2016 Aristotle Award

Note: The winner of the 2016 Aristotle Award, Tsu-Jae King Liu of UC/Berkeley, was unable to attend TECHCON 2016 in Austin, where the announcement was made. So she sent along her thank you via video.

Aristotle Award Presentation TECHCON 2016

The following text is from the presentation of the award at TECHCON by Ken Hansen, SRC President and CEO.

The Aristotle Award was authorized by the SRC Board of Directors in 1995 to recognize professors who best contribute to the development of the industry’s most valuable resource, its human resource. This award recognizes SRC-supported faculty whose deep commitment to the educational experience of SRC students has had a profound and continuing impact on their professional performance and, consequently, a significant impact for members over a long period of time.

The list of winners of the Aristotle speaks volumes about the quality of SRC researchers and the high standard set for SRC students. The awards have been made to some of the most exemplary university faculty in this country, and this year’s award continues that tradition. Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu of the University of California/Berkeley is eminently qualified to receive the 2016 Aristotle Award.

Tsu-Jae King Liu attended Stanford University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering before joining the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center as a Member of Research Staff in 1992. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is TSMC Distinguished Professor in Microelectronics. She served as EECS department chair and associate chair from 2012 to 2016, and as Associate Dean in the College of Engineering. She was elected to the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation in July; in October she assumes her new role as vice provost at Berkeley.

Dr. Liu has advised over 60 Ph.D. and postdoctoral students, authored or co-authored close to 500 publications and holds over 90 patents. Her awards include the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000) for development of the FinFET, the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012) and the SIA University Researcher Award (2014). Her current research is focused on advanced materials, processes and devices for energy-efficient electronics.

Tsu-Jae truly embodies every aspect of the Aristotle Award, in university positions and in the SRC community, Dr. Liu’s students are carrying on the mission: to discover new technologies, to advance and solve important problems, and to mentor and teach and inspire future generations of students.

With this award we thank you for your many years of dedication to teaching, advising and mentoring students and it is with great pleasure that I present Tsu-Jae King Liu with the 2016 Aristotle Award on behalf of SRC and SRC members.

Awards & Honors

  • American Institute of Mechatronic Engineers (AIME) Ross M. Tucker Electronics Materials Award (1992)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1998)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Significant Technical Achievement Award (2000)
  • Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Inventor Recognition Award (2000, 2003, 2005)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, EE Division, EECS Department (2003)
  • SRC Focus Center Research Program Inventor Recognition Award (2006, 2007)
  • National Academy of Engineering Lillian M. Gilbreth Lectureship (2006)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2007)
  • IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2010)
  • UC Berkeley Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award (2010)
  • The Electrochemical Society Thomas D. Callinan Award (2011)
  • Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award (2012)
  • Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award (2014)
  • SRC Aristotle Award (2016)

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