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University to join Midwest network to address national semiconductor needs

With Intel building two chip factories in Ohio, the University of Dayton is joining leading Midwest research institutions in a network to support the semiconductor and microelectronics industry's research, supply chain and workforce needs.

The Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics, led by Ohio State University, will identify existing expertise, equipment, facilities and programs for joint programming, research and other initiatives to grow semiconductor and microelectronics innovation. It will also encourage partnerships to pursue funding to help the network support industry needs.

"The University of Dayton's research capabilities in semiconductor materials, devices and packaging, as well as advanced manufacturing, will directly contribute to growing a vibrant semiconductor industry in the Midwest," said John Leland, UD's vice president for research.

Other founding members include 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 Michigan, University of Notre Dame and Wright State University.

“The University brings to this regional network substantial academic program capacity in electrical and computer engineering, advanced materials, electro-optics, engineering management and systems, and computer science,” said Paul Benson, UD’s provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “Our collaborative, interdisciplinary culture and our agility in partnering to support the state’s workforce development needs position us well to make distinctive contributions to the network.” 

Last academic year, the University dedicated Hathcock Hall, the new 58,000-square-foot home for the computer science department, home to the University's fastest-growing academic programs. 

The state of Ohio has awarded the University nearly $5.4 million the last three years for Choose Ohio First scholarships to recruit and support students in computer science, computer engineering and other related science, health, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. For more information on the state's Choose Ohio First program, visit

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