The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has hired semiconductor industry technology policy specialist Ian Steff to serve as a senior advisor in the fields of nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing.
Steff is coming to Indiana and the IEDC straight from his previous position in Washington, DC as vice president, Global Policy and Technology Partnerships, for the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
The SIA is the U.S. semiconductor industry’s lead trade association. Steff worked closely with SIA’s Public Policy Committee, and assisted the SIA in the development of global strategies and coordination of Washington-based initiatives.
His portfolio also included university research partnerships and worldwide technology policy, and he was the SIA’s primary liaison to the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).
Before taking up this position at the SIA, Steff was manager for government affairs at Dewey and LeBoeuf LLP, where he handled the SIA’s policy advocacy issues. Steff also has experience working for Congress as a senior staff assistant for the House Ways and Means Committee.
Steff has a B.A. in International Studies from American University, and an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University.
He also serves on the boards of many technology, semiconductor and microelectronics organizations and associations, including as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO).
As a senior advisor at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Steff will now be spearheading strategies for further developing the state’s existing nanotechnology industry and related advanced manufacturing initiatives.
Global sales of products built using nanotechnology components are estimated to reach $2.4 trillion by 2015. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith said that nanotechnology is quickly becoming a major field internationally, and Indiana is positioned at the forefront of technological innovation.
Smith added that companies throughout the state are already making impressive use of nanotechnology, and the universities are leading advancements in this discipline.
Several Indiana companies such as Kokomo Semiconductors and Eli Lilly already use nanotechnology, and universities including Indiana University, Purdue and Notre Dame are leading internationally-recognized nanotechnology developments. Ivy Tech Community College has a nanotechnology program which trains students to work as technicians in this sector.
Steff said that Indiana with its 21st century workforce, attractive investment climate and competitive research infrastructure has positioned itself to succeed in this sector.
“I look forward to expanding existing partnerships and supporting new ones that will yield jobs and research opportunities statewide,” said Steff.