Four IEEE members who are technology pioneers were inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, which honors outstanding professional achievement and significant contributions to the community. The inductees were chosen by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, a nonprofit organization made up of company executives and local leaders who work with government and the local community to address public policy issues affecting the area’s economic health and quality of life.
IEEE Fellow Aart de Geus is one of the world’s leading experts on logic synthesis and simulation. He is cofounder, chair, and chief executive officer of Synopsys, of Mountain View, Calif., which offers software and intellectual property for semiconductor design and manufacturing.
In 1975, Life Fellow Martin Hellman helped develop public-key cryptography, which uses asymmetric algorithms to encrypt and decrypt messages in devices such as computers and mobile radios. The algorithm on the sender’s end uses a code, or key, to encrypt a message, and the recipient uses a different key to decrypt it. Hellman is professor emeritus in Stanford’s electrical engineering department.
Life Fellow David Hodges founded the semiconductor manufacturing program at the University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted pioneering research on switched-capacitor circuits.
Hodges, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the school, is a former vice president of IEEE Publication Products and Services. He also is the former editor of IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing and IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and past chair of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems, Electron Devices, and Solid-State Circuits societies, as well as IEEE Women in Engineering.
Life Member David K. Lam is founder and CEO of Lam Research, an investment and advisory firm for high-tech companies, based in Santa Clara, Calif. In 1981, the year after the firm was founded, it introduced the first fully automated plasma etching system for semiconductor manufacturing. Lam now focuses on advising start-up companies that want to develop and bring new technologies to market.
The IEEE Computer Society presented two IEEE members with its 2013 Computer Pioneer Award. The award honors outstanding individuals whose main contributions to the conception and development of the computer field were made at least 15 years earlier.
Member Edward Feigenbaum was honored for “pioneering work in artificial intelligence, including development of the basic principles and methods of knowledge-based systems and their practical applications.”
Feigenbaum is a professor of computer science and founder and codirector of the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford. He is widely known for his pioneering work on expert systems, which are computer programs designed to solve complex problems using reasoning and extensive data about a particular field.
He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
Fellow Stephen B. Furber was cited for “pioneering work as a principal designer of the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor.”
He is a professor of computer engineering at the University of Manchester, in England. From 1980 to 1990 he worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers, which manufactures reduced-instruction-set computers (RISCs) in Cambridge, England. There he helped design the advanced RISC machine (ARM) 32-bit microprocessor, used in the mid-1980s to power desktop computers. It was the first of the ARM line of microprocessors that now power much of the world’s consumer electronics, including almost 98 percent of mobile phones.