Texas Instruments CEO, Tom Engibous, to Keynote GFP Conference

August 13, 2001 -- SRC is pleased to have Tom Engibous as the keynote speaker at the Graduate Fellowship Program Conference Banquet on Monday Sept. 17 in Dallas, TX.

Mr. Engibous was elected to the TI Board of Directors and named president and CEO in 1996 and elected chairman in April 1998.

Mr. Engibous joined the company in 1976, the same year he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Entering TI as an integrated circuit design engineer, he has spent his entire operational career in the company's semiconductor business holding management responsibilities in the linear products and applications specific products businesses.

In 1993, TI executed a series of strategic transitions to reposition each of its major businesses, and Mr. Engibous was elected corporate executive vice president and president of the semiconductor group, where he turned in record profitability and growth for TI. He remained in this position until his elevation to president and CEO of the company on June 20, 1996.

In addition to his TI duties, Mr. Engibous serves as a trustee of Southern Methodist University and as a member of the Purdue University Engineering Visiting Committee. He is a director of Catalyst, the Dallas Citizens Council, and the U.S.-Japan Business Council. He is a member of The Business Roundtable, the Business Council, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Governor’s Business Council, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Advisory Council on the Digital Economy. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

In addition to his master's degree, Mr. Engibous earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering by Purdue in 1997.

Other Speakers

Vida Ilderem, of Motorola will speak at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday Sept. 18, 2001. Dr. Ilderem is the director of RF/IF Silicon Technologies within DDL, the research and development organization of SPS. A 10-year Motorolan, Dr. Ilderem has worked on a variety of projects including BiCMOS, GCMOS and Yield Enhancement. Prior to this position, she was RF/IF manager.

In 1998, Dr. Ilderem restarted the SiGe BiCMOS activity in SPS. She was the program manager for CDR1 BiCMOS, which qualified in MOS11 in July 2000, and CDR1 SiGe:C BiCMOS, which qualified in December 2000.

Dr. Ilderem received her master's and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and physics from California State University, Fresno. Dr. Ilderem holds 22 patents, including 12 filed and issued with Motorola in the areas of process, integration and device technologies.


Ralph Cavin will give a talk entitled “Gee-Whiz” Technology at the General Session on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001. A native of Natchez Mississippi, Dr. Cavin received his BSEE (1961) and MSEE (1962) from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1968. He served as a Senior Engineer at the Martin-Marietta Company in Orlando, Florida from 1962 -1965. At Martin, Dr. Cavin was involved in the design and manufacture of missile guidance and control systems.

After taking his Ph.D., Dr. Cavin joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas A & M University where he obtained the rank of Full Professor and also served the department as Assistant Head for Research. In 1983, he joined the Semiconductor Research Corporation where he served as Director of Design Sciences research programs until 1989. He became Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University from 1989 - 1994 and was Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University from 1994 - 1995. He is currently Vice President for Research Operations at the Semiconductor Research Corporation.

Dr. Cavin’s technical interests span VLSI circuit design, computer-aided design of microelectronic systems, control theory with applications to semiconductor manufacturing, and applications of computing and telecommunications to engineering education. He has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed technical papers and contributions to books. Dr. Cavin is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has participated actively in society programs. He has served as a consultant to a number of government, industrial, and academic institutions and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Engineering Consortium and the IEEE Computer Advisory Board.


Larry Sumney, President and CEO of SRC, will give a talk entitled "SRC of the Future" at the Opening Session on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001. Mr. Sumney received his B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College in 1962 with honors in Physics, his Master's in Engineering Administration (MEA) from George Washington University (GWU) in 1969 and completed his course work toward the DSc degree in Systems Engineering and Mathematics, also at GWU.

Mr. Sumney began his career as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1962, later serving as Research Director of the Naval Electronics Systems Command where he defined broad basic research initiatives to support advanced systems needs of the Command. Following that assignment, Mr. Sumney was named, by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, the Director of the Tri-Service Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Technology Development Program. He next joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense and Engineering where he had overall responsibility for the creation, implementation and management of the Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) Program, the largest (~ $1B) technology development program in the Department of Defense. He was named a “VHSIC Pioneer” in 1987.

In 1982, the Semiconductor Industry Association selected Mr. Sumney to head up the industry’s new research consortium, the Semiconductor Research Corporation. He was named President and CEO in 1984 and a member of SRC Board of Directors several years later. In 1997, he became Chairman of MARCO, the wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC, which manages the Focus Center Research Program, planned to ramp up to $60M per year in the next several years.

Mr. Sumney currently serves on the EECS department advisory boards of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois. He is Chairman of the SIA University Research Award Selection Committee. He is a participant in the SIA's Focus Center Research Program Governing Council and a member of the CREOL External Advisory Board, University of Central Florida. He has served on the Dean's Engineering Advisory Council for the North Carolina State University, the President's Advisory Council for Clemson University, and the Director's Advisory Board of the National Security Agency. He was a member of the 1994-1995 Council on Competitiveness Reinventing R & D Committee and chaired its study group on Intellectual Property. He was a founding member (together with the late Robert N. Noyce and Grant Dove) and past Chairman of the Council of Consortia CEO's, a group of leading consortia heads that address best practices in order to improve the effectiveness of consortia. He is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for ISMT (formerly international SEMATECH) and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). He also is a participant in the SIA's Technology Strategy Committee. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was awarded, together with William C. Holton and Robert M. Burger, the 1998 IEEE Frederik Philips Medal. He has served on various IEEE award committees and on IEEE's Spectrum's Editorial Board. He served as a member of the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal Committee in 2000 and 2001. He also served on the IEEE Frederik Philips Award Committee in 2000 and 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and is a University-Industry Forum Member (as a University Partner) of the National Academies' (NAS, NAE, NIH) Government, University, Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). He is also a member of the WMRC (an independent publisher of research reports for governments, trade organizations, portfolio and foreign direct investors) Technical Advisory Panel.

Dr. Tom Engibous

Engineer and CEO Texas Instruments Inc

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