Hall of Fame Induction & Tribute Video
Hall of Fame Induction
Dr. Fred Barez
Chairman, Hall of Fame Committee
Dr. Fred Barez, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee, introduced this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Bill Dally. In his introductory remarks, Dr. Barez expressed his gratitude to the members of the Hall of Fame selection committee, the nominators of the inductees, and the inductees themselves for making the celebration possible.
The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame was established in 1990, following the formation of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council in 1989. The Hall of Fame aims to honor engineers in Silicon Valley who have demonstrated exceptional professional achievements and made significant contributions to the community. Over the years, a total of 93 engineers have been honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Dr. Barez acknowledged the presence of prominent individuals from the Silicon Valley community, including the giants of Silicon Valley listed in the program book and showcased on posters around the room. He then proceeded to introduce the 2023 inductee, Dr. Bill Dally, recognizing his outstanding contributions not only to his profession but also to Silicon Valley and beyond.
Dr. Bill Dally has served as the chief scientist and Senior Vice President of Research at Nvidia for the past 14 years. Prior to that, he held the position of chair of the computer science department at Stanford University for 12 years and was a professor at MIT for 11 years. In addition, Dr. Dally has founded several startups, namely Viello Communications, Stream Processors, and Avicii Systems.
Dr. Dally’s notable work spans various areas, including high-performance computers, network signal processing, streaming graphic processing units, computer system and network processor architecture, and more recently, artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is a member of esteemed professional organizations such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Dally’s expertise and contributions have been recognized with his induction into the National Academy of Engineers and his appointment to President Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
With an extensive portfolio of accomplishments, Dr. Dally has authored several textbooks, published over 250 papers, and holds 160 patents. His impact on the field of engineering and his dedication to advancing technology are evident in his achievements.
Hall of Fame Tribute Video
Dr. Bill Dally, Chief Scientist and Senior VP of Research at NVIDIA, was honored and inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame. The tribute video showcased the immense respect and admiration for Dr. Dally from various individuals, friends and colleagues, who have worked closely with him.
Jensen Huang, Founder and CEO of NVIDIA, expressed his delight in celebrating Dr. Dally’s induction, describing him as an extraordinary scientist, engineer, leader, and an amazing person deserving of this recognition.
David Luebke, Vice President of Graphics Research at NVIDIA, highlighted Dr. Dally’s exceptional intellect and ability to grasp complex concepts quickly. He admired how Dr. Dally would ask insightful questions that one wouldn’t expect until much later in a conversation.
Brian Kelleher, Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at NVIDIA, shared his initial impression of Dr. Dally, emphasizing his extensive technical interests and unparalleled depth of knowledge in the field.
Fei-Fei Li, Sequoia Professor of Computer Science & Co-Director of Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, Stanford University, acknowledged Dr. Dally’s transition from an academic scholar and world-class researcher to an industry leader. She commended his role in leading the AI revolution through advancements in both software and hardware.
Dave Patterson, Distinguished Engineer at Google & Pardee Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, UC Berkeley, praised Dr. Dally’s boldness and willingness to take risks in designing computers. He noted that this fearlessness extended to his personal life, such as his passion for flying planes, even though he had experienced a plane crash.
Chris Malachowsky, co-founder and NVIDIA Fellow, highlighted the broad and profound influence of Dr. Dally, describing him as a prolific inventor. He shared an example of Dr. Dally’s remarkable dedication by mentioning how he designed a new type of respirator during the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing his technical expertise and humanitarian efforts.
John Hennessy, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, commended Dr. Dally’s work at NVIDIA, which complemented his contributions in academia. He acknowledged Dr. Dally’s leadership in developing GPU-focused machines and turning them into powerful general-purpose computers, aligning with the future of domain-specific computing.
Jensen Huang reiterated Dr. Dally’s significant contributions as NVIDIA’s Chief Scientist, particularly in the field of accelerated computing. He emphasized Dr. Dally’s expertise across various domains, including computer graphics, climate science, quantum computing, robotics, and AI. Jensen recognized Dr. Dally’s leadership in building NVIDIA’s world-class industry lab, where groundbreaking work is conducted by a team of 300 researchers worldwide.
Sophia Shao, Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, expressed her appreciation for Dr. Dally’s encouragement of exploring innovative ideas and fostering inclusivity within the team. She praised his dedication to ensuring all team members, especially junior members, had their voices heard and were given opportunities to contribute to different aspects of projects.
Overall, the tribute video celebrated Dr. Bill Dally’s exceptional career, technical prowess, leadership, and humanitarian efforts. The quotes from various individuals highlighted his brilliance, boldness, and dedication to advancing the fields of computer science, AI, and accelerated computing. Dr. Dally’s induction into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame was well-deserved and recognized as a significant achievement in his illustrious career.