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.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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