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Austin Community College and SEMATECH Partner with the State of Texas to Launch Nanoelectronics Training Program
Austin, TX | Posted on April 18, 2006
Austin Community College (ACC) and SEMATECH
today announced the launch of a $4 million, multi-year program to train
technicians and engineers in nanoelectronics, including internships in
the Advanced Technology Development Facility (ATDF). Nanoelectronics is
the foundation for emerging technologies that are expected to generate
trillions of dollars in the future.
The resulting Nanoelectronic Workforce Development Initiative (NWDI)
combines the expertise of Austin Community College (ACC), SEMATECH,
ATDF, and Texas State Technical College-Waco (TSTC) in a program that
initially will train 160 two-year technical, undergraduate, and graduate
students in nanoelectronics.
"This program is a cornerstone in the State's new Nanoelectronics
Initiative, for which SEMATECH is the leading partner," explained Randy
Goodall, director of SEMATECH External Programs. "This workforce program
will include development of new nanoelectronics curriculum materials and
a statewide outreach to highlight the educational need and importance of
our industry to the emerging technology economy."
"The most exciting aspect of the program is a unique internship
opportunity that will provide students field experience in
nanofabrication infrastructure and R&D operations through hands-on work
in the ATDF," Goodall said. "The result of this program will be a 'gold
standard' for preparing future generations for a career in
Nanotechnology, which develops revolutionary products by engineering
materials at the molecular level, is expected to create more than two
million jobs and generate more than $3 trillion in worldwide product
revenues by 2015, according to the National Science Foundation. A
significant nanotech segment is nanoelectronics, which the semiconductor
industry has pioneered for nearly a decade.
"Austin Community College is the primary workforce trainer in Central
Texas and is honored to take the lead in nanoelectronics education," Dr.
Stephen B. Kinslow, ACC president, said in acknowledging the program's
value. "This generous grant will provide SEMATECH and ACC with the
necessary resources to create a statewide center of competence in
Kevin Lyman, senior vice president of Global Human Resources for AMD, a
SEMATECH member, said: "Skilled nanotechnology professionals are vital
to the continued growth in the industry. This initiative creates a
highly desirable talent pool in a market that seeks these very skills."
Under the program, SEMATECH and ACC, in partnership with TSTC-Waco and
The University of Texas at Austin, will identify promising students and
host them as interns in hands-on roles at ATDF, SEMATECH's advanced
technology R&D center.
"We're grateful for this opportunity to put some of the brightest
students from across Texas together with our best people to train the
next generation of advanced engineers," said Dave Anderson, ATDF
director. "The interns and our employees will benefit from their mutual
interactions in ATDF's real-world manufacturing R&D environment."
Under the program, student internships will include:
- 80 two-year technical students for 15 weeks
- 50 undergraduates for six months
- 30 graduate students for one year
The initiative's first students are expected to arrive at ATDF on May 30
to begin their internships. The program also will reach out to 2,500
staff and faculty members from Texas educational institutions, as well
as statewide business leaders, through onsite seminars and workshops in
Taking an active lead in coordinating workforce development programs for
the semiconductor industry is a familiar role for SEMATECH. In the
1990s, former SEMATECH Chief Administrative Officer Frank Squires was
instrumental in the development of a standardized Semiconductor
Manufacturing Technician curriculum at the community college level,
which is still operating at dozens of community colleges across the U.S.
About Austin Community College:
Austin Community College is a public, two-year college offering
associate degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas at six Central
Texas campuses. Serving as the regional leader in workforce training,
university transfer and adult access programs, ACC opens its doors each
year to more than 65,000 credit and continuing education students who
benefit from the College's great faculty and staff. ACC is the eighth
largest community college in the nation, according to the U.S.
Department of Education.
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SEMATECH is the world's catalyst for accelerating the commercialization
of technology innovations into manufacturing solutions. By setting
global direction, creating opportunities for flexible collaboration, and
conducting strategic R&D, SEMATECH delivers significant leverage to our
semiconductor and emerging technology partners. In short, we are
accelerating the next technology revolution.
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logo, AMRC, Advanced Materials Research Center, ATDF, the ATDF logo,
Advanced Technology Development Facility, ISMI and International
SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative are servicemarks of SEMATECH, Inc.
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