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The future of the semiconductor industry can only be secured when its innovators are championed, connected, and empowered to act at scale. Through the Circuit Talk series, MITRE Engenuity brings together thought leaders to reimagine the semiconductor ecosystem and drive generational change.

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CIRCUIT TALK Speaker Series

In each Circuit Talk episode, titans of industry, academia, and government offer their takes on where the U.S. should invest, how it should prioritize, and what the future of the semiconductor industry could look like.

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Circuit Talk Episode 1 - The US Semiconductor Industry
EPISODE 1

The US Semiconductor Industry

Guest: Dr. Edlyn Levine

Aired: May 5, 2021

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Episode 1

The US Semiconductor Industry

What do physics and translational R&D have to do with the future of the supply chain?

Guest: Dr. Edlyn Levine

Chief Technologist at MITRE Accelerator

Aired: May 5, 2021

In Episode 1 of MITRE Engenuity Circuit Talk, co-hosts Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, visiting fellow at MITRE and visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Pavneet Singh, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, begin our speaker series with a conversation about the physics of semiconductors.

Their first guest, Dr. Edlyn Levine, Chief Technologist at MITRE Engenuity, explains the scientific challenges behind creating smaller and smaller chips and then talks about the impact that has on the semiconductor ecosystem. Dr. Levine makes it clear that US Leadership and thoughtful investment in translational R&D are critical.

Circuit Talk Episode 2 - Semiconductors & National Security
EPISODE 2

Semiconductors & National Security

Guest: Dr. Victoria Coleman

Aired: May 20, 2021

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Episode 2

Semiconductors & National Security

Why is US semiconductor leadership important?

Guest: Dr. Victoria Coleman

USAF Chief Scientist & Former Director of DARPA

Aired: May 20, 2021

In Episode 2, hosts Dr. Nadia Schadlow and Pav Singh talk with Dr. Victoria Coleman, Chief Scientist at the U.S. Air Force, and former Director of DARPA, as she explains why the U.S. needs a thriving domestic semiconductor market that ensures availability, price, trust, and performance.

Circuit Talk Episode 3 - The Evolution of the Global Semiconductor Industry
EPISODE 3

The Evolution of the Global Semiconductor Industry

Guest: Prof. Willy Shih

Aired: May 27, 2021

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Episode 3

The Evolution of the Global Semiconductor Industry

How do we reignite innovation?

Guest: Prof. Willy Shih

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Aired: May 27, 2021

Episode 3 introduces Willy Shih, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He joins Nadia and Pav to discuss the links between manufacturing and innovation. As the past can often teach us about the future, Prof. Shih gives a brief historical perspective on the growth of Taiwan’s successful semiconductor foundry capacity and the vulnerabilities that history may pose for the US today.

Circuit Talk Episode 4 - Challenges for Commercializing the Next Generation of Microelectronics
EPISODE 4

Challenges for Commercializing the Next Generation of Microelectronics

Guest: Dan Armbrust

Aired: June 3, 2021

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Episode 4

Challenges for Commercializing the Next Generation of Microelectronics

How can public-private partnership spur the next phase of semiconductor innovation?

Guest: Dan Armbrust

Co-founder & Director of Silicon Catalyst

Aired: June 3, 2021

In Episode 4, Dr. Nadia Schadlow and Pavneet Singh welcome Dan Armbrust, the Co-founder and Director of Silicon Catalyst. Mr. Armbrust explains the launch of Sematech and the critical collaboration between the US Government and the semiconductor industry that led to its creation. Using this successful collaboration as a window into the future, Mr. Armbrust provides insight about how federal funds can be utilized to spur the semiconductor innovation.

Circuit Talk Episode 5 - R&D as the Foundation of the Future Supply Chain
EPISODE 5

R&D as the Foundation of the Future Supply Chain

Guest: Ken Hansen

Aired: June 10, 2021

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Episode 5

R&D as the Foundation of the Future Supply Chain

How can policy makers and industry leaders work together to create impactful change?

Guest: Ken Hansen

President and CEO HTKH LLC

Aired: June 10, 2021

In episode 5, Ken Hansen, President & CEO, HTKH LLC joins Dr. Nadia Schadlow and Pavneet Singh to speak about why the Semiconductor Research Corporation was created, as well as the role that it played in the industry in its early years. Hansen speaks about how companies are working to bridge the “lab to fab challenge” and how the private sector and policy officials can work together to solve those challenges facing the industry. We’ll also hear about the Decadal Plan, the role the USG might play in advancing its research agenda, and recent legislation such as the CHIPS Act.

Circuit Talk Episode 6 - The Role of the Academy
EPISODE 6

The Role of the Academy

Guest: Prof. Zachary Holman

Aired: June 17, 2021

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Episode 6

The Role of the Academy

How does university driven R&D advance semiconductor technology and how can we fuel its impact?

Guest: Prof. Zachary Holman

Professor at Arizona State University

Aired: June 17, 2021

In episode 6, Prof. Zak Holman from Arizona State University joins Dr. Nadia Schadlow and Pavneet Singh to pose questions and unpack the challenges and opportunities in the University setting for discovering future semiconductor technologies. Where is the Academy in uncovering future materials and processes for semiconductor technology? What does University need from Government and Industry to make their work more fruitful? What are the gaps in STEM talent or federal funding that can be alleviated? How should we create safe and productive collaborative environments with international partners? Listen in to hear these answers and more.

Circuit Talk Episode 7 - The View from Industry
EPISODE 7

The View from Industry

Guest: Susie Armstrong

Aired: June 24, 2021

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Episode 7

The View from Industry

What is the role of partners and allies in building a trusted and competitive semiconductor supply chain?

Guest: Susie Armstrong

Senior VP, Engineering at Qualcomm, Inc.

Aired: June 24, 2021

In Episode 7, the finale of MITRE Engenuity’s Circuit Talk, Dr. Nadia Scahdlow and Pavneet Singh welcome Susie Armstrong, Senior Vice President at Qualcomm. A veteran of the technology industry, she is uniquely placed to provide her current assessment on the real engineering and financial challenges that the U.S. chip industry faces. We will learn how the U.S. fares in the global market, as well as what lessons we can learn from other countries as the U.S. orients itself to compete over the coming decades.

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