WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, an independent selection committee announced the incoming board of trustees that is expected to oversee a nonprofit entity that will operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC). The NSTC is the core research and development (R&D) component of the Department of Commerce’s CHIPS for America program.
The NSTC will be a hub of collaboration for members of the entire semiconductor manufacturing and supplier ecosystem and will accelerate the pace of innovation and help lower the cost and time required to bring new technologies to market.
The newly selected board members will now begin the process of creating a nonprofit entity that is expected to run the NSTC and hire executive leadership. The Department of Commerce expects to enter into a funding agreement with the newly formed nonprofit so that it can begin to operate the NSTC.
In a joint statement, selection committee members Janet Foutty, John Hennessy, Jason Matheny, Donald J. Rosenberg and Brenda Darden Wilkerson said, “We are honored to have served in this capacity to help stand up the NSTC, which will be a truly transformational institution for the semiconductor industry. The incoming members of the board of trustees are distinguished in their expertise, experience and leadership abilities. We appreciate their generosity in giving back to the American microelectronics sector to make it the world’s best.”
“We are on a mission to bring semiconductor manufacturing back to America and secure our national and economic security, and to do that, we must continue to lead the world in semiconductor R&D. The NSTC is going to supercharge chip technology and innovation ecosystems across the country so that cutting-edge developments in semiconductor design and manufacturing happen here in the U.S.,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “I am grateful to this outstanding group of leaders for answering the call to serve our nation and advance America’s technological leadership.”
“The members of the board of trustees will help to establish an NSTC that is visionary, agile and responsive to the needs of the semiconductor ecosystem,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio. “The NSTC will provide our domestic manufacturing industry with technological advances that will keep American-made products competitive, and it will help train the next-generation workforce to make these products in the world’s most advanced facilities.”
“President Biden has secured historic legislation to revitalize America’s leadership in semiconductors, and today’s milestone is a critical step to support cutting-edge research and development in the next generation of chip technologies,” said Director of the National Economic Council Lael Brainard.
In the Federal Register Notice calling for selection committee nominees, they were tasked with identifying “distinguished, purpose-driven, visionary leaders” for the NSTC. The initial members of the incoming board of trustees are:
To learn more about the NSTC structure, see A Vision and Strategy for the National Semiconductor Technology Center, published in April 2023.
The bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act established four research and development programs at the Department of Commerce that are being overseen by the CHIPS Research and Development Office within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): the National Semiconductor Technology Center, the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program, up to three new Manufacturing USA institutes dedicated to semiconductors, and the CHIPS R&D Metrology Program.
CHIPS for America is part of President Biden’s economic plan to invest in America, stimulate private sector investment, create good-paying jobs, and make the U.S. competitive in the 21st century. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for manufacturing incentives, and the CHIPS Research and Development Office, responsible for R&D programs. Both offices sit within the NIST at the Department of Commerce. NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.