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Medal of
Honor Goes
to Transistor
IEEE Life Fellow Chenming Hu will receive this
year's IEEE Medal of Honor
"for a distinguished career
of developing and putting
into practice semiconductor models, particularly 3D
device structures, that have
helped keep Moore's Law
going over many decades."
Hu has been called the
Father of the 3D Transistor
due to his development of
the Fin Field Effect Transistor in 1999. Intel, the first
company to implement
FinFETs in its products,
called the invention the
most radical shift in semiconductor technology in
more than 50 years.
Hu received the 2014
U.S. National Medal of
Technology and Innovation
"for pioneering innovations
in microelectronics including reliability technologies,
the first industry-standard
model for circuit design,
and the first 3D transistors-

which radically advanced
semiconductor technology."
He was awarded the
2009 IEEE Nishizawa
Medal "for achievements
critical to producing
smaller yet more reliable
and higher-performance
integrated circuits."
Hu has been a professor of engineering at the
University of California,
Berkeley, since 1976. He is
a member of the board of
semiconductor manufacturers Ambarella and Inphi.
He was chair of Friends
of Children with Special
Needs, a nonprofit in Fremont, Calif., that supports
developmentally delayed
children and adults, and
also was a chair of the East
Bay Chinese School in Oakland, Calif., where children
and adults learn Mandarin.
He is also the founding
chair of Celestry Design
Technologies, creator of
analysis programs for the
semiconductor industry.
Celestry was acquired in
2002 by Cadence.
From 2001 to 2004 he
was chief technology officer
at Taiwan Semiconductor
Manufacturing, the world's
largest IC manufacturing
company, based in Hsinchu.
Hu has authored
five books, written
900 research papers
and holds more than
100 U.S. patents.
Hu received a bachelor's degree in electrical
engineering in 1968 from
the National Taiwan University, in Taipei. He received a

master's degree and a Ph.D.
in electrical engineering
from UC Berkeley in 1970
and 1973, respectively.
The IEEE Foundation
sponsors the IEEE Medal
of Honor.
The award is scheduled
to be presented at the
annual IEEE Honors Cer-

emony during the IEEE
Vision, Innovation, and
Challenges Summit, to be
held on 15 May at the JW
Marriott Parq Vancouver.
This article originally appeared
online as "IEEE Medal of Honor
Goes to Life Fellow Chenming Hu."

IEEE Fellows Ray Liu
and S.K. Ramesh Run
for 2021 President-Elect
The IEEE Board of Directors has nominated Fellows
Ray Liu and S.K. Ramesh as candidates for IEEE presidentelect. The candidate elected in this year's election will
serve as IEEE president in 2022.
Liu is an engineering professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. He leads the university's Signal and
Information Group, which researches signal processing
and communications.
He has founded several startups including Origin Wireless,
which pioneered AI for wireless sensing and indoor tracking. Under Liu's leadership as
chief executive, the company
invented the world's first centimeter-accuracy indoor positioning and tracking system
using the principle of "time
reversal." The invention is now
available in more than 150
Liu has held many volunteer positions. He was the 2019
vice president of IEEE Technical Activities. As 2012-2013
president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, he established a new membership board to offer more benefits to
society members-which resulted in increased membership. In 2005 he cofounded the IEEE Signal Processing
chapter in Washington, D.C. From 2003 to 2005, he was
editor-in-chief of IEEE Signal Processing magazine.
He was also the 2016-2017 Division IX director.
Liu was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2003 "for contributions
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