Industry Veterans David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose Will Lead Effort to Bring Major Hub of the New National Semiconductor Technology Center to Albany Nanotech Complex

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of David Anderson as president of the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science. Anderson, an industry veteran with decades of experience, will team with Dr. Douglas Grose, past president and former chair of NY CREATES, to lead the State’s strategy for securing billions of dollars in federal funding to establish the Albany Nanotech Complex as a primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center.

“As supply chain concerns and global conflicts continue to impact the production of microchips, New York stands ready to spearhead the revitalization of the semiconductor industry domestically,” Governor Hochul said. “The experience and expertise of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose will play a key role in our efforts to drive the nation’s innovation economy forward as we continue our economic comeback from COVID-19. I look forward to these industry players leading the way and we will remain laser-focused on growing this crucial industry, which will cement New York as the national hub for semiconductor manufacturing.”

David Anderson joins NY CREATES after most recently serving as President for SEMI Americas, a division of SEMI, the leading global industry association for the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain. Anderson brings the knowledge and skills necessary to lead the statewide organization into its next chapter of innovation and success, with his decades of experience in the semiconductor and microelectronics industries, leadership positions with multiple associations and consortia, and expertise on global supply chain issues.

In his role as president, Anderson will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the organization and overseeing a program portfolio that currently consists of 10 sites throughout the state, with expenditures in excess of $350 million annually from current industry and state partners, and federal government research and economic development programs. Anderson will also focus on preparing the Albany Nanotech site to serve the federal government’s needs, including maintaining and growing industry partnerships and advancing initiatives to build new, state-of-the-art cleanroom space.

With federal opportunities at a critical juncture, NY CREATES is also bringing on Dr. Douglas Grose as a consultant. Dr. Grose will focus on collaborating with new and current partners in structuring, directing, and implementing the work necessary to complete a submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP) that includes R&D locations throughout the U.S. and is headquartered at the Albany Nanotech Complex. Dr. Grose’s decades of experience, relationships, and institutional knowledge of both New York and the nation’s semiconductor ecosystem make him uniquely qualified to serve in this important role.

NY CREATES President David Anderson said, “It is an honor to join Governor Hochul and the New York Team during this challenging, but exciting time for the semiconductor industry. Our organization is in a prime position to help the nation and one of my top priorities will be growing and preparing the Albany Nanotech Complex for the role it will serve as part of the NSTC. At NY CREATES, I look forward to working with our partners in industry, government, and academia, to foster new and innovative R&D initiatives and generate economic opportunities across New York State.”

Dr. Douglas Grose said, “The legislation under consideration by Congress represents a historic investment in American innovation and ingenuity, and we must be prepared to respond. New York and its partners can take a lead role with its world-class infrastructure and proven track record in joint research and development and public-private partnerships, however, we understand we can’t do it alone. I look forward to working with our broad coalition and establishing new partnerships as we develop a proposal for the Federal government that secures funding and establishes New York as a major hub of the NSTC.”

In order to tackle the global semiconductor shortage, Congress is advancing legislation including the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which, among other things, would fully fund the $52 billion Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act (CHIPS Act). The CHIPS Act presents the most significant opportunity in a generation for the U.S. to re-emerge as a global leader in microelectronics R&D, workforce education and training, and supply chain transformation by establishing the NSTC and building new domestic manufacturing facilities.

New York State, due to its infrastructure, workforce, and history of public-private partnerships, is uniquely positioned to support the federal government’s commitment to focusing on semiconductor research and development and is working with a broad coalition of partners from industry, government, academia, and national laboratories to support the initiative. Last month, New York joined with more than 50 organizations from nearly 20 states, including ASML, Microsoft, Applied Materials, TEL, SUNY, MIT, Howard University, IBM and others, to launch the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC) with a shared, national vision of an NSTC that will accelerate semiconductor R&D and grow America’s edge in semiconductor innovation. 

The centerpiece of New York’s strategy is the Albany Nanotech Complex – the most advanced, publicly-owned 300mm semiconductor R&D facility in North America and one of the most advanced sites in the world. The $15 billion site, with tenants like Applied Materials, IBM, and TEL, and a workforce of more than 2,700 industry experts, staff, students, and faculty, has a successful record of managing open-access R&D consortia with corporate and academic partners in the hundreds across the state and the U.S. It’s also where major semiconductor industry breakthroughs have been achieved, including the world’s first 7 nanometer (nm), 5nm, and 2nm chip technology, Artificial Intelligence hardware, and integrated photonics. Two of the world’s top three fastest supercomputers currently run on technology developed at the Albany Nanotech Complex.

Albany Nanotech and its partners have been fundamental to establishing and growing the semiconductor industry in New York, which has led to the state boasting the third-largest semiconductor ecosystem in the U.S., including 88 semiconductor establishments, an annual wage impact of approximately $5.7 billion, and more than 34,000 direct jobs, as well as global industry leaders like GlobalFoundries, Wolfspeed, Danfoss and onsemi. The Empire State is also home to the most comprehensive higher education system in the country – the State University of New York (SUNY) – as well as two Ivy League universities and a vast network of public and private institutions which, together, graduate more than 40,000 STEM-related degrees each year.

Additionally, New York State has multiple shovel-ready sites primed for investment and new fabs for the semiconductor industry, with developed infrastructure and plentiful power, water and sewer capacity. These sites include White Pine in Central New York, Marcy Nanocenter in the Mohawk Valley, and STAMP in Western New York. In an effort to attract more chip production to New York, Governor Hochul recently launched the new FAST NY program, which makes up to $200 million available for growing high-tech industries, particularly semiconductor manufacturing.

New York State Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President and CEO-designate Hope Knight said, “The groundbreaking advancements that have been made at the Albany Nanotech Complex are a testament to the valuable partnership that exists between all levels of government, academia and private industry.  There is no better place for the headquarters for the National Semiconductor Technology Center than in Albany and I am extremely confident that this team of David Anderson and Doug Grose have the knowledge, expertise and leadership to continue the excellence that we expect from NY CREATES, especially as we navigate the global chip shortage.

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, “New York is an innovation hub like no other, fostering groundbreaking public and private partnerships regionally and nationwide, expanding educational opportunities, and developing chips that power everyday life for all Americans. Through close collaboration with industry and partner universities – empowered by investment from the State of New York – we are home to a one-of-a-kind 300mm prototyping facility, the workforce needed for the U.S. to establish itself as the global semiconductor leader, and the academic programs that train the next generation of workers. I thank Governor Hochul for bringing together a leadership team in David Anderson and Doug Grose that will build even further on this work and cement Albany Nanotech’s status as the national hub for semiconductor research and development.”

Senator Chuck Schumer said, “Today’s announcement that these top industry leaders will lead New York’s semiconductor development validates and supports my goal to make the Albany Nanotech Complex America’s leading hub for chip research and development.  When I wrote the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and the historic $52 billion in new federal semiconductor incentives, which will create the National Semiconductor Technology Center, I always had our Nanotech Complex at the front of mind. That’s why I personally brought Secretary Raimondo and Deputy Secretary Graves to Albany to see how Upstate New York is uniquely suited to lead the revival of the U.S. chip industry, supercharge American leadership in technology and manufacturing, and bring countless new, good-paying additional jobs to the Capital Region.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “NY CREATES is a world-class innovation hub and will play a key part in our efforts to combat the global shortage of semiconductors. Congratulations to David Anderson on his appointment and I look forward to working together to strengthen domestic manufacturing and support research and development in New York.”

Representative Jerrold Nadler said, “I am thrilled that Governor Hochul is prioritizing the research, development and production of semiconductors. These new appointments will ensure New York is properly positioned to lead the charge to solve the global semi conductor shortage. I am proud to have supported the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act which will help New York, and the country, remain a global leader in technology and R&D.”

Representative Carolyn Maloney said, “I congratulate David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose on their appointments to lead NY CREATES. They both bring a wealth of knowledge and dedication to make New York State the leading hub for semiconductor research and development. At the federal level, I am proud and excited to be a NY CREATES partner by championing the America COMPETES Act, a bold legislative package which will make necessary new investments in research, innovation, and American manufacturing. This package will accelerate the production of critical semiconductor chips in the United States, strengthen the supply chain by making more goods at home, turbocharge our research capacity to lead the technologies of the future, and advance our global competitiveness, all while supporting strong labor standards and human rights.”

Representative Paul Tonko said, “Our Capital Region is home to pioneering research and manufacturing centers that will play a key role in driving the semiconductor industry to new heights. I’m fighting hard to deliver federal investments in this field, including advancing our America COMPETES Act—which includes my Micro Act to support research and development of microelectronics, as well as significant funding for the historic CHIPS for America Act. I applaud Governor Hochul on her bold leadership and look forward to working alongside her to secure resources that will enable our region to lead the nation and world in semiconductor manufacturing.”

Representative Joe Morelle said, “New York has always been a leader in high-tech innovation, and the NY CREATES team will help further cement that legacy by advancing critical research and development in the semiconductor and microelectronics industries. I’m proud to have been appointed to the Conference Committee to advance the federal America COMPETES and USICA legislation that will leverage assets like this to benefit our national economy. I’m grateful to Governor Hochul for her partnership and look forward to the work ahead to strengthen America’s global competitiveness, grow our economic interests, and bolster our workforce.”

Representative Jamaal Bowman said, “I share Governor Hochul’s vision for making New York our nation’s center of semiconductor innovation. In addition, I have been fighting in Congress to bring home federal investments in this space that will be truly and equitably transformative. I look forward to working with the Governor and her new team to bring these jobs to communities that need them, fully unleash the high-tech brilliance of our state, and give every New Yorker a seat at the table in building the next economy.”

State Senator Neil Breslin said, “The Governor has announced two prominent leaders, David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose, to guide the Albany Nanotech Complex’s semiconductor strategy. Mr. Anderson and Dr. Grose are the leaders that the Albany Nanotech Complex needs in order to bring increased semiconductor business to New York State, along with the advantages this highly skilled job industry brings to our region.”

Assemblymember John T. McDonald III said,“Congratulations to the new leadership team on spearheading the charge for the Albany Nanotech Complex. These experienced leaders will ensure that Albany Nanotech will continue to grow and to be on the forefront of emerging industries and opportunities. Albany Nanotech, an idea supported by the Assembly over 20 years ago, has grown the technology sector of our economy which has led to private sector investment and career jobs that have fortified and expanded our Capital Region economy.  The new leadership team I believe is the right mix as our federal government is recognizing our assets and strengths which I believe will lead to greater federal and private investment here in our region and throughout New York.   Thank you to Governor Hochul for continuing to solidify New York’s place as a leader in the semiconductor field.”

Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, “New York State and the Capital Region continue to cement themselves as the national leader in artificial intelligence and the technology of tomorrow. The appointments of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose furthers this mission and will help to establish Albany Nanotech Complex as the primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center. Combined with yesterday’s announcement of a re-built Wadsworth Laboratory, we are well-poised to transform the state’s Harriman Office Campus and to catapult the Capital Region into the nation’s next research triangle.”

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner said, “I applaud the addition of David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose to the State’s ongoing progress in nurturing the semiconductor industry in New York State. Their knowledge and experience will help move these projects and technology forward to the benefit of the industry and the people of this state. New York has all the tools and resources necessary to implement cutting edge research and development, and the commitment to this caliber of leadership will strengthen the State’s position in this critical and developing field.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said, “Simply put, there is no other place better positioned in this country to locate the National Semiconductor Technology Center than Albany County. Between Albany Nanotech, and SUNY Poly College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and a number of key industry leaders, we are ready to hit the ground running and ensure that the U.S. can produce desperately needed microchips, which will in turn drive down the price of many consumer goods and help us compete with China. Governor Hochul deserves credit for bringing together this team that has the knowledge and experience to potentially make New York the center of the entire semiconductor industry.”

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “I want to welcome David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose as the new leaders in the effort to establish the Albany Nanotech Complex as a primary research and development hub and the headquarters of the proposed National Semiconductor Technology Center. David Anderson and Dr. Douglas Grose are proven leaders in the industry and they bring the knowledge and expertise necessary to lead the New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science into its next chapter of innovation and success. I applaud Governor Hochul for appointing these accomplished strategic leaders to spearhead this exciting and critical effort to secure billions of dollars in federal funding and maintain the Capital Region status as a major hub for semiconductor research and development.”

During his tenure at SEMI Americas, Anderson was responsible for accelerating industry standards, advocacy, community development, expositions, and programs and managed and nurtured relationships with SEMI members in the U.S. and around the globe, as well as with local associations and constituents in industry, government, and academia. He has held leadership positions at Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, the Semiconductor Industry Suppliers Association, and SEMATECH. Anderson was also CEO and chairman of Novati Technologies, and previously held executive leadership positions for development foundries ATDF and SVTC Technologies. Anderson has a BS MSE from Purdue University and an MBA from Nasson College with advanced Doctoral studies in Industrial Engineering at Arizona State University.

Dr. Grose is the past president and former chair of NY CREATES, and now joins the organization for a six-month term as an independent contractor. He has built a successful career spanning decades in semiconductors and advanced microelectronics. From 2006 through 2009, Dr. Grose served as Senior Vice President of Technology Development, Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Advanced Micro Devices. In this role, he helped direct the formation of GlobalFoundries in Upstate New York, which is currently the second-largest pure-play semiconductor foundry. He served as the founding CEO of GlobalFoundries and directed the expansion of leading-edge technology capacity in Singapore, Germany and New York. Dr. Grose graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA and a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering.