Semiconductor Workforce Development: A Policy Blueprint



How Semiconductors Enable 5G, a Driver of U.S. Economic Growth

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time: 2-3 pm EDT

One exciting technology that semiconductors are enabling is the 5th generation mobile network, known colloquially as 5G. What makes 5G such an exciting technology is, similar to semiconductors themselves, it is a foundational technology that offers tremendous potential to profoundly impact the U.S. economy. According to a recent Accenture study, between 2021 and 2025, 5G will drive up to $2.7 trillion in total new sales across all major industries in the United States, create or transform up to 16 million jobs, and drive up to $1.5 trillion in GDP. And semiconductor technology is at the heart of enabling 5G’s transformative impact on the U.S. economy.

Please join a panel of industry experts for a conversation on how semiconductors are enabling the 5G revolution and what 5G means for the U.S. economy. Panelists include Jefferson Wang, Global 5G Lead for Accenture Strategy; David Robertson, Fellow and Senior Technology Director, Automotive, Communications, and Aerospace Group at Analog Devices, Inc.; and Charles Schroeder, NI Fellow at NI. The session will be moderated by Falan Yinug, Director of Industry Statistics and Economy Policy at SIA.


5G Economic Impact White Paper
Jefferson Wang, Accenture

High Performance Semiconductors for “the Edge”
David Robertson, Analog Devices, Inc.

Enabling the 5G / 6G Ecosystem
Charles Schroeder, NI



Thursday, July 8, 2021




Jefferson Wang
Accenture’s Global 5G Lead
Accenture Strategy

Jefferson is the lead author of the best-selling book, “The Future Home in the 5G Era,” the first book written with the user at the center of the 5G story. Jefferson is Accenture’s Global 5G Lead, focused on the convergence of business and technology. For over two decades, Jefferson has worked with network operators, original equipment manufacturers, content owners, and technology providers to create executable growth strategies through the end-to-end product lifecycle.

Jefferson builds businesses on his belief that success comes from big picture thinking mixed with detail-oriented execution. His ability to identify new patterns in technology helps his clients navigate constant change and uncertainty. He works with global leaders to break down complex problems into compelling stories, define a roadmap of use cases based on capabilities, create innovative business models and identify creative growth opportunities.


David Robertson
Fellow, Senior Technology Director, Automotive, Communications, and Aerospace Group
Analog Devices

Since joining Analog Devices as a new college hire in 1985, Dave Robertson has worked in mixed signal data conversion circuits and system ASICs for defense, communications, consumer and automotive systems. He holds 15 US patents and more than a dozen published peer reviewed technical papers. He is a senior member of the IEEE.



Charles Schroeder
NI Fellow

As a business and technology fellow, Charles Schroeder works across the company on key business and technology-driven initiatives. Schroeder consults with executive leaders and department heads, including those from marketing, sales, and R&D, to drive the company’s strategic direction, development, and future growth. With a focus on long-term innovation best practices and processes, he currently leads NI’s efforts to find ground-breaking solutions to the test challenges introduced by the adoption of 5G cellular technologies.

Since joining NI in 1995, Schroeder has held various positions, including vice president of product marketing for RF and wireless communications and leadership roles across the RF, modular instruments, DAQ, and IMAQ Vision product lines. He is recognized for his excellent communication and presentation skills as demonstrated by his regular appearances on the NIWeek stage.

Schroeder holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.


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.