Fireside Chat

Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics


May 11, 2022

2 - 3 PM Eastern Time


The global semiconductor shortage has grabbed headlines and caused major bottlenecks in production that have driven up prices for goods, from SUVs to laptops. But years before the pandemic-induced shortage, the United States was already facing a growing chip crisis. In this webinar, we will explore current trends and challenges in the U.S. semiconductor industry and the path forward for the U.S. to reclaim its superpower status in microelectronics as a matter of national security.

Our guest speaker is Jesús A. del Alamo, Donner Professor and Professor in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will discuss recommendations outlined in a recent MIT report, “Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics.” 

The discussion will be moderated by Beth Sanner, Professor of Practice at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland and former Deputy Director for National Intelligence.

This event is open to the general public.

Jesús A. del Alamo

Jesús A. del Alamo is the Donner Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained a Telecommunications Engineer degree from Polytechnic University of Madrid and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In 1985, he joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone LSI Laboratories in Japan, and since 1988, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. From 2013 until 2019, he served as Director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories. His current research interests are focused on nanoelectronics based on compound semiconductors and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors as well as novel ionic and ferroelectric devices for artificial intelligence accelerators.

Prof. del Alamo was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator. He is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. He is the recipient of the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices, the Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award, the IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award, the University Researcher Award by Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation, the IPRM Award and the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Electron Device Letters. He is the author of “Integrated Microelectronic Devices: Physics and Modeling” (Pearson 2017, 880 pages), a rigorous and up to date description of transistors and other contemporary microelectronic devices. 

Beth Sanner
For 35 years, Beth Sanner served in a wide range of leadership, staff, policy, and analytic positions in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the U.S. Department of State. She ended her government career in 2021, having served as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration for two years, during which she oversaw collection, analysis, and program oversight throughout the Intelligence Community. In this role, she also was the President’s intelligence briefer. Previously Ms. Sanner was the Director of the President’s Daily Brief, Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and a senior leader in CIA’s Directorate of Analysis. She is currently a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a professor-in-practice at University of Maryland’s Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security, and a CNN national security analyst.


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