The Energy Research Initiative (ERI) is created to enable reliable low-cost renewable energy systems and efficient energy use and distribution through an enabled and optimized smart grid.


  • Part of ERI, The Network for Photovoltaic Technology (NPT) Center at Purdue University is addressing the performance, cost, reliability and manufacturing challenges of photovoltaic technologies.
  • A multi-university Smart Grid Research Center (SGRC) at Carnegie Mellon University—also a part of ERI—is working to support the incorporation of renewable energy resources and to provide the modeling, simulation and control tools needed to manage, optimize and secure the power grid.
  • New and emerging research initiatives are being explored in the areas of bioelectronics, sensors research and cyber security.
  • The twelfth TECHCON is held in Austin, Texas and includes 144 student-presented technical papers and posters representing a broad cross-section of SRC-funded research. Total attendance reached 437, including 184 industry participants, three government participants, 12 faculty, 210 students and 28 others, making for outstanding networking and technical exchange.
For specific research areas and results, please see this year's annual report. »

2010 Officers

  • Tze-Chiang (T.C.) Chen, Board Chairman
  • Larry W. Sumney, CEO
  • Clark McFadden, Secretary

2010 Board of Directors

  • Chekib Akrout Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Sami Issa Advanced Technology Investment Company
  • Hans Stork Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Ken Hansen Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Gregg Bartlett GlobalFoundries Inc.
  • Tze-Chiang (T.C.) Chen, Chairman IBM Corporation
  • Michael C. Mayberry Intel Corporation
  • Walden C. (Wally) Rhines Siemens EDA
  • Wilbert van den Hoek Novellus Systems, Inc.
  • Larry W. Sumney Semiconductor Research Corporation
  • Venu B. Menon Texas Instruments Incorporated
  • Masayuki Tomoyasu Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL)
  • Dan Armbrust, Ex Officio SEMATECH
  • Brian C. Toohey, Ex Officio Semiconductor Industry Association

2010 SRC Senior Staff

  • Larry W. Sumney, President & CEO
  • Steven Hillenius, Executive Vice President, SRC & Executive Director GRC
  • Elizabeth (Betsy) Weitzman, Executive Vice President, SRC & Executive Director FCRP

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