Thomas Lee paid his way through MIT by working at places like Frank Kent's TV and Radio Service, Sym-Tek Systems, and Hughes Aircraft. His 1989 doctoral thesis described the world's first CMOS radio at a time when no one gave a rat's patootie. He has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1994, having previously worked at Analog Devices and Rambus. He's helped design PLLs for a variety of microprocessors (notably AMD's K6-K8 and DEC's StrongARM), and is the founder or co-founder of Sinepower Unlimited, Matrix Semiconductor, Aspendos Communications, ZeroG Wireless and Ayla Networks. He is a Packard Foundation Fellow, won a "Best Paper" award at CICC and three at ISSCC, and is also the 2011 recipient of the Ho-Am Prize in Engineering (informally known as "The Korean Nobel"). He is a past Director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office, and owns between 100 and 200 oscilloscopes, thousands of vacuum tubes and kilograms of obsolete semiconductors. No one, including himself, quite knows why.
Karen Bartleson is Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys. Among other responsibilities, she leads the standards program at her company. She served as President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014, and she was a member of several governance committees of the IEEE-SA. Karen is a member of the IEEE Strategic Planning Committee and chairs the IEEE Internet Initiative committee. She is currently a member of the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) Board of Directors and held a seat on the Accellera Board of Directors from 1998 through 2010.
Prior to joining Synopsys in 1995, Karen was CAD manager at United Technologies Microelectronics Center (UTMC), where she was responsible for the design system used to create high-reliability application-specific integrated circuits. Before that, she worked at Texas Instruments as logic analysis manager where she was in charge of the development and support of TI’s internal logic simulation products.
Karen was the 2003 recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Design Automation Achievement Award. She was one of the electronic design industry’s first bloggers and is the author of “The Standards Game” blog. She has published numerous articles about standards and related topics. Her book, “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards”, was published in 2010.
Alex Lidow is CEO and co-founder of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC). Since 1977 Dr. Lidow has been dedicated to making power conversion more efficient upon the belief that this will reduce the harm to our environment from energy production and consumption. In order to pursue this mission, in 1977 he joined International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF) as an R&D engineer. In 1978 he co-invented the HEXFET power MOSFET, a power transistor that launched the modern power conversion market and displaced the aging bipolar transistor. The patents from this invention brought in more than $900M over the years and International Rectifier to this day is the largest producer of power MOSFETs in the world.
Over the 30 years that Dr. Lidow was at IRF, his responsibilities grew. He progressed to the head of R&D, head of manufacturing, head of sales and marketing, and finally CEO for 12 years. Dr. Lidow holds many patents in power semiconductor technology, including basic patents in power MOSFETs as well as in GaN FETs. He has authored numerous publications on related subjects, and recently co-authored the first textbook on GaN transistors, “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion”, now about to appear in its second edition published by John Wiley and Sons. In 2004 he was elected to the Engineering Hall of Fame, and in 2005 IRF, under Dr. Lidow’s leadership, was named one of the best managed companies in America by Forbes magazine.
Dr. Lidow earned his Bachelor of Science degree in three years from Caltech in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1977 as a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow. Since 1998 Dr. Lidow has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology and has been the Chairman of the Compensation and Nominating Committees and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee.
DesignCon keynote speakers of recent years include:
Dr. Hermann Eul
(now Keysight Technologies)