CMU Silicon Valley welcomes Lip-Bu Tan

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 15, 1:30 pm (PDT) / 4:30 pm (EDT)

Location: CMU Silicon Valley Campus: Bldg 23, Rm 118

Lip-Bu Tan

Source: Lip-Bu Tan

President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems and Chairman of Walden International

Semiconductors: Engine of Technology Innovation

Semiconductors are a technology engine that drives the growth and prosperity of the broader high-tech industry. When I started my career, semiconductor companies were like high-flying Internet companies are today. Ironically, as semiconductor technology continued to evolve and bring waves of innovation into our daily lives, it seemed to lose attractiveness to Wall Street, the general public, and – more importantly – to talented young people in college. It is true that the industry faces challenges, such as industry consolidation, cost pressure, the end of Moore's Law, and dwindling interest from venture capitalists. But I firmly believe that the semiconductor business is far from being a sunset industry, and I am confident that the best is yet to come. In this seminar, I will share with you some of my observations about recent industry trends and why semiconductor is an interesting, challenging, and rewarding area that you should pursue.

Lip-Bu Tan is Founder and Chairman of Walden International, a leading venture capital firm managing $2 billion. He concurrently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since 2004. He currently serves on the Boards of Ambarella Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), SINA (NASDAQ: SINA); Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (NYSE: SMI; HKSE: 981), and previously served on the Boards of Inphi Corporation (NYSE: IPHI); Flextronics International (NASDAQ: FLEX) MindTree Ltd. (IN: MTCL) and United Overseas Bank (SGX: UOB U11) in Singapore.

Lip-Bu received his B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore, his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his MBA from the University of San Francisco. Additionally, Lip-Bu serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the College of Engineering Advisory Board at University of California Berkeley, and the Board of Directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).