The Department of Commerce (DoC) announced on Sept. 29 the appointment of 24 members to its Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) – a group that will provide advice on activities funded through the CHIPS for America Act.

The committee is packed full of leaders from a broad range of disciplines who will guide DoC on the science and technology needs of the nation’s domestic microelectronics industry, the national strategy on microelectronics research, research and development programs, and opportunities for new public-private partnerships.

Mike Splinter will chair the committee. He was previously CEO of chipmaker Applied Materials, and is currently a general partner at investment firm WISC Partners.

The IAC’s vice-chair, Susan Feindt, is a senior fellow at semiconductor maker Analog Devices, where she has worked since 1987.

“CHIPS for America is a once-in-a-generation investment that will position the United States to lead the world in semiconductor research, manufacturing, design, entrepreneurship, and innovation for decades to come,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The experienced and diverse group of accomplished leaders on the Industrial Advisory Committee will help guide our approach to semiconductor research and innovation as we strengthen America’s global competitiveness.”

The remaining 22 committee members are a mixture of academics and leading experts in the private sector of the microelectronics field, including the semiconductor industry, Federal laboratories, and technology companies, among others.

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Cate Burgan is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.