Silicon Valley Engineering Council
2005 Hall of Fame Recipients
Dr. Douglas Engelbart
Doug Engelbart, the grandson of early pioneers of the West, grew up in the Great Depression on a small farmstead near Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1948 and earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1955.
Dr. Engelbart is best known as the inventor of the computer mouse, although his most significant work to date is leadership of the team that developed NLS, the first collaborative hypertext systems back in the 1960s. His ongoing work is inspired by his belief that society needs better ways to solve problems that are increasingly more urgent and more complex.
Today, Dr. Engelbart directs the California-based Bootstrap Institute to engage thought leaders and practitioners in a cooperative exploration of improvement strategies and the organizational/technology infrastructures that will be required. Prior to the Bootstrap Institute, Dr. Engelbart worked as a Senior Scientist at McDonnell Douglas and Tymshare Corporation; and served as Director, Augmentation Research Center, SRI International.
Dr. Engelbarts many honors include the National Medal of Technology awards by President Clinton in 2000, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the ACM Turing Award, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, and the IEEE von Neumann Medal among others.
Dr. Engelbarts ideas have always been leading edge. So much so, in fact, that their adoption has often met with resistance by the conventional thinks of the time. The correctness of his ideas in human knowledge acquisition, collaboration and use have however proven themselves to be correct. Dr. Engelbart holds more than 25 patents and has authored numerous publications and presentations available in the open literature.
Mr. Kenneth Levy
Ken Levy is the Chairman of the Board of KLA-Tencor Corporation. He founded KLA Instruments in 1974, and was the CEO of the company for 25 years. KLA-Tencor one of the three largest semiconductor capital equipment companies in the world, is the leading company in inspection, metrology and yield management systems serving the semiconductor industry.
Ken began his career as an engineer in the aerospace industry in 1962 and worked on simulation for both military and space vehicles. In 1969, he joined the founding team of Computervision Corporation, and held a number of technical and management positions, including President of the Cobilt Division, a company that pioneered in automation and lithography equipment for the semiconductor industry.
In 1974, Ken founded KLA Instruments. He led projects which developed the first, commercially-available automated mask and wafer inspection systems which were instrumental in enabling lowcost manufacture of large, highly integrated semiconductor devices.
Also, Ken has continued to give back to the community. Ken and his wife, Gloria, have established and support a number of charitable educational endeavors, as well as leading the campaign to build a new Jewish Federation Campus in San Jose, which will house both educational and philanthropic organizations.
Ken Levy received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical), College of New York, in 1963. He received a Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University, in 1967. He has received a number of awards and honors: he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; has received the SEMIs Lifetime Achievement Award; the Needham Legend of the Industry Award; Harvard’s CEO of Year Award; and many others for his technical and business achievements.
Dr. Dan Maydan
Dr. Dan Maydan, President Emeritus, Applied Materials, Inc., joined the company in 1980 to spearhead the development of a series of plasma etching systems. He went on to direct research, development, and engineering activities for all of Applied Materials plasma etch, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and epitaxial-related technologies. From 1994 to 2003, he served as President of the Company and during this time Applied became the world’s leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer. He has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 1992.
Prior to Applied Materials, Dr. Maydan spent 13 years managing new technology development at Bell Laboratories where he pioneered laser recording of data on thin-metal films and made significant advances in photolithography and vapor deposition technology for semiconductor manufacturing.
Dr. Maydan is internationally known for his research, technology and engineering accomplishments in both processing and tools for semiconductor manufacturing. Over the years, he has received numerous awards and honors for his contributions to technology and engineering. Dr. Maydan was the recipient of the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials international (SEMI). Recognized as a leading scientist, engineer and industry pioneer during the 50th anniversary celebration of the semiconductor chip, his work is included in the Smithsonian Institution as part of its collection of breakthrough technologies, which have helped shape the modern world. He has been awarded 188 patents.
In 1998, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003, Dr. Maydan received the prestigious Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League. Dr. Maydan earned his BS and MS Electrical Engineering from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and his PhD Physics from Edinburgh University. He has also been recognized with Honorary Doctorates from Technion and National Chiao Tung University, and Doctor of Honoris Causa from Edinburgh University.
Dr. David Patterson
David Patterson holds the E.H. and M.E. Pardee Chair of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught computer architecture since 1977. At U. C. Berkeley, David led the entire RISC project, which likely produced the first VLSI Reduced Instruction Set Computer. This research became the foundation of the SPARC architecture, and inspired many other microprocessors since. This work has been recognized as one of the most significant microprocessor advances in the industry, and is currently used by companies including Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu.
David also led the Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) project (an important advancement in computer storage), and later lead of the Network of Workstations (NOW) project; and now leads the (Berkeley ISTORE) and (ROC) Recovery Oriented Computing projects.
David is a fellow, as well as the current president, of the ACM. He is also a fellow of the Computer Society of the IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he sits on the National Academy of Sciences Computer Science and Telecommunications Board and the Computing Research Association Board. He has served as chair for: the CS Division in EECS at Berkeley, the ACM SIG in Computer Architecture, and the Computing Research Association. He has consulted for Digital, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Sun Microsystems, and is an advisory board member of several startup companies. He has co-authored five books.
David has received numerous awards for his engineering accomplishments from the IEEE, UCLA, and SIGMOD. In addition, his outstanding contributions as a teacher have been awarded and recognized by the University of California, the ACM and the IEEE.
Dr. T.J. Rodgers
Thurman J. Rodgers is founder, president, CEO and a director of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., a company that he has built into an international integrated circuits supplier. Dr. Rodgers was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the global consulting company, Ernst & Young, in 1991 and “CEO of the Year” in 1996 by Financial World magazine. He also earned a Kachina Award from market research company In-Stat Inc. In addition, the October 2001 issue of Upside magazine cited Dr. Rodgers as one of the “100 People Who Changed Our World” and in 2002 he was named on the list of “Top 100 Chief Executives” by Chief Executive magazine.
A Sloan Scholar as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Dr. Rodgers graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in Physics and Chemistry. He was a Rufus Choate Scholar, and was awarded the Francis L. Town Scientific Prize, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Haseltine Chemstry-Physics Prize. Dr. Rodgers was awarded a Hertz Fellowship from Stanford University where he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1975. As a graduate student at Stanford, he invented, developed and patented VMOS technology which he sold to American Microsystems Inc. Following that, he managed the MOS memory group at AMI (1975-80). He then moved to Advanced Micro Devices where he ran their static RAM product group (1980-82).
Dr. Rodgers has been a particularly articulate advocate of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial economy, representing the interests of Silicon Valley in hearings by the U.S. House Committee Ruling on Science, Space and Technology, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law.
His record of community service is also exemplary. Dr. Rodgers was the first Silicon Valley CEO to lead Second Harvest Food Bank Corporate Challenge Event, and since then, Cypress has donated the most pounds of food per employee in each of the past 12 years. He has received awards from the Healing Institute for support of the Carver Scholars Program. In 2000, he donated money and equipment to set up computer facilities at the East Palo Alto Computer Lab and the Girls Club of the Mid-Peninsula in Northern California. In 2004, his company inaugurated the Cypress Semiconductor Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Gymnasium at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Dr. Rodgers holds many U.S. patents in semiconductor design and manufacturing.