NIST, Semiconductors, and the CHIPS & Science Act


DrFrank Gayle


Friday, October 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(1-hour seminar, followed by a pizza lunch)


In Person: Room 151, Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Virtual: Via Zoom

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NIST, Semiconductors, and the CHIPS & Science Act


Miki Banu | ISD Associate Chair for Doctoral Education and Research

Collegiate Research Professor | Mechanical Engineering

Judy Jin | ISD Manufacturing Program Director | Professor of IOE


The CHIPS and Science Act was signed into law in August 2022. In this case “CHIPS” stands for Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors. In this once in a lifetime event, the U.S. Congress has appropriated $11 billion for research and development in all aspects of the semiconductor and microelectronics world. The nation has a unique opportunity to bolster the U.S. integrated circuit and packaging production supply chain, and with this effort, we can prepare for long-term U.S. leadership in microelectronics. NIST has been tasked with managing the CHIPS program, and this talk will present the opportunities described in the legislation and the approach that NIST and the Department of Commerce are taking for implementation. In addition, the capabilities of the NIST research labs in metrology and standards support of the microelectronics industry will be described.

Speaker Bio:

DrGayle is Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Manufacturing at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and also Deputy Director of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office.

DrGayle started his career with 11 years in industry, developing aerospace alloys and their manufacturing scale-up processes. He then joined the NIST Metallurgy Division where he spent much of his career, ultimately as Division Chief. As Chief, Dr. Gayle developed major programs in energy, microelectronics, and mechanical properties.

From 2002 through 2007, Dr. Gayle headed the team of experts investigating the structural steel involved in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. The Congressionally directed NIST investigation led to major changes in building codes across the globe, dramatically enhancing building safety.

Dr. Gayle earned an Sc.D. in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and degrees in Civil and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. He was awarded the NIST Diversity award for his work in staff development and outreach to Minority Serving Institutions, and twice won the Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the Department’s highest award. He is a fellow of ASM International and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Member of the World Economic Forum – Global Future Council on Production.