The University of Notre Dame has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the “Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics.”
The network will include 12 research universities in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio with the common goal of advancing semiconductor research, innovation and production. The partnership will also enable them to collectively pursue state, federal and industry funding to grow their capacities to engage in semiconductor-related research. Each member university will also be invited to consider the ways its work on semiconductors can help address the particular needs and opportunities of the Midwest as a region.
“Semiconductors are indispensable to devices we use daily, from smartphones to computers to automobiles,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins said. “We are pleased that, together with our esteemed partners, Notre Dame will be able to use its strengths in semiconductor and microelectronics research to support the economic development of our Midwestern region and our nation at a crucial time.”
In addition to Notre Dame, founding members include The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Columbus State Community College, Lorain County Community College, Michigan State University, Purdue University, Sinclair Community College, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Michigan, and Wright State University.