How the Semiconductor Industry Lacks Diversity and How Collaboration Can Drive Better Representation
December 15, 2022

The semiconductor industry has long faced challenges when it comes to diversity and representation. Despite the growing importance of technology and the critical role that the semiconductor industry plays in driving innovation and economic growth, the industry continues to be dominated by a narrow range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

This lack of diversity has significant consequences. It can limit the industry's ability to attract and retain the best talent, hamper innovation and creativity, and create a culture that is less inclusive and less representative of the broader population. Amesite and NAFEO have come up with what they believe is a creative solution to address these challenges and drive better representation in the semiconductor industry. They aim to use Amesite’s technology and services in combination with NAFEO’s network and trusted status with HBCUs and PBIs to streamline delivery of learning to diverse persons.

Amesite Inc. is a leading artificial intelligence software company that offers a cloud-based learning platform for business and education markets. Recently, the company submitted a response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's request for information regarding the design of potential semiconductor and microelectronics innovation manufacturing institutes in the United States. The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act is set to transform the U.S. semiconductor industry by offering a range of supportive funding mechanisms.

With the recent collaboration with NAFEO, Amesite believes it is well-positioned to help fulfill the talent shortages and diversity challenges facing the semiconductor industry. NAFEO CEO and Attorney Lezli Baskerville said, "NAFEO’s collaboration with Amesite will enable a large cohort of diverse persons to attain credentials in growth and high need disciplines, and equally as important, according to the Business Roundtable, new and/or different skills. The persons participating in the NAFEO Amesite collaboration will also have imbued in them the work ethic and cultural mores that are the cornerstones of an HBCU education, including a strong sense of their limitless potential, even in the most competitive industries, like the semiconductor industry."

Amesite Founder and CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, commented, "We are confident that we will be able to provide learning opportunities through the various funding sources that are becoming available, and excited to begin. Amesite and NAFEO have the ability to launch sophisticated technological programs in as little as 24 hours around the globe, and are targeting funding for HBCUs and PBIs, to improve the diversity of the semiconductor workforce."

Overall, the Amesite and NAFEO collaboration is an example of how organizations are coming up with creative solutions to drive diversity and ensure that their workforce is representative of a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. By leveraging their proven SaaS collaboration, Amesite and NAFEO believe they are well-positioned to help the U.S. lead in the semiconductor industry and address the talent shortages and diversity challenges facing the industry.