• 1946
    (b.) - ?


Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his father (an engineer by training) was a Professor at Carnegie Tech. The family later moved to Gainesville, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University (1972). He also holds a Master?s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree from Nottingham Trent University. After graduation from Stanford, he moved to Texas where he joined Texas Instruments and began working on CCD image sensors. He ultimately became the Executive Vice President of Texas Instruments? Semiconductor Group, sharing responsibility for TI?s Components Sector, and having direct responsibility for the entire semiconductor business with more than $5 billion of revenue and over 30,000 people. During his 21 years at TI, he managed its thrust into digital signal processing and supervised that business from inception with the TMS 320 family of DSP?s through growth to become the cornerstone of TI?s semiconductor technology. He also supervised the development of the first TI speech synthesis devices (used in ?Speak & Spell?) and is co-inventor of the GaN blue-violet light emitting diode (now important for DVD players and low energy lighting). He was President of TI?s Data Systems Group and held numerous other semiconductor executive management positions. He currently is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, Inc., a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with revenue of $1.1 billion in 2012. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has more than tripled and Mentor has grown the industry?s number one market share solutions in four of the ten largest product segments of the EDA industry. He started as CEO in October 1993 and has served five terms as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium and is currently serving as co-Vice-Chairman. He is also a Board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Family & Children Charities. He has previously served as Chairman of the Semiconductor Technical Advisory Committee of the Department of Commerce, as an Executive Committee member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Open Systems and as a Board member of the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers' Association (CBEMA), SEMI-Sematech/SISA, Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC), University of Michigan National Advisory Council, Lewis and Clark College and SEMATECH.
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    Supervisor of the development of Texas Instrument’s first TI speech synthesis devices (used in “Speak & Spell”)
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