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Sen. Hatch’s Innovation Agenda Would Strengthen U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Feb 16, 2017 6:30:00 PM

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, today unveiled his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress during an event at the U.S. Capitol. Many of the initiatives highlighted in Sen. Hatch’s plan align closely with the U.S. semiconductor industry’s policy priorities, including reforming America’s corporate tax system, investing in basic research, protecting intellectual property (IP), strengthening America’s tech workforce, and promoting the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). Advancing these initiatives would strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry, the broader tech sector, and our economy. We applaud Sen. Hatch for his longstanding leadership on tech priorities.

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Topics: immigration, IP, tax, research, STEM, IoT

Secretary Clinton’s Tech Platform Highlights Key Semiconductor Priorities

Posted by David Isaacs, Vice President, Government Affairs on Jun 28, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiled a set of policy initiatives aimed at bolstering U.S. technology and innovation leadership. SIA welcomes attention from the presidential candidates on policies to strengthen the semiconductor industry and the broader tech sector. Secretary Clinton’s plan embraces a number of the semiconductor industry’s longstanding priorities, including the following:

1) Increasing the research budgets of federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and DARPA;
2) Reforming America’s outdated high-skilled immigration system;
3) Rebuilding U.S. leadership in high-performance computing;
4) Continuing key reforms of the U.S. export control system; and
5) Expanding investments in STEM education programs.

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Topics: immigration, trade, research, export, STEM, exports

Gaming, Semiconductors and the 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Caroline Kazmierski, Director, Communications and Marketing on Jul 31, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Earlier this week we teamed up with AMD and the Entertainment Software Association to demonstrate to Members of Congress and their staffs how gaming is advancing STEM education. Showcasing the advancements in gaming turned out to be a hit with congressional staff, in part because they got to play this game on a huge screen!

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Topics: education, STEM, Tech Boot Camp

Three Reasons Congress Should Close the Innovation Deficit

Posted by Dustin Todd, Director, Government Affairs on Apr 29, 2014 11:00:00 AM

The Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing today about the need to close America’s innovation deficit – the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education. SIA joined a broad coalition in submitting written testimony urging Congress to close the innovation deficit.

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Topics: Innovation Deficit, technology, research, STEM

SIA Promotes STEM Education through Discover Engineering Family Day

Posted by Devi Keller, Director, Global Policy on Feb 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Strengthening America’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a perennial priority for SIA. SIA has long engaged in efforts to ensure that the U.S. develops and retains future generations of top scientific minds, including through advocacy for national initiatives to bolster STEM education and through direct participation in programs that get kids interested in technology at a young age. 

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Topics: education, technology, research, innovation, engineering, STEM

Why small is really big

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on May 9, 2013 8:00:00 PM

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Topics: Nanoelectronics, NSF, NIST, research, innovation, Nanotechnology, SRC, Federal funding, STEM

President's Budget Calls for Investments in Research, STEM Education

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on Apr 10, 2013 9:00:00 AM


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Topics: research, STEM

Discover Engineering Family Day Helps Spur Kids' Interest in Technology

Posted by Ian Steff, Vice President, Global Policy and Technology Partnerships on Feb 14, 2013 7:00:00 PM

The 20th annual Discover Engineering Family Day (DEFD) will be held tomorrow, Feb. 16, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. DEFD is a fun way to introduce students between the ages of 4 and 12 to the world of technology and show them how professional engineers turn ideas into reality. The event, which attracts thousands of people and kicks off National Engineers Week activities in the nation’s capital, provides a great opportunity to spur young people’s interest in the so called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Topics: research, STEM

Funding the Innovation Engine

Posted by Brian Toohey, SIA President and CEO on Mar 18, 2012 8:00:00 PM

Last week representatives from the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NASA, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing entitled, "Keeping America Competitive Through Investments in R&D".  You can watch the full hearing here,

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