across the United States to address technical challenges and labor shortages in our industry.”

What Intel’s Investment in Ohio Does

Intel intends to fund $50 million in grants in Ohio over the next 10 years. A portion of this investment will establish the Intel® Semiconductor Research and Education Program for Ohio to fund a multi-institutional, collaborative research and education program that will focus on acquiring real-world experience and innovation in semiconductor manufacturing. Intel will accept proposals from Ohio-based university researchers, technical centers, professors, and educators to address curriculum development, faculty training, lab equipment upgrades, new research to advance semiconductor manufacturing and opportunities for students, including internships.

What the US National Science Foundation does

Intel will partner with NSF in a national funding initiative. NSF will match Intel’s $50 million investment, making $100 million available in funding opportunities. The NSF will issue a call for proposals from researchers and educators nationwide to develop programs that enhance STEM education at two-year colleges and four-year universities, including minority-serving institutions, and new research to advance semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Through NSF and Intel’s shared interests in supporting open, pre-competitive research and educational advancements in semiconductor design and manufacturing, the partnership will provide at least $5 million in grants per year for 10 years to the winners. Funding opportunities will enable collaborations between researchers and educators to provide insights into fostering the relationship between academic research and early higher education, laying the groundwork for implementing technology solutions and developing the future hand -work in the field of semiconductors.

More context

This is one of many educational initiatives from Intel. This month, Intel announced the new Semiconductor Manufacturing Quick Start program with Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona. Quick Start is an accelerated two-week program that prepares students for a rewarding career as a semiconductor technician with hands-on learning delivered by experienced Intel employees as instructors.

Intel’s first two factories in Ohio are expected to create 3,000 high-tech jobs and 7,000 construction jobs, and support tens of thousands of additional long-term jobs across a broad ecosystem of suppliers and partners. Intel’s investment in partnerships with educational institutions and the NSF is part of the company’s efforts to build a pool of skilled talent and strengthen research programs in the region and across the United States.

About Intel

Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating breakthrough technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance semiconductor design and manufacturing to help solve our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence across the cloud, network, edge, and all types of computing devices, we unlock the potential of data to transform businesses and society for the better. To learn more about Intel innovations, visit newsroom.intel.com and intel.com.


Source: Intel

Sam D. Gomez