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NNU has announced that a new program in Semiconductor Engineering is now open for enrollment as part of its ABET-accredited Engineering program. This new concentration will begin classes Fall 2023, alongside NNU’s existing concentrations in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering.

Congress recently passed the $52 billion CHIPS Act, reinvigorating the semiconductor manufacturing industry in the U.S. This has already resulted in the startup of major new U.S. “fabs,” such as Micron’s recent $15 billion fab groundbreaking in Boise, which will generate thousands of jobs in the next few years.

“The Boise Valley and greater Northwest is home to several growing semiconductor engineering companies,” said Dr. Stephen Parke, NNU’s professor of Semiconductor Engineering. “NNU’s new Semiconductor Engineering BSE will equip our students to enter this exciting career path right here in the Boise Valley and throughout the United States.”

NNU’s Semiconductor Engineering track will provide specialized education, internship and fab experience in the areas of semiconductor materials and devices, microelectronic circuit design, process fabrication and advanced packaging and testing. This new program is part of the American Semiconductor Academy, a nationwide network of universities and community colleges working in partnership with the SEMI consortium to address the urgent workforce needs of the nation’s semiconductor industry.