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This is an in-depth interview with Craig Barrett. In addition to being the chair of Intel, Barrett is one of the fathers of the Focus Center Research Program, and he chairs its governing council. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses the industry challenges on the horizon, the role universities can play in addressing these challenges, the state and future of American education, and the value—and necessity—of collaborative programs. Attendees included EIC Tim Cheng (University of California, Santa Barbara), Guest Editors William Joyner and David Yeh (Semiconductor Research Corp.), and Gigascale Systems Research Center Director Jan Rabaey (University of California, Berkeley).