Chancellor Kang to Be Inducted in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame

MERCED, Calif. - Steve Kang, Ph.D., chancellor of University of California, Merced, has been announced as an inductee to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame for his outstanding professional achievements in engineering and technology and significant contributions to the community. At an event last night (Nov. 17), Kang was among four inductees announced by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council(SVEC).

Kang, an electrical engineer, has made numerous contributions to the field of microelectronics as engineer and inventor, to education as professor and university administrator, and to the community as volunteer and leader. He is renowned for his contributions to microelectronics, in particular CMOS very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits and electronic computer-aided design (CAD), and as a researcher, educator, and industrial pioneer who has profoundly impacted development of VLSI chips globally.

Before coming to UC Merced in March 2007, Kang served as dean of the Baskin School of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering at UC Santa Cruz where he initiated several interdisciplinary programs and collaborated with partner campuses on both the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research and the Center for Information Technology and Research in the Interest of Society, which also involves UC Merced.

Prior to his appointment at UCSC, Kang was a professor and department head of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Until 1985, he was with AT&T Bell Laboratories where he earned an exceptional contribution award for leading the development of the world's first 32-bit CMOS microprocessor chips and peripheral chips.

Kang received an Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University (New Jersey), a master's degree in Electrical Engineering the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

He holds 14 U.S. patents in electrical engineering and has written or co-authored nine books and more than 350 technical papers and won numerous awards and fellowships for his work and publications. His current research interests include design of lower-power, very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits; modeling and simulation of semiconductor devices and circuits; and nanoelectronics.

The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award recognizes engineers, technologists and scientists within the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area communities. Induction of Award recipients is held annually; the 2009 ceremony will occur during National Engineers Week at the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

Founded in 1989, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to assist its member engineering and technical societies in Silicon Valley. SVEC sponsors educational activities and promotes the career development of engineers and other technical professionals, while serving to increase awareness of the impact of engineering and science in enhancing the quality of life.

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