Feb. 19, 2009 SVEC Banquet

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On February 19, 2009 in San Jose, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its Annual Silicon Valley Engineers Week Banquet, “Economic Renaissance Through Engineering”. The SVEC honored several outstanding individuals for their remarkable contributions by welcoming them into its Hall of Fame. They also awarded scholarships for academic excellence.

Honorable Lt. Gov. John Garamendi of California gave the keynote, “Keeping California Golden – Innovative Leadership and Investment.”

Four outstanding technology innovators were honored at the SVEC Hall of Fame ceremony for their significant contributions. The honorees were:

Mr. Robert E. Berry, Chairman Emeritus and Systems Fellow, Space Systems/Loral for contributing to the establishment of today’s commercial satellite industry.

Dr. Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, Chancellor, University of California, Merced for his seminal contributions to microelectronics, computer-aided design and development of interdisciplinary educational programs in information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, Chief Scientist for Exploration Technology Center for Nanotechnology, NASA Ames Research Center for his success in developing one of the world’s largest research centers for nanotechnology and for his technical contributions to nanotechnology.

Dr. Jimmy Kazuhiro Omura, Technology Strategist, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for his fundamental contributions to information theory, data encryption systems, and spread spectrum radios.

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