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Commerce Department Announces Five R&D Leaders for CHIPS for America


This week, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced five leaders joining the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Research and Development (R&D) Office to support CHIPS for America.

CHIPS for America was launched as part of The CHIPS and Science Act, signed into law by President Biden in August 2022 to boost American semiconductor research, development, and production, with the ultimate goal of strengthening U.S. leadership in the technology sector. CHIPS for America includes the CHIPS Program Office, responsible for semiconductor incentives, and the CHIPS R&D Office, responsible for four integrated programs that will generate innovations that make American semiconductor manufacturers globally competitive.

Recently, the DOC released a report outlining the responses to a Request for Information (RFI) on an initiative to develop new potential semiconductor and microelectronics-related Manufacturing USA institutes, authorized under the CHIPS Act.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Laurie E. Locascio announced the new leadership during remarks to the Industrial Advisory Committee. The new CHIPS R&D Office leaders are:

  • Lora Weiss, director
  • Eric Lin, deputy director
  • Neil Alderoty, executive officer
  • Richard-Duane Chambers, associate director for integration and policy
  • Marla Dowell, director of the CHIPS R&D metrology program

Chambers will be responsible for overseeing standards activities for the CHIPS R&D Office.

“We are building a national R&D ecosystem that will keep our budding semiconductor manufacturing base one of the world’s most technologically advanced,” said Locascio. “To make the CHIPS R&D programs into bustling centers of innovation, we need the country’s best people to execute our vision. These are the experts who will propel CHIPS for America and the nation’s semiconductor sector forward.”

“While the manufacturing incentives of the CHIPS Act will bring semiconductor manufacturing back to the U.S., the CHIPS R&D programs will ensure America’s global leadership by creating a robust semiconductor R&D ecosystem,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “These leaders bring exactly the depth and breadth of organizational, programmatic and technical leadership experience that CHIPS needs to stand up new, transformational R&D programs.”

Access the full press release with leadership biographies on NIST’s news page.

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