Self-Made Venture Capitalist Inspires Budding Entrepreneurs in the Philippines and Four Digital Imaging Pioneers Are Honored

These and other members made headlines

27 February 2017

IEEE Life Fellow Diosdado “Dado” Banatao was featured in a Manila Standard article. He was recently a guest speaker at the free, public CEO Series, which aims to educate and inspire future business leaders and entrepreneurs. At the event in Manila, he shared his story about his rise to success.

Banatao is founder of and a managing partner at Tallwood Venture Capital of Menlo Park, Calif. He was born in Iguig, a small rural town in the Philippines, where he walked barefoot on a dirt road to reach his elementary school each day. After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mapúa Institute of Technology, in Manila, he moved to Seattle to work as a design engineer for Boeing. He later earned a master’s degree in EE and computer engineering from Stanford. In 1972 he joined the Homebrew Computer Club for hobbyists and met Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Banatao went on to design the first single-chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator. He also developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS and the first system logic chip set for IBM’s PC-XT and PC-AT personal computers. He founded several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and started Tallwood in 2000.

Banatao is a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Computer societies.


Four IEEE Fellows received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, an award bestowed by the British government that celebrates innovations in engineering that have had a major impact on humanity. It comes with a prize of £1 million (about US $1.2 million). The four were recognized for inventing three digital imaging breakthroughs.

Life Fellow Eric Fossum was honored for inventing the CMOS image sensor, which detects and conveys the information that constitutes an image. He developed it in the late 1980s while he was a professor of electrical engineering at Columbia. He is now a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.

Life Fellow George Smith was recognized for developing the original concept for a charge-coupled device. Although originally intended as a computer memory circuit, the CCD went on to form the basis of digital image sensors. Smith developed the concept in 1969 with colleague Willard Boyle (now an IEEE Life Fellow) while they were researchers at Bell Labs. Smith retired from Bell Labs in 1986.

In 1980, while working for NEC Corp., an IT company in Tokyo, Fellow Nobukazu Teranishi invented the pinned photodiode, a photodetector structure now found in almost all CCD and CMOS image sensors. He is now an engineering professor at Shizuoka University and the University of Hyogo, both in Japan.

Life Fellow Michael F. Tompsett was honored for designing and building the first video camera with a solid-state CCD sensor in the early 1970s while working as a Bell Labs researcher. He is now director of TheraManager, a software company in Newark, N.J.


IEEE Member Emily Fox received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research career. Recipients receive a plaque and a research grant for up to five years to further their studies.

Fox is an associate professor of statistics and computer science at the University of Washington, in Seattle. She was recognized for her groundbreaking work in large-scale Bayesian modeling and computational approaches to time series and longitudinal data analysis. Some of her latest projects include analyzing functional connectivity networks in the brain from neuroimaging data and developing a novel statistical framework for analyzing sparse social network data.

She is a member of IEEE Women in Engineering.

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