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Ian Steff

Senior Advisor, Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing, IEDC
Office: ARMS


Ian Steff serves as the State of Indiana's Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing. Steff joins the IEDC, the state's lead economic development agency, fresh from the nexus of technology, policy, and economics, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) in Washington, DC. At SIA for nearly a decade, he served as vice president of global policy and technology partnerships. During his tenure, Steff led initiatives that promoted market growth on behalf of American chip designers and manufacturers. He also supported successful technology partnerships between industry, government, and universities to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the nanotechnology era.

In Indiana, Steff oversees strategies to further develop the nanotechnology industry and related advanced manufacturing initiatives. Lux Research estimates that global sales of products containing nanotech components will reach $2.4 trillion in 2015. With its location, excellent economic climate, and access to strong research universities and high-tech community colleges, the state will promote and build upon its existing nanotechnology platform to attract major investments and jobs. Steff manages projects associated with the nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing vertical, business attraction, expansion and retention including the coordination of site visits, and working with local economic development organizations and other organizations/agencies.

Steff graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University where he possesses a B.A. in International Studies. He also studied at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and completed the George Washington University's M.A. program in International Science and Technology Policy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a past recipient of the D.C. NASA Space Consortium Grant.

He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Information Technology Office in Beijing, and on the Executive Committee of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) and the Advisory Board of Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) School of Microelectronics. Steff is on the Board of Directors of the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). He serves on the Dean of Engineering's Advisory Council at Purdue University and the Advisory Council for the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI. Steff is a member of the program committee for the International Nanotechnology Conference (INC) on Communication and Cooperation. Prior to SIA, Steff worked for the U.S. House of Representatives on the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.