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Tuskegee University Partners with Intel to Advance Semiconductor Manufacturing Education

November 08, 2023

Contact: Brittney Dabney, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Drs. Li Jiang and Keith Hargrove
Jiang and Hargrove

Tuskegee University is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Intel Corporation, a global technology leader, to bolster education in semiconductor manufacturing technologies. The collaboration aims to equip the next generation of engineering graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this critical industry.

The project, spanning three years with a total funding of $351,459, will be led by Dr. Li Jiang, an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor. The team includes Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Naga Korivi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

The project will provide undergraduate students with training opportunities in semiconductor technology and manufacturing through contemporary research and capstone design projects, leveraging world-class faculty expertise in these technology areas. Participating Tuskegee students will have a chance to gain hands-on skills in engineering design, semiconductor processing, and device fabrication technologies and an overall valuable experience working in the microelectronics cleanroom fabrication facility at Tuskegee University.

"Intel has generously provided a significant funding grant to Tuskegee University, and this landmark partnership underscores Tuskegee University's commitment to staying at the forefront of engineering education and research," said Dr. S. Keith Hargrove, Provost, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The collaboration will serve as a platform for students to gain hands-on experience in semiconductor fabrication processes, enabling them to bridge the gap between theory and real-world application."

The global chip shortage has resulted in recent initiatives to bring back semiconductor chip manufacturing to the United States. In the next several years, the U.S. will experience an increased demand for a skilled, professionally trained workforce in the semiconductor manufacturing areas. This project will give engineering degree graduates the knowledge, practical training, and skills to make a more immediate transition to the professional workforce in semiconductor manufacturing. 

Intel, known for its pioneering innovations in semiconductor technology, recognizes the importance of investing in education to cultivate a skilled workforce for the future. By partnering with Tuskegee University, Intel aims to contribute to the diversification and strengthening of the semiconductor industry.

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