Attracting and Developing a Skilled Workforce for the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020
Time: 1 pm ET

To maintain global semiconductor industry leadership and ensure America wins the worldwide race to develop and implement the technologies of the future, the U.S. semiconductor industry needs a highly skilled workforce. Indeed, the U.S. semiconductor industry’s innovation edge rests on the efforts of scientists and engineers to develop innovative products that are better than the competition both here and abroad. A recently-released white paper by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) comprehensively explores the composition of the U.S. semiconductor workforce as well as assesses workforce policy options for protecting and promoting technological competitiveness going forward.

Please join a panel of industry experts for a conversation about the report and the current workforce challenges facing our industry. Panelists include: Will Hunt, Research Analyst at CSET; Remco Zwetsloot, Research Fellow at CSET; April Arnzen, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Micron Technology; and Maryam Cope, Director of Government Affairs at SIA. The session will be moderated by Falan Yinug, Director of Industry Statistics and Economy Policy at SIA.


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Will Hunt
Research Analyst and CSET report coauthor 
Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Will Hunt is a Research Analyst at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) focusing on semiconductor workforce and supply chain issues. He is also a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously worked at the University of Oxford and the AI Security Initiative at the Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, and he holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.


Remco Zwetsloot
Research Fellow and CSET report coauthor 
Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Remco Zwetsloot is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) focused on global talent flows in AI and their policy implications. He is also a Research Affiliate and Ph.D. (D.Phil.) Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Center for the Governance of AI. He has previously worked at OpenAI and holds degrees from Yale University (M.Phil., Political Science), the University of Oxford (M.Phil., International Relations) and University College Roosevelt (B.A., Social Science).


April Arnzen
Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer
Micron Technology, Inc.

April Arnzen is senior vice president and chief people officer at Micron Technology. She is responsible for leading Micron’s people strategy and establishing a culture that embraces performance, growth and inclusion for our global diverse workforce. She was appointed to her current position in 2015 and most recently named chief people officer in 2020.
Since joining Micron in 1996, Ms. Arnzen has held various positions of increased responsibility and worked across many functions within Human Resources. She has led the transformation of many of Micron’s people programs, with a strong focus on those that enable a high performing and learning culture, human resources business partners that connect business strategy with people strategy, engaging rewards that build financial, physical and emotional health and leadership development programs that aim to create world-class leaders. She is also passionate about strengthening diversity, equality and inclusion in Micron and the communities in which we live and work. Prior to her current position, she was the global director of Micron’s human resources business partner organization.

Ms. Arnzen earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and marketing from the University of Idaho. In 2018, she graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program. An avid champion for education, Ms. Arnzen serves her communities on two non-profit education boards and is frequently a speaker in women’s leadership forums.


Maryam Cope
Director, Government Affairs
Semiconductor Industry Association

Maryam Cope is director of government affairs at SIA. In this role, Maryam works closely with industry, Congress, and the Administration to advance key legislative and regulatory priorities related to semiconductor research and technology, high-skilled immigration, and product security.

Maryam brings over a decade of technology policy and advocacy experience to SIA. Prior to SIA, she was managing partner for the technology practice at GoldsteinCope Policy Solutions. She also established the technology policy practice at the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Maryam also worked at the Information Technology Industry Council, where she led advocacy efforts in the areas of cybersecurity, encryption, and supply chain security.


Falan Yinug
Director, Industry Statistics and Economic Policy
Semiconductor Industry Association

Falan Yinug is director of industry statistics and economic policy at SIA. Responsible for managing SIA’s statistics and data program, Yinug represents SIA in the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program, which maintains industry-driven monthly sales data for the global industry as well as sales forecasts. His work also entails supporting SIA’s advocacy efforts through economic research and analysis.