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
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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