SILICON DESERT — An Oasis of Innovation

Amkor Technology is a proud sponsor of the upcoming SEMI Arizona Virtual Forum event “SILICON DESERT — An Oasis of Innovation” on November 17, 2021, from 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM PST.

Since the early 1950s, Arizona has been an oasis in the desert for tech companies, with many established names making their home here. Today, with the recent enactment of the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors—CHIPS for America Act, aimed at incentivizing U.S. semiconductor technology leadership and manufacturing, strengthening supply chains, and re-establishing U.S. trade leadership, the greater Phoenix area has never been more attractive.

Given the benefits of reasonable land prices, stable infrastructure, generous state and city incentives, highly recognized universities, a skilled workforce, and a lack of natural disasters, it’s easy to see why many companies are choosing Arizona for expansion, relocation, or a startup.

Join the SEMI Arizona Chapter on November 17, 2021, to see what Arizona has to offer and how our ecosystem is growing!


10:05-10:25 AM KEYNOTE – “Arizona Goes SEMI-Pro” Brian Sherman, Chief Innovation Officer, Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
10:25-10:40 AM “Increasing America’s Capacity to Compete” Jason Bagley, Sr Dir, State Government Relations, Intel
10:55-11:10 AM “Building Semiconductor Materials Capability in AZ to Support the US Semiconductor Industry” Laura Matz, PhD
Chief Technical Officer, EMD Electronics
11:10-11:25 AM “Developing Talent for the Semiconductor Ecosystem” Terry Alford, Professor, Arizona State University

11:25 AM-12:15 PM “Panel Discussion—Why Are Companies Choosing Arizona For Expansion?

Moderator: Brian Sherman, Chief Innovation Officer, Arizona Commerce Authority

  • Kevin Engel, CVP, Flip Chip & Wafer Level Products, Amkor Technology
  • Scott Wiberg, General Manager, DUV Customer Service Senior Manager, ASML
  • Jason Bagley, Senior Director, State Government Relations, Intel Corporation
  • Geno Fallico, Vice President of Operations, Chandler Fab, NXP Semiconductors
  • Laura French, Director, State Government Relations, TSMC


Member Price: $49
Non-Member Price: $99
Students: FREE

When: November 17, 2021 Where: VIRTUAL Location: VIRTUAL

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