Texas state officials and Sematech (www.sematech.org) are planning to set up a $200 million semiconductor research center in Austin, hoping that more than 4,000 new high-tech jobs will be generated in the next 10 years. The Advanced Materials Research Center, to be headed by the University of Texas system and other Texas universities, will focus on leading-edge materials and capabilities for next-generation semiconductors, as well as cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and other related high-tech areas.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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