Director of Technology Policy
Focus: Research and Development, Technology, Workforce
Eric Breckenfeld is the director of technology policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), where he directs SIA’s research and development activities as well as the association’s education and workforce development efforts. Prior to joining SIA, Eric was a Lead Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton where he served as a consultant for predominantly U.S. defense clients, including DARPA and the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command in the areas of electronic materials and device physics, robotics and autonomy, and hardware/supply chain security. Before joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Eric was an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the White House’s National Nanotechnology Initiative where he led the Sustainable Nanomanufacturing and Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond initiatives. Previously, Eric was a National Research Council Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory.
Eric received his B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He remains very passionate about STEM education outreach and improving the public’s STEM literacy. Toward this, he helped found a board game design competition with the Champaign Urbana Design Organization (CUDO) called “CUDO Plays” which teaches the public to use makerspace tools, and which is still running today.