2014 CIE-SF Annual Conference Dinner Banquet Keynote Speaker

Jiang Chiang controller

Jiang Chiang, California State Controller

John Chiang was first elected in November 2006 to serve as Controller of the State of California, the ninth-largest economy in the world. He was elected to serve a second term in November 2010.

Since taking office in January 2007, Controller Chiang took immediate action to make the State’s finances more transparent and accountable to the public and to weed out waste, fraud and abuse of public funds. The Controller’s aggressive audits have identified more than $6 billion in taxpayer dollars that were denied, overpaid, subject to collection, or resulted in revenues, savings and cost avoidance.

As Controller during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Chiang was forced to delay payments and issue IOUs in order to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management was cited by rating agencies as a benefit to the State. Fitch Ratings lauded the Controller for using “several strategies, including payment deferrals and IOUs, to ensure continuation of priority payments.” Standard & Poor’s said the Controller’s “extraordinary cash management maneuvers” protected the state’s priority payments, and California Municipal Bond Advisor noted, “State Controller Chiang has been a hero of sorts to us during California’s recent distress because he did just what he was supposed to do to protect bondholders.”

He has led efforts to reform the State’s public pension systems, helped local governments navigate difficult economic times, protected California’s precious natural resources, reunited rightful owners with $2.7 billion in unclaimed cash and 181 million shares of stocks and securities that had been lost or forgotten, and launched financial and tax assistance seminars for California’s working families, seniors, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Controller Chiang has received numerous awards for his leadership and public service, including the 2007 California Association of School Board Officer’s Honor Roll Award; the 2009 Jewish Labor Committee Max Mont Mensch Award; the Pat Brown Institute’s 2010 Public Servant of the Year; the 2010 Crystal Eagle Award from Coro Southern California; the 2011 Marvin Greene Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association Business and Corporations Law Section; and in February
2011, he received the Association of Government Accountants William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award for improving financial management practices and consistently exhibiting the highest personal and professional standards.

Chiang and his wife, Terry Chi, live in Torrance, California.


Paul Chu Web

Paul C. W. Chu, University President

Doctor C.W. “Paul” Chu is professor of Physics, director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity, and the T.L.L. Temple Chair of Science at the University of Houston. He serves as Honorary Chancellor of the Taiwan Comprehensive University System and was the President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2001 to 2009.

He also served as consultant and visiting staff member at Bell Labs, Los Alamos National Lab, the Marshall Space Flight Center, Argonne National Lab, and DuPont at various times.

Doctor Chu was born in Hunan, China, and received the B.S. degree from Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. After service with the Nationalist Chinese Air Force, he earned the M.S. degree from Fordham University, Bronx NY, and completed the Ph.D. degree at the University of California at San Diego, all three degrees in Physics.

He and his colleagues achieved stable superconductivity at 93 K (-180) above the critical temperature of liquid nitrogen (-196), a major advancement in modern science. Later, they again obtained stable superconductivity at a new record high temperature of 164 K (-109) in another compound when it was compressed. His current research activities extend beyond superconductivity to magnetism and dielectrics. His work has resulted in the publication of more than 590 papers in refereed journals.

Doctor Chu, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, belongs to a host of national and international societies and organizations. He has received numerous awards and honors for his research, including the National Medal of Science and the Comstock Prize in Physics in 1988, and the American Physical Society’s International Prize for New Materials. He was an invited contributor to the White House National Millennium Time Capsule at the National Archives in 2000 and was selected the Best Researcher in the U.S. by US News and World Report in 1990.


2014 CIE Annual Conference Afternoon Technical Program

Chenming Hu 2014 Web

Prof. Chenming Hu, UC Berkeley

 Biography:Chenming Hu is Distinguished Chair Professor of Microelectronics at UC Berkeley. He was the Chief Technology Officer of TSMC and founder of Celestry Design Technologies. He is best known for developing the revolutionary 3D transistor FinFET that powers all semiconductor chips beyond 20nm. He also developed the international standard transistor model that is used to design most of the integrated circuits in the world. He is a member of the US Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Science, and Academia Sinica. He has received the Andrew Grove Award, Nishizawa Medal, Semiconductor Industry Association Award, Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, and UC Berkeley’s highest honor for teaching, the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

Talk Title: FinFET-University Innovation Changes Semiconductor Chip Technology

Abstract: Gordon Moore calls the 3-dimensional transistor FinFET the most drastic shift in semiconductor technology in over 40 years. Intel has switched to FinFET for production. TSMC, Samsung, and all most advanced semiconductor companies will do so in 2014. What is FinFET? What else may the future bring?

 Chun pei Ma 2014 Web  

Prof Chung-Pei Ma, UC Berkeley

Biography: Dr. Ma is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and received both her undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2002, she was a Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ma’s scientific contributions are in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy. She has studied the properties of dark matter and dark energy, the cosmic microwave background, galaxy formation and evolution, and recently, discovered the two most massive black holes ever
found, each with a mass ten billion times that of the Sun.

Among the awards Dr. Ma has received are the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award from the American Physical Society, the Annie J. Cannon Award from the American Astronomical Society, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Overseas Chinese Physics Association, Fellowships from the Sloan and Simons Foundations, the Miller Professorship from the Miller Institute at UC Berkeley, and the election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Talk Title: Dark Matters: the Other Universe

Abstract: A startling discovery in science in the past few decades is most mass in the universe is in “dark matter.” This clever form of matter is capable of speeding up the motion of stars and galaxies while eluding direct detection at the same time. Dr. Ma will summarize the evidence for the existence of dark matter, discuss what it can and cannot be, and describe ongoing research on this mysterious component of the universe.

Paul Chu Web

Paul C. W. Chu, University President

Biography: See the bio of keynote speakers above


Title of Talk: The Lure of High Temperature Superconductivity”

Abstract: The discovery of high temperature superconductivity in 1986-87 has been hailed as a great advancement in modern physics and generated unprecedented enormous excitements worldwide. After the ensuing extensive studies, more than 300 high temperature superconductors have been discovered with a transition temperature up to 164 K, many theoretical models proposed and many prototype devices constructed and demonstrated. Many questions remain. For instance, does room-temperature superconductivity exist, what is the mechanism for high temperature superconductivity and to what extend will high temperature superconductivity change our life? In this presentation, I shall briefly address the above questions after describing the history of high temperature superconductivity, summarizing its present status and discussing its future.

William McFarland 2014 Web

William McFarland, VP of Technology, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc

Biography: William J. McFarland is currently VP of Technology at Qualcomm Atheros. He leads new initiatives across Qualcomm Atheros’ product line, which includes WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM, NFC, Ethernet, and Power Line Communications. Bill also guides standards, regulatory, architecture, and technology roadmap planning. Bill joined Atheros in 1999, and was its CTO focusing in the same areas prior to the acquisition of Atheros by Qualcomm in May of 2011. 

Before joining Atheros, Bill spent 14 years at the Hewlett Packard Research Lab designing analog ICs for high speed digital test equipment, fiber optic communications links, and led early research in integrated CMOS radios. Bill has published over 35 papers, holds over 70 patents, and is a Fellow of the IEEE. Bill received a BSEE from Stanford University in 1983, and a MSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985.

Title of Talk: Technologies for the Internet of Everything

Abstract: There is an explosion in the number and types of devices that are being connected to the internet. From large sophisticated devices like televisions, to small battery powered devices like thermostats, there is value to being able to access those devices over the internet, and in turn having the devices access the cloud. This talk will focus on the technologies that will enable the Internet of Everything (IoE) in which every electronic device is connected. These technologies include several types of wireless communication, IoE specific communication protocols, and sophisticated network processing to handle communications and run applications.