GSA recognizes semiconductor companies that have demonstrated excellence through their success, vision, strategy and future opportunities in the industry at its annual Awards Celebration.
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.
The 2021 Recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award is Dr. Walden “Wally” Rhines
Dr. Walden “Wally” C. Rhines
President & Chief Executive Officer
WALDEN C. RHINES is President and CEO of Cornami, Inc., a fabless software/semiconductor company focused on intelligent computing for fully homomorphic encryption and machine learning. He was previously CEO of Mentor Graphics for 25 years and Chairman of the Board for 17 years. During his tenure at Mentor, revenue nearly quadrupled and market value of the company increased 10X.
Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Dr. Rhines was Executive Vice President, Semiconductor Group, responsible for TI’s worldwide semiconductor business.
Dr. Rhines has served on the boards of Cirrus Logic, QORVO, TriQuint Semiconductor, Global Logic, PTK Corp. and as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (five two-year terms). He is a Lifetime Fellow of the IEEE.
Dr. Rhines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science and PhD in materials science and engineering from Stanford University, a master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and Honorary Doctor of Technology degrees from the University of Florida and Nottingham Trent 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 were encouraged to identify women with a technical background and education within their organization that they believe will be one of their key corporate executives over the next three or four years. Nominations were reviewed by an all-female executive committee that selected the top four candidates for recognition at the GSA Annual Awards Celebration.
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Rashmi Char serves as vice president of engineering for Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Her current responsibilities include leading the 700-person global product and tools organization and serving as the overall MSM software project engineer for chipsets across the company’s portfolio, the overall IP guardian leading the…
Sr. VP, Hardware Processors Business Unit
Marvell Technology, Inc.
Dina McKinney is Senior Vice President of Hardware for the Processor Business Unit at Marvell. In this role, Dina is responsible for Marvell’s infrastructure processor development and delivering products and new technologies at the forefront of 5G, data center, enterprise and…
Fellow & Sr. Director of DFT Architecture
Teresa McLaurin is a Fellow and Senior Director of DFT (Design for Test) Architecture for all of Arm, based in Austin, Texas. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that all Arm IP (Intellectual Property) are enabled to be tested fully and with high quality by all of Arm’s partners with their myriad of methodologies and flows. To enable this, she must not only…
Corporate VP, Silicon Design Engineering
Mydung Pham is a corporate vice president of design engineering in the Technology & Engineering Group at AMD. In her current role, Mydung leads AMD’s Central Design Methodology team delivering best in-class tools and methodology to support AMD designs. Her overarching goal…
With this year’s event being virtual, pricing has been reduced for members and GSA guests.
GSA Guests $50
To help make your experience as convenient as possible, GSA has arranged a special room rate at the Avatar Hotel for attendees of the 2019 GSA Awards Celebration. Please contact the Awards Registration Team at any time if you have questions about travel arrangements.
GSA’s preferred hotel for the 2019 Awards Dinner Celebration is the Avatar Hotel.
4200 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
You can reserve a room online or call (800) 233-1234. Please specify the group code “G-GSA1” under the group name of Global Semiconductor Alliance when requesting a reservation.
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