Spring 2023 Industry Workshop & Advisory Board Meeting

Spring 2023 Industry Workshop & Advisory Board Meeting

April 20-21, 2023
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus
Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Room 3002

How can universities, industry and national labs work together to create the next-generation of energy-efficient, high-performance semiconductors? Learn how we can partner to meet the U.S.’s CHIPS Act goals at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Join us as we discuss cutting-edge semiconductors and microelectronics research at Illinois and engage with students at the joint poster session and recruitment event. You will also meet top semiconductor industry, national lab, and DoD members. Registration is free.



Please contact Shaloo Rakheja (rakheja@illinois.edu) or Qing Cao (qingcao2@illinois.edu) or Irfan Ahmad (isahmad@illinois.edu) for more information or Steve Zahos (szahos@illinois.edu) for travel arrangements.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn in Urbana for this event. The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Lab. You can access the reservation portal online.


Day 1 April 20, 2023
7:30-8:15 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:15-8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks
Melanie Loots, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation 
Rashid Bashir, Dean, GCOE
Harley Johnson, Associate Dean for Research, GCOE

8:30-9:05 AM

Kickoff Meeting Goals & ASAP Vision, Capabilities, Value Proposition
Shaloo Rakheja, Director of ASAP Center
Qing Cao, Associate Director of ASAP Center

9:05-9:20 AM

Illinois Leadership in Semiconductor and Microelectronics Research 
Harley Johnson, Associate Dean for Research, GCOE
Laurel Passantino, Assistant Dean for Research, GCOE

9:20-10:10 AM

NSF IUCRC Presentation
Crystal Leach
, NSF IUCRC Program Manager 
Todd Abraham, NSF External Evaluator

10:10-10:30 AM BREAK
10:30-12:30 PM

Project Presentations 
Theme 1: Materials Discovery for Next-Generation Electrical and Optical Interconnects
Theme 2: Heterogeneous Integration 

12:30-1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30-3:30 PM

Project Presentations 
Theme 2 (continued): Heterogeneous Integration
Theme 3: Circuits and Architectures for Highly Energy-Efficient Computing 

3:30-3:40 PM PM Presentation by Office of Technology Management (OTM)
Michelle Chitambar
, Senior Technology Manager
3:40-3:50 PM


3:50-4:15 PM

Research and Capabilities at UT Austin – ASAP’s Potential Second Site
Xiuling Li
, Professor, UT Austin

4:15-4:30 PM

Review of Evening and Day 2 Activities
Steve Zahos
, ASAP Operations Manage

4:30-5:20 PM

IAB Organizational Meeting and Formative Discussion 

Impressions of Day 1
Day 2 Project Voting Process
Project Management & Mentoring
Framework for Selected Projects
Election of IAB Chair and Vice-Chair
(IAB Members and NSF Only)

5:30-7:00 PM

Technical Forum and Networking

Poster presentations by students (3rd floor ECEB)

7:00 PM

Dinner (3rd floor ECEB)

Keynote from Dr. Kashyap Yellai, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Program Manager


Day 2 April 21, 2023
7:30-8:00 AM Arrival and Breakfast
8:00-8:10 AM

Day 2 Opening Remarks 
Bruce Hajek, Head, Electrical and Computer Engineering

8:10-8:30 AM

Workforce Development

Shaloo Rakheja, ASAP Director

8:30-9:50 AM Project Feedback
9:50-10:00 AM BREAK
10:00-11:15 AM

Closed IAB Meeting
NSF and Industry

Parallel Faculty Meeting
Center Director, Associate Director, and PIs

11:15-11:45 AM

IAB Report Out and Discussion IAB, Center Leadership, Faculty, and Staff

11:45-12:00 PM Summary and Closing Remarks
12:00 PM


Boxed lunches will be provided. 

12:15 PM Lab Tours (optional)
Glennys Mensing, Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory
Mauro Sardela, Materials Research Laboratory
Dane Sievers, Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs