Chicago university to begin manufacturing semiconductors

Illinois Institute of Technology
IIT students work on a DMG MORI selective-laser melting (SLM) additive metal printer. Photo credit Illinois Institute of Technology

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - A new federal law has earmarked $39 billion for semiconductor manufacturers. And, a local university wants Chicago to be centerstage for the next generation of such vital technology.

“Chicago has always been a hub of manufacturing in the United States,”  said Illinois Institute of Technology Provost  Ken Christensen.

The South Side university has announced a partnership with Hoffman Estates-based DMG Mori to establish a national center for advanced manufacturing, with a special eye on semiconductors.

“We typically rely on international fabrication of these types of microchips, and what’s really exciting is the opportunity  to bring that back onto U.S. soil and  support the technology needs of the United States and North America,” Christensen said.

They will learn how to build better semiconductors, then make them right here.

“By establishing this center on our campus in Bronzeville, the hope is to catalyze both workforce development of local workforce and regional workforce,” Christensen noted.

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