PORTLAND, Ore.—Analog Devices Inc. has bestowed its highest technical honor on three engineers who have made invaluable contributions to electronics. The new ADI Fellows were recognized for their contributions to data conversion, semiconductor manufacturing and motion sensing with micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS).
ADI picks Fellows for their exceptional contributions to electronics innovation, leadership and what the company call "entrepreneurship." Since 1979, ADI has awarded the Fellow title to 31 engineers. ADI Fellows typically adopt the role of company ambassadors that bridge organizational charts and which excel at mentoring younger budding engineers.
"The Fellows selection criteria that Analog Devices established more than 30 years ago [embodies] their conspicuous innovation, contribution to the company’s commercial success and willingness to serve as role models for their peers," said ADI Chief Technology Officer Sam Fuller. "The next generation of Analog Devices engineers will stand on the shoulders of leaders such as these."
ADI Fellow Susan Feindt was honored for her contributions to semiconductor fabrication technologies, including complementary bipolar (BiCMOS) and bonded wafer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) which eanbles full dielectric isolation for devices. ADI cited her work as instrumental in the success of its XFCB process family.
Feindt with ADI Co-founder and Chairman Ray Stata.
ADI Fellow John Geen was recognized for his contributions to micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technologies that combined microscopic mechanism for tasks such as triggering airbags, and combining them with high-performance CMOS electronics on the same chip. Known as the "father of the gyroscope" Geen remains a prolific inventor with over 100 patents in his name, many of which will be instrumental in emerging automotive technologies such as rollover protections, electronic stability control and for smart-helmets that protect both athletes and soldiers from head injuries.
Geen with Stata.
ADI Peter Hurrell was recognized for his contributions to data conversion technologies, including SAR (successive-approximation register) and delta-sigma modulation, as well as several newer innovations that are still brewing in ADI's labs.
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