Christina DiMarino joined the Virginia Tech Office of Research and Innovation’s "Curious Conversations" podcast to chat about semiconductors, the importance of packaging in onshoring their production, and what Virginia Tech is doing to excel workforce development in this field.

About DiMarino

DiMarino is an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and assistant director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Power Electronics Systems, located at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.

Three takeaways from the conversation

  • Power electronics and semiconductors have long been a part of our everyday lives, but the recent chips shortage have put them in the spotlight. 
  • Advanced packaging is critical to getting the best performance out of semiconductors, much like engineers optimize automobiles to get the best performance out of engines. While about 10 percent of semiconductors are manufactured in the U.S., DiMarino said only about 3 percent of packaging for semiconductors takes place domestically.. 
  • DiMarino is working with students as young as high school age to help prepare the needed workforce for this industry. 

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About the podcast

"Curious Conversations" is a series of free-flowing conversations that take place at the intersection of world-class research and everyday life. Produced by Virginia Tech's Office of Research and Innovation and hosted by writer and editor Travis Williams, university researchers share their expertise and motivations, as well as the practical applications of their work, during interviews that more closely resemble chats at a cookout than classroom lecture. New episodes will publish each Tuesday throughout the fall.

If you know of an expert (or are that expert) who’d make for a great conversation, email Williams, today.

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