Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Ms. Weili Dai
Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group Vice President and
General Manager of Communications and Consumer Business
Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world today. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she has helped Marvell's rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. Ms. Dai's business acumen, strategic thinking, product leadership, endless passion and personal network have contributed greatly to Marvell's fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry. Ms. Dai has served a pivotal role in creating some of the Company's most important strategic partnerships and under her leadership Marvell's technology has become an integral component of many of the world's most important products in enterprise, communications, mobile computing, consumer and emerging markets. She has also become a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology. Ms. Dai has become a powerful advocate for the better use of technology to improve the human condition.
For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek named Ms. Dai one of the "150 Women Who Shake the World" and was recently profiled by CNN International for the Leading Women Series: Leading the Female Tech Charge, Leading Women Principles Fair and Care,Educating for Future Success, and Leading Women Inspire Others. Additionally, Forbes Magazine lists Ms. Dai as one of the "World’s 100 Most Powerful Women".
Ms. Dai has held a number of significant positions within Marvell since she co-founded the Company: she has served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Manager of the Communications Business Group. She has also been a Director of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Corporate Secretary of the Board. Prior to co-founding Marvell, Ms. Dai was involved in software development and project management at Canon Research Center America, Inc. Ms. Dai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from
the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. Dai is an active philanthropist, leading Marvell's global civic engagements, including major partnership with the One Laptop Per Child program (OLPC). She is a member of the executive committee for TechNet and Bay Area Council; sits on the board of the disaster relief organization, Give2Asia; and was named to the prestigious Committee of 100, an organization representing the most-influential Chinese Americans. In recognition of their generosity, Sutardja Dai Hall at her alma mater UC Berkeley was named for Ms. Dai along with her husband Sehat Sutardja, CEO of Marvell and Pantas Sutardja, CTO of Marvell. Sutardja Dai Hall is home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). Celebrated as the glue behind her company, family and community, Ms. Dai is the proud mother of two sons who are Electrical Engineering graduate students at UC Berkeley; Christopher and Nicholas are currently Ph.D candidates.
Ms. Dai was selected as the first woman commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering graduation ceremony on May 12, 2012.
Founder & President/CEO
Jay graduated from Electrophysics department, National Chao Tung University in 1979. Jay went to Institute for Modern Optics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque,
NM to study Optical Engineering in 1982.
Jay went to University of California at San Diego for Ph.D program in EECS for one year before started his professional career in Optical System Design. Jay started his professional career with Optotech in 1985 to work on optical storage. In 1987-1991 Jay joined Kaiser Electronic to work on advanced optical design for head up display (HUD) and Helmut mounted display (HMD) for air fighter aircraft. In that period, Jay mastered the optical design skill for complicated optical system. In 1991 Jay joined Therma Wave to work on LCD panel inspection and repair instrument.Jay designed the first LCD laser repair system which was delivered to Toshiba, Sharp, LG, Samsung, and the first Taiwanese LCD manufacture Unipac Optoelectronics
for production use. After exposed to three different industries in his early career what most interesting to Jay is to apply the technology for medical use.
He joined Carl Zeiss in 1992 when a new image modality, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), was just invented from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jay started as a research scientist and then served as a director for advanced development to complete all phase OCT technology development in Carl Zeiss from 1992 to 2003. Today, OCT has become a standard care for eye examination.
Jay’s role in the history of OCT development is to develop prototypes for OCT clinic investigation, commercialized the OCT technology, and pioneered the current billion dollar OCT industry.
He left Zeiss in 2003, started Optovue to develop next generation OCT technology. His vision of the clinical use of OCT technology has resulted in the first FDA cleared Time-domain OCT in 1996 and Fourier-domain OCT system, the RTVue® in 2006. Jay has been granted over 30 patents in ophthalmic devices. He gains reputation as the pioneer of OCT technologist in the 20 years OCT evolution.
Jay has also co-founded the Crystalvue in Taiwan to develop and manufacture OCT and other medical devices. Their join effort has resulted a compact fundus camera which just cleared by FDA in January 2013.