Samueli School benefactor receives lifetime achievement award
The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) announced Dr. Henry Samueli, industry pioneer and co-founder, chairman and chief technical officer of Broadcom Corporation, as the winner of the 2011 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. Dr. Samueli was presented with this lifetime achievement award during the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
"Dr. Samueli had the foresight, innovation and belief that a semiconductor company could become highly successful without having to fabricate their own chips," said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA. "There are very few individuals in the semiconductor industry whose contribution and vision has benefited the fabless industry in such a profound way."
"I am truly honored to receive this year's Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the GSA. I attribute much of my success to the exceptional engineering talent I have been fortunate enough to work with and mentor over the years," said Dr. Samueli. "It is indeed humbling to be selected as one of this esteemed group of industry pioneers who have truly changed the landscape of the semiconductor industry. I eagerly look forward to continuing my contributions to such a robust industry that is enhancing the quality of life of every person on the planet."
Samueli earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from UCLA. After earning his Ph.D. degree in 1980, he spent his early career designing military broadband communications systems at TRW, Inc. He subsequently became an electrical engineering professor at UCLA, where he led a research program in the area of advanced digital communications architectures and circuits. His team achieved many breakthrough developments by proving that low-cost complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) technologies could be used to implement all the key digital, analog and radio frequency (RF) building blocks to enable multi-hundred megabit/sec digital communications transceivers operating at gigahertz RF frequencies.
He subsequently founded Broadcom in 1991 with one of his Ph.D. students, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas, III. In the early days, the company pioneered the U.S. cable industry's transition to digital television by creating the world's first broadband digital cable transmission solution, which ultimately expanded and evolved into one of Broadcom's major business areas today, encompassing a complete portfolio of technologies for the digital home. Another early project involved the development of the industry's first all-digital CMOS implementation of a fast ethernet transceiver. This pioneering work launched Broadcom into its second major business segment, which today encompasses a complete portfolio of transmission and switching technologies for the infrastructure and networking market.
Samueli's dedication and leadership extends well beyond Broadcom, with his service and influence being felt throughout the research, university and start-up communities. Although full-time at Broadcom since 1995, Samueli has maintained his professorship (on-leave) in electrical engineering at UCLA and is a distinguished adjunct professor in electrical engineering and computer science in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. He also serves on the UC President's Board on Science and Innovation and is on the Chancellor's Advisory Councils at both UCLA and UC Irvine. Samueli also chairs the Engineering Leadership Council at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine and co-chairs the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA.
In 2000, Samueli was awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC Irvine Medal, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award, as well as the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumnus of the Year. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year from UCLA. In 2006, he received the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leaders Award, and in 2010 he received the UCLA Medal.
In December 2003, Henry and his wife Susan purchased the management contract for the Honda Center sports and entertainment venue, creating Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, to oversee all operations of the arena; and in June 2005, they purchased the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League club, Honda Center’s largest tenant. In 2005, Billboard Magazine listed the Honda Center as the third largest grossing arena in the world in concert ticket sales and in 2007, the Anaheim Ducks became the first California hockey team ever to win the Stanley Cup Championship.
The success of Broadcom Corporation has provided Henry and Susan the opportunity to support many worthwhile nonprofit organizations. After Broadcom’s initial public offering in 1998, they created The Samueli Foundation and to date they have gifted over $200 million in the areas of education, health, social services, the performing arts, and Jewish culture. In 2003 and 2004, Susan and Henry were listed among BusinessWeek’s “50 Most Generous Philanthropists” in the nation.
Broadcom has previously won 15 GSA awards and is nominated for two awards at this year's GSA Awards Dinner Celebration.
Established in 1999, the first GSA "Exemplary Leadership Award" was given to Dr. Morris Chang, chairman and chief executive officer of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Today, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes individuals for their exceptional contributions, exemplifying how their vision and global leadership have transformed and elevated the entire semiconductor industry.
The annual GSA Awards Dinner Celebration is the industry's premier event. Each year GSA recognizes companies that have demonstrated excellence through their vision, strategy, execution and future opportunity. The celebration honors the achievements of semiconductor companies in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments as well as overall respect within the industry.
The GSA mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including intellectual property, electronic design automation/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the GSA identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 30 countries across the globe.