3 Dayton-area colleges working with other Midwest schools supporting semiconductor research

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The University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College announced they are joining leading Midwest research institutions in a network to support the semiconductor and microelectronics industry’s research, supply chain and workforce needs, according to media releases Thursday.

Wright State University is also one of those Dayton-area schools joining the Midwest Regional Network.

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The Midwest Regional Network is led by The Ohio State University with purpose of identifying existing expertise, equipment, facilities, and programs for joint programming, research and other initiatives to grow semiconductor and microelectronics innovation, the release said.

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

Other members include University of Cincinnati, Columbus State Community College, Case Western Reserve University, Lorain County Community College, Purdue University and University of Notre Dame, the release said. University of Michigan and Michigan State are also in the network.

“This powerhouse network of research and academic excellence will fuel transformative scientific exploration and economic development while also preparing the workforce of the future,” said Ohio State President Kristina Johnson.

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Sinclair said in a release that it is proud to join this initiative.

“It unites our institutions in a collective effort to build and grow a skilled workforce trained in computer science, information technology, advance manufacturing, and supply chain management,” said Dr. Steve Johnson, president of Sinclair Community College.

The network was forced following a two-day workshop hosted by Ohio State in April in recognition of Intel Corporation’s decision to build a new chip factory in Newark, the release said.