Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy.
4:30PM Event Check-in
5:00PM Networking Reception
6:15PM Dinner Seating
7:00PM Awards Ceremony
9:30PM Wrap Party
GSA recognizes semiconductor companies that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision, strategy and future opportunities in the industry at its annual Awards Dinner Celebration. It is an honor to be selected as a nominee and an even more distinguished achievement to win a GSA Award.
Master of Ceremonies
Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, writer, consumer technology expert, and one of the leading women in the field of technology.
A tech contributor on the TODAY Show, you can also find Katie as a regular consumer tech expert on Rachael Ray, The Weather Channel, CBS Sports Radio. Further, she has contributed hundreds of pieces and TV segments for top outlets including but not limited to: Popular Science, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Marie Claire, and ESPN to name a few. Katie also runs a full production company and is an in demand keynote speaker who focuses on innovations in technology.
Katie earned a degree in Information Technology New Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award
The Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award recognizes individuals, such as its namesake, Dr. Morris Chang, for their exceptional contributions to drive the development, innovation, growth and long-term opportunities for the semiconductor industry.
We are excited to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award will be presented to James (Jim) C. Morgan, Chairman Emeritus of Applied Materials, Inc.
Jim Morgan is chairman emeritus of Applied Materials – the leader in technology used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Jim ran Applied for nearly three decades— one of the longest tenures of a Fortune 500 CEO. He served as CEO from 1977 to 2003 and chairman of the board from 1987 to 2009, growing Applied from under $20 million to over $9 billion in revenue.
Among his many honors, Jim is a recipient of the National Medal of Technology awarded by the President of the United States for making lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and standard of living. He received the IEEE Robert N. Noyce MedaI and the Semiconductor Industry Association’s Noyce Award.
Jim advised three U.S. Presidents on matters of trade and competitiveness, serving on the National Advisory Committee on Semiconductors for President George H. W. Bush and the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy for President Clinton. He was vice chairman of the President’s Export Council under President George W. Bush.
Recognized as a global humanitarian, he has provided leadership to the Nature Conservancy, the Tech Museum, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, and other organizations. Co-founders of the Northern Sierra Partnership, Jim and his wife Becky have led the way to conserve bio-diverse land in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, and advance educational and environmental causes through the Morgan Family Foundation.
Jim is the author of the management memoir, “Applied Wisdom,” and “Applied Wisdom for Nonprofits,” as well as co-author of “Cracking the Japanese Market: Strategies for Success in the New Global Economy”. He earned a B.S.M.E. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Rising Women of Influence Award
The Rising Women of Influence Award recognizes and profiles the next generation of women leaders in the semiconductor industry. Companies are encouraged to identify women within their organization that they believe are one of their key corporate executives over the next three or four years. Nominations will be reviewed by an all-female executive committee that will select the top four candidates for recognition at the GSA Annual awards Dinner. There, a winning recipient will be announced and presented with the Rising Women of Influence Award.
We are excited to announce that the nominees for the Rising Women of Influence Award.
Amber Huffman – WINNER
Fellow & Chief Technologiest for Data Center IP in the Silicon Engineering Group
Amber Huffman is a distinguished Fellow and Chief Technologist for Datacenter IP in the Silicon Engineering Group at Intel Corporation. She currently leads the definition of industry leading IP building blocks for Intel’s Datacenter products (which are responsible for $25B of Intel’s yearly revenue).
She is a respected authority on storage, memory and IO architecture, and led Intel and the storage industry toward the definition and adoption of fast, streamlined, highly power-managed and low-latency storage interfaces. She defined, created and drove the NVMe storage standard. This included forming and chairing the NVM Express (NVMe) Workgroup, a consortium of companies that defined a standardized interface for PCI Express-based solid-state drives. She continues to chair the board of directors for the NVMe Workgroup and the Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Workgroup.
Huffman joined Intel in 1998 and previously led the development of the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI), which remains the standard programming interface for SATA today. Subsequently, she led the technical and industry development of ONFI, which standardizes the NAND Flash memory component interface and enables customers to use Flash from various hardware vendors. She has been granted more than 20 patents in storage architecture. Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Marta Karczewicz
Vice President of Technology
Marta Karczewicz holds over 300 granted US and over 100 granted European patents on video compression. She was one of three recipients of the Qualcomm IP excellence Award 2012, a prize recognizing the company’s most distinguished inventors. This year, Dr. Karczewicz was nominated as one of three finalists for the 2019 European Inventor Award in the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement” category thanks to her decades-long work on video compression technologies.
She is an author of 16 journal papers and over 40 conference papers including 5 invited papers to special issues of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology on AVC, HEVC and VVC, and she received EURASIP’s best paper award in the Image Communication category in 1997.
Dr. Karczewicz received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. (with honors) degrees from the Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. From 1996 to 2006, she was with Nokia where she managed the “Visual Technologies” Competence Area, and in 2004 she became the head of the Nokia Research Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2006 she joined Qualcomm, where she is currently a Vice President, Technology, in the Multimedia R&D group. Since 1998, she has been active participant in H.264/AVC, HEVC and VVC video codecs development within MPEG and ITU-T standardization forums. While in Qualcomm she has also contributed to projects related to software and hardware video encoder implementation, virtual reality, and Universal Bandwidth compression.
Corporate Vice President of Design Engineering
Suzanne Plummer is a corporate vice president of Design Engineering at AMD. In this role, she is responsible for the design of AMD discrete GPU products, including the newest Radeon products based on the RDNA Architecture. She leads a team of over 800 full-time engineers and contractors in China, Canada and the United States.
Since joining AMD in 2002, Plummer has led several design teams behind AMD’s most innovative technologies, including the low power x86 microprocessor used in the world’s first APU and the x86 microprocessor powering all of AMD’s game console wins. Plummer also directed the teams that designed the Zen and Zen 2 architectures – which power AMD’s new microprocessors and drove the company’s re-entry into the high-performance x86 market.
In addition to her work in x86 processor development, she was the Engineering Lead and interface for all products developed for Microsoft in the Semi-custom business unit.
Previously, Plummer worked in performance modelling and design engineering at Alchemy Semiconductor, a MIPS-based processor start-up company acquired by AMD in 2002, where she helped develop the AU1000 MIPS microprocessor.
Plummer started her career in applications engineering at Motorola Semiconductor before transitioning to design engineering, where she held various roles across architecture, performance modeling, RTL design and design management.
Plummer was the lead for the AMD Austin site for two years and is the Executive Sponsor for the AMD Pride organization, supporting AMD’s LGBTQ community. She has been involved in the AMD Women’s Forum and with AMD’s Learning and Development Organization, helping to design and lead technical leadership training classes.
Plummer has a BSEE from Rice University and has worked in the semiconductor industry for 30 years.
Dr. Linda K Somerville, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President, Technology Development – Mask and Materials Characterization
Micron Technology, Inc.
Linda Somerville is corporate vice president of Technology Development – Mask and Materials Characterization at Micron Technology. Dr. Somerville joined Micron in 1995 and has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions. In her current role, she leads a large global team within the Technology Development department.
Her responsibilities include photomask technology development and fabrication, materials characterization, business operations, environmental health and safety, university outreach, and data security. This work supports process technology development for Micron’s DRAM, NAND and emerging memory devices. Prior to joining Micron, Dr. Somerville worked at IBM.
Dr. Somerville earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Dr. Somerville also serves on the Micron Foundation Board and the Boise State University College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
For additional information on awards, contact Traci Brandon
GSA’s preferred hotel for the 2019 Awards Dinner Celebration is the Avatar Hotel.
4200 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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