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Tom Williams Wins TTTC Award



Tom Williams is a pioneer in test technology.

Former IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors member Thomas W. Williams recently received the IEEE Computer Society Test Technology Technical Council's Lifetime Contribution Award.

Williams, consultant and past Fellow at Synopsys, is the founder and chair of the annual IEEE Computer Society Workshop on Design for Testability and cofounder of the European Workshop on Design for Testability. He also was the chair of the IEEE Technical Subcommittee on Design for Testability and served as 2007-2008 IEEE Division VIII Director.

"Tom Williams stands out, not only as being part of the seminal team that brought structure to design in order to make systematic testing possible, but also as a committed lifetime believer and tireless advocate for moving the state of the art forward," said Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO of Synopsys. "Indeed, if one were to confer him a title, Tom would be the ultimate 'Ambassador of Test.'"

Williams was previously a senior technical staff member and manager of the VLSI Design for Testability group with IBM's microelectronics division in Boulder, Colorado. He holds a BS from Clarkson University, an MA in pure mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Colorado State University.

A program committee member and keynote speaker at many test conferences, Williams served as a Computer Society Distinguished Visiting Speaker from 1982 to 1985 and has been a special-issue editor for both IEEE Transactions on Computers and IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. He has written four book chapters and many papers on testing, edited a book, and recently coauthored another book on structured logic testing.

Williams, one of the early inventors of the scan-based test solution, has received several best paper awards, including the 1987 Outstanding Paper Award from the IEEE International Test Conference for his work in the area of VLSI self-testing, a 1987 Outstanding Paper Award from CompEuro 87 for his work on self-test, a 1989 Outstanding Paper Award (Honorable Mention) from the IEEE International Test Conference for his work on AC test quality, and a 1991 Outstanding Paper Award from the ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference for his work in the area of synthesis and testing.

An IEEE Fellow since 1989, Williams shared the IEEE Computer Society Wallace McDowell Award with Edward B. Eichelberger that year for their outstanding contributions to level-sensitive scan techniques and design for testability concepts. In 2007, Williams received the European Design and Automation Association Lifetime Achievement Award for "outstanding contributions to the state of the art in electronic design, automation, and testing of electronic systems."

Chang Named 2011 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient



Morris Chang is regarded as the father of Taiwan's semiconductor industry.

Morris Chang, who helped shape semiconductor industry and technology policy in Taiwan, has been honored with the 2011 IEEE Medal of Honor. Chang, the founding chairman and chief executive officer of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, greatly influenced industry business models and was a key contributor to Texas Instruments' rise as one of the world's leading integrated circuit companies.

Chang's work has had a lasting effect on the integrated circuit industry, including the creation of the "dedicated silicon foundry" business model. Chang helped build both the foundry industry and the fabless semiconductor industry. This involved pairing existing chip companies with an independent manufacturer to produce integrated circuits. His award citation reads, "for outstanding leadership in the semiconductor industry."

Before moving to Taiwan, Chang was president and chief operating officer of General Instrument Corporation. Prior to that, Chang worked for Texas Instruments for 25 years, six of them as group vice president responsible for the worldwide semiconductor business. Under his leadership as group vice president in charge of consumer products, Texas Instruments introduced Speak & Spell, the innovative semiconductor device.

Chang served as chairman of the board of the Industrial Technology Research Institute for seven years. There, he helped shape technology policy in Japan and boosted Taiwan's move forward in the semiconductor industry. The recipient of the IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal for exceptional contributions to the microelectronics industry in 2000, Chang has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates from seven universities.

Sponsored by the IEEE Foundation, the IEEE Medal of Honor was presented along with other IEEE medals and recognitions at a special ceremony in San Francisco.

IEEE Foundation Invites Grant Proposals

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Grants funded in 2010 included $30,000 for adding a social studies education portal to the IEEE History Center's Global History Network, $20,000 for a humanitarian electrification project focused in Rwanda, $20,000 for Ask Dr. Karen—The Web Series, $15,225 for Chile's Modular Mobile Device Innovation Challenge, and $10,000 for Engineers without Borders' Ghana School Library Initiative.

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