How to Start Your Journey Towards a Purdue Semiconductor Credential

Purdue has developed two opportunities for students interested to learn more about the microelectronics industry and pursue a semiconductor concentration, minor, or certificate.

The Changing the World with Chips - Introduction to Semiconductors is an interactive, seminar based, one-credit hour course to introduce semiconductor technology, its role in our life, impact, and career opportunities to science and engineering students.

Every week there will be one fifty-minutes session where industry representatives will discuss relevant semiconductor products, company profiles, career prospects, and answer questions from students. The course is open to students from the College of Engineering, School of Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Physics and Math.

WEDNESDAYS - 4:30 PM - 5:20 PM EST - WALC1018

ENGR 10301 Introduction to Semiconductors Course Flyer

Watch Course Video: Purdue Changing the World with Chips

Professor Hussain and SkyWater
Panel discussions with Purdue alumni who have founded semiconductor related starts-ups

This course will be offered starting with Spring 2023; instructors will be Professor Muhammad Hussain and Joe Tort. To enroll students should contact their advisor. For questions, contact

Purdue Summer Training, Awareness, and Readiness for Semiconductors (STARS) is an eight-week program that will be offered in summer 2023 to develop deep-tech skills like IC design, fabrication, and packaging, and semiconductor device and materials characterization. The STARS program will have two tracks: chip design and semiconductor manufacturing, and is envisioned as the equivalent of a summer internship. Students in each track will participate in hands on activities in the Scifres Nanotechnology Cleanroom. Participants will receive a $10,000 stipend; students who intend to earn up to 6 credit hours will be responsible to cover the tuition from the stipend. The program will run from May 15 to July 7, 2023.

Preference for STARS will be given to Purdue students who are enrolled in the Changing the World with Chips - Introduction to Semiconductors course. To apply visit here. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. For STARS questions, contact

Semiconductor Industry Appeal: As of May 2023, we have received STARS support from Intel, Cisco, Synopsys, L3Harris, SK Hynix, SkyWater, Texas Instruments, Western Digital, and TSMC. We are seeking additional sponsors to ensure at least 75 students can receive this training in summer 2023. We are also looking for support for summer 2024 and beyond. If your company would like to sponsor STARS, please contact Cristina Farmus, Additional details available here.