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The Consortium

Forging New Pathways

Together, we are collaborating to transform semiconductor-related education to be more accessible and aligned with industry workforce needs.

Open letter from Women Presidents, Deans from Six of America's Leading Research Universities, in Support of CHIPS and Science Act

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The Consortium Founders

Who We Are

We are women presidents and deans of engineering from the nation’s leading research universities and schools of engineering including: Dartmouth, Indiana University, Brown University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Rochester, the University of Washington, and the Olin College of Engineering.

What We Do

The CHIPS and Science Act can only deliver on its promise to strengthen the US semiconductor industry by significantly growing and diversifying our engineering workforce. The EDGE Consortium is committed to forging new pathways into STEM jobs and training so that no one is left behind.

We will work to double the number of industry-ready, trained women and historically marginalized groups by connecting the semiconductor industry to societal impact, creating more varied educational on-ramps, supporting community through cross-university cohorts of students, creating more permeability between higher education and industry, and investing in enhancing hard infrastructure at universities.

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How We Do It

To deliver on our commitment, we will work diligently to:

  • Connect the semiconductor industry to societal impact.
  • Create more varied educational on-ramps.
  • Support community through cross-university cohorts of students.
  • Create more permeability between higher education and industry.
    Enhance hard infrastructure at universities.

How You Can Help:

  • Be a visible advocate for the link between the semiconductor industry and societal impact.
  • Connect students across institutions to establish strong communities for young adults interested in semiconductor-related programming.
  • Partner with universities and engineering schools to establish industry-embedded curricula.
  • Attend the fall summit in Washington, DC on October 24th and align with EDGE members and allies on tangible next steps.
  • Join the alliance and become a member of the EDGE Consortium.
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Founding Members

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University of California Berkely
Dean of Engineering Tsu-Jae King Liu

Tsu-Jae King Liu received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She joined the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Member of Research Staff in 1992, to research and develop high-performance thin-film transistor technologies for flat-panel display applications. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of California, at Berkeley, where she now holds the Roy W. Carlson Distinguished Professorship in Engineering. Her research activities are presently in advanced materials, fabrication processes and devices for energy-efficient electronics. She has authored or co-authored over 500 publications and holds over 90 patents. Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation. Professor Liu's awards include the Ross M. Tucker AIME Electronics Materials Award (1992) for seminal work in polycrystalline silicon-germanium thin films; an NSF CAREER Award (1998) for research in thin-film transistor technology; the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000) for development of the FinFET; the Electrical Engineering Award for Outstanding Teaching at UC Berkeley (2003); the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2010) for contributions to nanoscale MOS transistors, memory devices, and MEMS devices; the UC Berkeley Faculty Mentor Award (2010); the Electrochemical Society Dielectric Science and Technology Division Thomas D. Callinan Award (2011) for excellence in dielectrics and insulation investigations; the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012); the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award (2014); and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award (2016).

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Olin College of Engineering
President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Gilda Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino is the second president of Olin College of Engineering, which is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineering innovators who recognize needs, design solutions and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world.  A chemical engineer by training, Dr. Barabino has pioneered new engineering approaches to problems in medicine and leads national efforts to engage engineers in the development of solutions to health disparities. Prior to becoming president of Olin College, Dr. Barabino served as Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York and held appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering as well as at the City University of New York School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized thought leader on race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering, with a particular focus on creating cultures and climates that support a sense of belonging. She has led a number of initiatives in these areas, including serving as the founder and executive director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity. She is Board Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest interdisciplinary scientific society. In advancing science, engineering and innovation, she and AAAS are committed to science for and by all and engineering for everyone.

Board of Directors

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Program Director, EDGE Consortium
Government and Community Relations
Lesley Nesbitt

Lesley is the Program Director for the EDGE Consortium. She has over 20 years experience in education and academia across all levels from early childhood to tertiary education. Her primary focus has been working with mission-driven independent institutions that seek to improve access for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, neurodivergence, race, or ethnicity. As a seasoned leader of Admissions, Recruiting, Marketing & Communications, and Assessment professionals alike, Lesley leverages her expansive management background to help the Consortium build a broad coalition of committed educators, industry leaders, federal partners, and motivated students.