Next Course Date: October 26-27, 2022
Location: Potomac Institute Ballston Headquarters (Arlington, VA)
The recently passed, CHIPS for America Act is one of the largest U.S. government investments in domestic semiconductor capabilities in a generation. This bill highlights the importance of the microelectronics supply chain security and resilience. This is a serious global challenge due to limited access to essential materials and facilities that can manufacture these essential technologies. The key motivations for implementation of this act were COVID-induced shortages from lowered supplies due to work force and supply chain availability. This, coupled with U.S. concerns on economic competition with China, helped galvanize U.S. focus on the need for U.S. based production of critical technologies like semiconductors.
The CHIPS for America Act is a complex piece of legislation with many parts. The semiconductor section alone amounts to $52 billion of USG investments in domestic semiconductor capabilities. There are multiple areas addressed by the legislation, including incentives for production and establishment of new research and development enterprises. Additionally, the legislation contains multiple types of execution vehicles, including grants and tax incentives. What do these large investments really mean? How will they be executed to benefit U.S. capabilities? And what do the details of CHIPS really mean for those that want to invest?
Find the answers to all this and more in Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ new executive education course – CHIPS: The Real Deal and What it Means for US
This 2-day course, hosted at the Institute, will explore the recent groundbreaking CHIPS legislation. It will review motivations for this investment as well as the various sections in the bill. The class will also cover the execution options available and how this legislation can best impact the interests of the U.S. economy and national security.
The course will be led by an esteemed set of instructors with considerable experience in this field. Our instructors will help participants understand the big picture of the CHIPS Act that is intended to impact U.S. economics and national security. They will present a briefing followed by a dialogue between the participants and instructor to elicit critical understanding of the concepts and issues. The course will culminate in an interactive exercise where participants will create their own recommendations for proposed CHIPS execution led by experienced coaches.
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies invites early to mid-career professionals with an interest in understanding the complexities and nuances of the recently passed CHIPS bill and its potential impact on the U.S. economy and national security. This course is perfect for industry, government, and academic professionals alike with a shared goal of identifying and addressing the challenges the U.S. faces in the microelectronics realm.
The government has been given $52 billion for stimulating domestic semiconductor capabilities with the passing of the CHIPS Act. This session will focus on why the U.S. Government should make a large investment in this area right now. We will also consider the pressing economic and national security reasons motivating such a significant investment.
Speaker: Hon. Alan Shaffer
Understanding the details of the bill is crucial to prioritizing the available funding. Where should this money go? In this session, participants will take a closer look at the CHIPS Act semiconductor related language with the goal of understanding the intent of this bill.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Fritze
Fabrication is at the heart of the microelectronics industry and this area will receive the largest amount of CHIPS funding. We will take a deep dive into the complex semiconductor fabrication process and develop a strong understanding of its importance and influence. The goal is a better understanding of how CHIPS funding can impact the semiconductor fabrication capabilities of the US.
Speakers: John Behnke and Brian Shirley
R&D will receive the second largest amount of CHIPS funding, at $24 billion. This will take the form of creating a National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC), Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (APMP), and a Manufacturing USA Institute focused on semiconductors. This course will focus on the structure of successful public-private consortia as we consider what we can learn from past experiences and current public-private consortia to inform the formation of the NSTC, APMP, and the Manufacturing USA Institute.
Speaker: Dr. Paolo Gargini
We have the funding, now what? This session will address the economic and financial issues of the CHIPS Act. How can we turn the available $50 billion into enough money to really address the issue of strong domestic semiconductor capabilities? What is the path to achieve a total $200 billion investment, which is what is really needed to address this issue?
Speaker: Ardavan Mobasheri
The CHIPS Act provides a unique opportunity to change the course of the U.S. decline in microelectronic production and thereby provide more reliable and secure microelectronics parts. Now that the funds have been appropriated, how they are implemented by the USG could either enhance or squander this rare opportunity. This course will look at the various methods the USG can use to move funds. Topics will include grants versus specific contract mechanisms, the advantages and pitfalls of each, and the potential use of the Defense Production Act authorities. Participants will also explore potential guardrails to help discourage poor spending by awardees.
Speaker: Ted Glum
Culminating the knowledge learned, participants will engage in an interactive, multi-faceted discussion with each other on how they would prioritize CHIPS execution and spending. They will consider what specific types of investment priorities would have the most impact on US microelectronics capabilities. Several small groups will be formed to engage in discussions. These groups will be assigned an expert coach to give a unique perspective from real-life experiences and act as a sounding board for the groups before their presentations.
Speakers: Jennifer Santos and Hon. John Young
The CHIPS investments will fail if there is insufficient workforce to execute the desired goals. This course will explore how we can incentivize the skills required for CHIPS in the U.S. workforce. In this session, we will consider the challenges posed by the limited trained workers, and the need for more in this field. We will also discuss ways to gain more interest while exploring options to increase the workforce.
Dr. Fritze is a Vice President at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies responsible for the Microelectronics Policy portfolio. His current interests and activities include USG trusted access strategies, support of needed legacy technologies, DOD innovation policy and outreach to Industry and strengthening the US Microelectronics Industrial Base. He is also the Director of the VITAL Center (Vital Infrastructure Technology And Logistics) at Potomac.
Dr. Fritze was the Director of the Disruptive Electronics Division at the USC Information Sciences Institute. (2010-2015). He also held a Research Professor appointment in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering (Electrophysics). His research interests at ISI included Trusted Electronics, CMOS Reliability & Robustness, Low power 3DIC enabled electronics and Rad-hard electronics. He was a Program Manager at the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) from 2006-2010. While at DARPA, Dr. Fritze was responsible for Programs in the areas of 3D Integrated Circuits (3DIC), Steep-Subthreshold-slope Transistors (STEEP), Radiation Hardening by Design (RHBD), Carbon Electronics for RF Applications (CERA), Silicon-based RF (TEAM), Ultra-low power Digital (ESE), Highly regular designs (GRATE) and Leading-edge foundry access (LEAP).
Prior to joining DARPA, Dr. Fritze was a staff member from 1995-2006 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he worked on fully-depleted silicon on insulator (FDSOI) technology development with an emphasis on novel devices. Particular interests included highly scaled, tunneling-based, and ultra-low power devices. Dr. Fritze also worked in the area of silicon-based integrated optics. Another research interest at Lincoln Laboratory was in the area of resolution-enhanced optical lithography and nanofabrication with particular emphasis on low volume technological solutions.
Dr. Fritze received a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 1994, working in the area of compound semiconductor quantum well physics. He received a B.S. in Physics in 1984 from Lehigh University. Dr. Fritze is an elected member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He is a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service awarded in 2010. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is active on the GOMAC Conference Program Committee as well as the NDIA Electronics Division Policy Group. Dr. Fritze has published over 75 papers and articles in professional journals and holds several U.S. Patents.
Lakishia Biggs is the Potomac Institute’s Education Program Manager. In this role she is responsible for the planning, development, coordination and administration of the Potomac Institute’s Education Program. Prior to joining the Potomac Institute, Lakishia served as the Lower School Assistant Director. In this role she worked with the Lower School administrative team to facilitate continued growth of and development of faculty by providing professional development and academic program leadership support. Lakishia also worked as a research teacher while at Norfolk Academy and brings years of educational and leadership experience from her various teaching positions to the Potomac Institute. She holds M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College.
The Honorable Alan Shaffer on Motivation for USG Investment: Why Should the Government Invest?
Member of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Mr. Ted Glum on Implementation Challenges: Acquisitions and How to Effectively Push Money Out for the Government
Member of the Board of Directors, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Former Director of the US Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)
Dr. Paolo Gargini on R&D Efforts
Former Director Technology Strategy, Intel Corporation, and Life Fellow
and Chairman of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems, IEEE
Mr. John Behnke on Manufacturing Considerations: Session I
General Manager Final Phase Systems, INFICON
Mr. Brian Shirley on Manufacturing Considerations: Session II
Senior Advisor and Consultant at CTC Aero
Member of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Mr. Ardavan Mobasheri on How to Ensure CHIPS Will Deliver the Final Punch
Senior Research Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ms. Jennifer Santos on How Would YOU Prioritize the Money?
Principal Director for Strategic Initiatives, National Security and Space - Draper
The Honorable John Young on How Would YOU Prioritize the Money?
Principal JY Strategies, LLC
Member of the Board of Regents, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies