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University of Minnesota’s first semiconductor officer: “We can grow as a semiconductor hub”

University of Minnesota’s first semiconductor officer: “We can grow as a semiconductor hub”
The University is taking the action to help Minnesota companies and public agencies compete for funding from the CHIPS and Science Act, including naming Steven Koester, a professor in the department of electrical and computing engineering, as its chief semiconductor officer.

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The University of Minnesota has named its first-ever chief semiconductor officer, Steven Koester, in an effort to help companies and public agencies compete for funding from the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act. The university is working to help Minnesota retain resiliency in the microelectronics industry, which is currently dominated by manufacturers in East Asia. Koester, a professor in the university's department of electrical and computing engineering, is conducting extensive research that could change the semiconductor industry. He is working on making transistors that can be made smaller than traditional transistors, which could allow for more powerful electronic devices. The university is also working with local companies to provide workforce development and advanced R&D projects.

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