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Stanford and Intel Moving Innovation Into Tomorrow

by on May.19, 2009, under Storage

Stanford and Intel Moving Innovation Into Tomorrow

In the spirit the new Intel campaign, Sponsors of Tomorrow, I was delighted to learn about Standford University and Intel celebrating decades collaboration and technology research “rock stars.”

This is a collection of highlights from a full feature story with photos and additional interviews available at the Stanford University School of Engineering site. CNET’s nanotech: the circuits blog also writes Intel fets four-decade Santford-link.

Do you know what Intel executives Craig Barrett, Pat Gelsinger and Paolo Gargini have in common? They – and hundreds of Intel employees – are Stanford University alumni who have fostered a decades-long relationship between the university and Intel based on a shared passion for technology innovation.

Here are some stories from the four decades of Intel and Stanford innovating together:

  • Stanford electrical engineering alumnus Marcian “Ted” Hoff, became Intel employee number 12 back in 1969 and within two years, along with Federico Faggin and Stan Mazor, he had invented Intel’s flagship product: the microprocessor. The success was no fluke. For more than four decades, the Stanford-Intel relationship has yielded not only important advances in semiconductors but also hundreds of successful, and sometimes legendary, engineering careers. Today almost 1,000 Stanford alumni have Intel on their resume.
  • Craig Barrett, who was a materials science and engineering alumnus and then served as a professor from 1965 until he joined Intel in 1974. This month, the former Intel CEO will retire from his post as chairman of the board. The historic moment provides an opportunity for reflection. “Across the board from computer architecture, to semiconductor device modeling, to new packaging technologies, to new computer programming algorithms, the work at Stanford has helped move the industry forward,” Barrett said in a recent interview.
  • Pat Gelsinger, an Intel senior vice president and the general manager of its Digital Enterprise Group. Gelsinger, a former CTO and head of research at the company, earned a MS degree in electrical engineering at Stanford in 1985. “In almost every area that Intel is doing work we can point to significant collaboration and research projects with Stanford,” said Gelsinger. During his days as a Stanford student, Gelsinger used information from his day job designing the 486 processor to defeat then-professor — and Stanford’s current president — John Hennessey in a CISC vs. RISC debate.
  • “From the late 1970s when I joined the electrical engineering faculty, to today, Intel has been one of the most reliable and energizing sources of support for Stanford students, faculty and their research,” said Stanford President John Hennessy, who is also a professor of computer science and electrical engineering. “This especially close relationship has not only led to new technologies and knowledge, but has also strengthened the model of academic and industrial partnership that sustain the success of Silicon Valley.”
  • Paolo Gargini, director of technology strategy in Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, explains that CIS is an important program because it brings together researchers from different disciplines to tackle the most forward-looking and fundamental questions. “Now students…are working together, learning from each other toward creating a new class of components that we hope will become functional in the next 5 to 10 years,” said Gargini, an Intel Fellow and former Stanford postdoc, who is on the CIS advisory board and who leads the semiconductor industry’s efforts to stay on a technology “roadmap” of future performance benchmarks.
  • Intel supported projects at Stanford made headlines. One was the 2005 publication in Nature by electrical engineering professors David A.B. Miller and Jim Harris of a key advance in integrating electronic chips with optical signals. The other was the victory of the artificially intelligent Volkswagen SUV Stanley) in a desert race of self-driving cars. Intel also supported Stanley’s successor “Junior,” which took second-place in an urban-themed robot race in 2007.

Timeline 1968 – Intel founded.

1969 – Stanford graduate Marcian “Ted” Hoff joins Intel s employee #12. He co-invents the first microprocessor, released two years later.

1974 – Stanford Professor Craig Barrett joins Intel

1978 – Stanford Postdoc Paolo Gargini joins Intel

1979 – Center for Integrated Systems is founded at Stanford. Intel is a leading supporter among member companies.

Early 1980s – Intel supports semiconductor simulation research of Professor Bob Dutton

1985 – Intel employee Pat Gelsinger earns electrical engineering Masters degree; Dean Jim Gibbons, Robert Noyce and Chinese Premier Li Peng share the stage at a Stanford conference.

1993 – Intel begins a masters fellowship program at Stanford

1994 -Professor Reiner Dauskardt starts influential work on thin film adhesion with Intel support.

1997 – Intel donates more than 400 computers to Stanford, and helps support the launch of the PBL Lab in which civil and environmental engineers use computers to design buildings.

1998 – Intel supports the digital camera research of Professor Abbas El Gamal

2000 – Materials research building named for Gordon Moore

2005 – Intel supported research on optoelectronics published in Nature.

2006 – Intel helps launch the multiuniversity Western Institute of Nanotechnology

2008 – Intel donates hundreds more computers to School of Engineering


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