NSF Workshop Overview

US academic integrated circuit (IC) design education and research are facing challenges in many dimensions including access to process models and fabrication, cost of fabrication, the complexity of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) flows, declining enrollments, and the loss of instructional project support from MOSIS. At the same time, foreign competitors, especially China, are investing heavily in IC fabrication, design, and education, leading to increased competition and national security risks. We are hosting two workshops to gather needs from academics, and insights from industry hiring managers as well as IC fabrication and EDA tool companies to develop a vision for the future. To this aim, are having an initial virtual workshop on October 14-15, 2021 for information gathering followed by an in-person (invitation only) workshop May 20-21, 2022 to create a detailed plan and outcome report.

Virtual Workshop Registration

Registration for the virtual workshop is open, but is limited to 100 participants.

In-Person Workshop Invitations

Invitations will be sent to up to 40 participants for the in-person workshop as a result of the virtual workshop outcomes.


For all inquiries, please contact Prof. Matthew Guthaus at mrg@ucsc.edu.