Lecture | January 25 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 J. Travis Mosier

 Goldman School of Public Policy, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, Center for Security in Politics, Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy

Major tectonic shifts, decades in the making, are taking place across the globe right now. Russia's illegal war against Ukraine drags on, inflation has not yet been tamed, recession is looming, supply chains are being uprooted, China is shifting inward with an uncertain economic trajectory, and Taiwan is a growing geopolitical flashpoint. Despite these uncertain headwinds, technological innovation marches on.

At the center of this tempest is a tiny sliver of silicon, lightning in a bottle improbably captured and harnessed to drive human progress. Semiconductor technology is finally taking its rightful place in the public consciousness and just in time.

Come learn about the critical centrality of semiconductors to geopolitical rivalry, economic growth, innovation and emerging technology and about current incentives, policies, research opportunities, and commercial efforts in the United States. J. Travis Mosier – one of the foremost experts in the nexus between national security, industry, and technology, who played an early role in the implementation of the U.S. CHIPS and Science Act – will present the case for how semiconductors drive geo-strategic competition, upending established markets and supply chains, and how these little microchips will shape the future of everything as we know it.

This event is cosponsored by the CITRIS Policy Lab, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), and the Berkeley Risk and Security Lab / Center for Security in Politics (BRSL / CSP).

J. Travis Mosier is a technology, semiconductor, and global policy expert with a distinguished track record spearheading federal initiatives that have improved market access, increased exports, enhanced the domestic investment climate, and strengthened supply chain resiliency. Mr. Mosier spent the last 12 years serving in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was awarded the Department’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, for his work on semiconductor supply chain resiliency. Most recently, Mr. Mosier served as a Senior International Trade Specialist and a seasoned Semiconductor Industry Policy Analyst in the Office of Health and Information Technologies in the Industry and Analysis division of the International Trade Administration. Spanning three administrations, Mr. Mosier consistently helped shape U.S. government policy on technology and semiconductors by building stakeholder coalitions and driving high-level decision makers towards a deeper understanding of industry, assessing key challenges and opportunities, and ultimately delivering results for the U.S. business community and public interest.

Mr. Mosier was a key contributor to the White House Review of Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging, which identified cross-cutting risks to the semiconductor supply chain and established federal policies to improve long-term semiconductor supply chain resiliency. Mr. Mosier was part of a small team that developed the Department of Commerce plan for implementing the Creating Helpful Incentives for Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America provisions in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, including incentive eligibility and design, and establishment of the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

Mr. Mosier now serves as an Executive Advisor for Technology Partnerships, Public Policy & Strategy at mySilicon Compass, LLC and President of J. Travis Strategic Advisers. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Iowa. Mr. Mosier is fluent in Spanish and has professional proficiency in Mandarin, having lived and worked in China for over eight years.


 Elisabeth Mart,  elismart@berkeley.edu,  510-642-4670

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