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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 is the TSMC Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.
The pinnacle of recognition for IEEE, the Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1917. The award is sponsored by the IEEE Foundation.
This year, in light of the global health emergency and pervasive travel restrictions, IEEE made the difficult decision not to hold the in-person IEEE Honors Ceremony. Instead, Hu and the other 22 diverse 2020 IEEE Medal and Recognition recipients will be honored in a series of online promotions.
- Visit the Awards’ Facebook and Twitter social media platforms to see a continuing series of posts highlighting each 2020 recipient.
- A great series of videos featuring all of 2020 Medal and Recognition recipients has been created on the Awards Channel on IEEE.TV. Each video offers a unique look at this year’s award recipients, including their tremendous contributions that have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession.
- To learn more about the Medal of Honor and all other awards in IEEE’s Awards Program portfolio, lip through the digital 2020 IEEE Awards Booklet, where you’ll find each recipient’s photo and bio.
- The Awards Program is also partnering with the IEEE History Center to promote the 2020 recipients on their Engineering and Technology Wiki. Read Q&As with these recipients to find out what motivates them, what got them started in their careers—as well as lots of other interesting factoids about them, including their favorite foods.
- Plans are being made to recognize the 2020 recipients at the 2021 IEEE Vision, Innovation, and Challenges Summit & Honors Ceremony.