SEMI Board Member Testifies to U.S. Senate; Advocates for Advanced Manufacturing
Washington, D.C. — Dr. Terry Brewer, president and founder of Brewer Science, who also serves as a member of the SEMI North America Advisory Board (NAAB), testified today in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to give his views on the need for federal government support of advanced manufacturing.
“Historically, the government has helped to create an environment where entrepreneurs can succeed, allowing the private sector to successfully develop emerging technologies, which lead to new products and new advanced manufacturing jobs, “ Dr. Brewer explained. “Public-private partnerships have also had a big impact on developing many technology-focused aspects of our economy.”
The hearing entitled, “The Role of Manufacturing Hubs in a 21st Century Innovation Economy,” highlighted legislation, S. 1468, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, which is sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) (photo on left). The bill is designed to bring together industry, universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to accelerate manufacturing innovation. It would establish public-private institutes to bridge the gap between basic research and product development. This legislation is supported by SEMI.
“Other countries see the value of attracting the businesses and people that embrace advanced manufacturing to their locations,” testified Brewer. “When our government provides the leadership and support needed to coordinate the establishment of advanced manufacturing hubs that embrace diversity in location and technology in the United States, our people, communities, and businesses will grow and provide the foundation for us to solve our next unforeseen challenges.”
In addition to Dr. Brewer, the committee also heard testimony from U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, who specifically mentioned the semiconductor industry as a role model for success in public-private partnerships. The committee also heard testimony from:
- Mr. Eric A. Spiegel, president and CEO, Siemens Corporation
- Dr. Martin A. Schmidt, associate Provost and acting Provost, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Mr. Michael S. Garvey, president and CEO, M-7 Technologies
All of the speakers agreed that public private partnerships, like the ones laid out in S.1468, are a good role for the federal government to play in boosting advanced manufacturing in the United States.
November 14, 2013