Vision: To connect and mobilize the University of Arizona’s community of faculty and students to develop advanced technology solutions and workforce training programs for semiconductor manufacturing that advance sustainable economic development, national security and to expand the number of well-paid jobs in Arizona.

Mission: To coordinate and facilitate an institutional focus on meeting the needs of commercial and defense stakeholders and securing the needed external resources to develop multidisciplinary R&D solutions and workforce training programs that are responsive to semiconductor sector needs.

Research and Development

CSM leverages the considerable existing strengths and talents across the UArizona campus, drawing from units with a vested interest in workforce and R&D opportunities within the semiconductor sector. CSM provides central coordination and support for cross-campus collaborations in the many areas that support the semiconductor industry.


CSM prepares students to enter a rapidly growing and competitive job market and empowers exceptional UArizona faculty to develop and inform broad, flexible and innovative curriculum


CSM supports career advancement for those already in the semiconductor industry and creates training pathways for working adults currently in other sectors of the economy who are seeking to move into the semiconductor industry.


CSM ensures we continually and strategically invest in equipment as technologies evolve, keeping UArizona on the leading edge of advanced R&D and increasing our development capacity.

Professional Services

The CSM helps to leverage and coordinate UArizona's facilities, equipment, and talent to support the semiconductor industry.


Dr. Liesl Folks

Liesl Folks

Vice President, Semiconductor Strategy

David Hahn smiling wearing a blue shirt and red tie with an Arizona logo pin on his collar

David Hahn

Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering

Carmala Garzione smiling, standing near saguaro cacti in the desert

Carmala Garzione

Dean, College of Science

Thomas Koch smiling wearing a suit

Thomas Koch

Dean, Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Gary Packard smiling, standing in front of a brick building and arched entry

Gary Packard

Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology


Karthik Kannan smiling, wearing a suite and tie

Karthik Kannan

Dean, Eller College of Management

Please direct questions and inquiries to Liesl Folks

Industry Advisory Committee

Our Industry Advisory Committee provides expert and firsthand knowledge of burgeoning workforce and technology needs. Their insights inform our decisions from training and continuing education efforts to equipment acquisition acquisition and research direction.