Purdue’s College of Engineering is launching the nation’s largest and most comprehensive set of degrees and credentials in semiconductors and microelectronics. Available for undergraduate and graduate students, the Semiconductor Degrees Program is designed to facilitate a quick ramp-up of skilled talent in the field. The courses will incorporate Synopsys EDA software as part of the hands-on instruction. Synopsys experts will also help set up flows based on research goals, so the students and professors can focus on the research at hand.
In addition, the introductory freshman course, “Semiconductors 101,” will have opportunities for guest lecturers from industry. Students who meet the requirements will have guaranteed internship or co-op experiences following completion of this course, which leads to semiconductor certificates, concentrations, and minors.
In addition to including concentrations in semiconductors within the school’s traditional master of science (M.S.) degrees, one highlight of the program is an innovative interdisciplinary M.S. degree focused exclusively on semiconductor and microelectronics, with pathways involving Electrical and Computer, Materials, Mechanical, Chemical, Industrial, and Environmental Engineering, just to name a few. Students will be able to learn about chip design and manufacturing as well as the whole semiconductor supply chain.
“We are going to equip students with all of the skills and abilities they need to succeed in this space,” said Dimitrios Peroulis, Purdue’s Michael and Katherine Birck Head and Reilly Professor, Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “The program will serve students at various stages: for example, we’ll train students on campus as well as upskill working professionals who prefer to sharpen their skills online to be more relevant in this industry and to become leaders in this area.”
The Semiconductor Degrees Program is guided by a leadership board of industry senior executives, including Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus, who notes in his endorsement of the program, “For three and a half decades, Synopsys has provided innovative design automation technology and products that catalyze the potential of semiconductor chips. Today, an exciting new era of microelectronics characterized by both scale and systemic complexity is beginning, and Purdue’s new degrees and credentials will equip students with the practical skills needed in this new age. This initiative leads the way with the kind of comprehensive, innovative program that design automation and semiconductor companies, as well as the electronics ecosystem, critically need.”