Engineers Week Annual Banquet 2023


Friday, February 24, 2023, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) proudly presents the 2023 Silicon Valley Engineering Council, Engineers Week Banquet 2023 on Friday, February 24, 2023. The SVEC honors outstanding individuals for their contributions by welcoming them into its Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony recognizes local engineers for their outstanding professional achievements, both in engineering and technology, and for significant contributions to the community. The banquet will also feature a distinguished keynote speaker, education/scholarships awards to students for academic excellence, Discover-E, and Keeper of the Flame Awards.

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  • 5:00 PM Reception and No-Host Bar
  • 6:00PM Move to Dining Hall
  • 6:30 PM SVEC President’s Welcome
  • 6:45 PM Dinner with Friends
  • 7:30 PM Keynote:
  • 8:00 PM SVEC 2023 Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Dr. Bill Dally
  • 8:30 PM Keeper of the Flame Awards
  • 8:45 PM Education/Scholarship Awards
  • 9:00PM Program Close

Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Inductee 2023

Dr. William J. Dally

Sr. Vice President

NVIDIA Corporation

Dr. Bill Dally is Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President of Research at NVIDIA Corporation and a Professor (Research) and former chair of Computer Science at Stanford University. Bill is currently working on developing hardware and software to accelerate demanding applications including machine learning, bioinformatics, and logical inference.  He has a history of designing innovative and efficient experimental computing systems.  While at Bell Labs Bill contributed to the BELLMAC32 microprocessor and designed the MARS hardware accelerator. At Caltech he designed the MOSSIM Simulation Engine and the Torus Routing Chip which pioneered wormhole routing and virtual-channel flow control. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology his group built the J-Machine and the M-Machine, experimental parallel computer systems that pioneered the separation of mechanisms from programming models and demonstrated very low overhead synchronization and communication mechanisms.  At Stanford University his group developed the Imagine processor, which introduced the concepts of stream processing and partitioned register organizations, the Merrimac supercomputer, which led to GPU computing, and the ELM low-power processor.  Bill is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He has received the ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, the IEEE Seymour Cray Award, the ACM Maurice Wilkes award, the IEEE-CS Charles Babbage Award, and the IPSJ FUNAI Achievement Award.  He currently leads projects on computer architecture, network architecture, circuit design, and programming systems. He has published over 250 papers in these areas, holds over 160 issued patents, and is an author of the textbooks, Digital Design: A Systems Approach, Digital Systems Engineering, and Principles and Practices of Interconnection Networks.

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SVEC member Organizations:

  • IEEE CS (IEEE Computer Society)
  • ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • IEEE SSCS (IEEE Solid State Circuit Society)
  • IEEE CIS (IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
  • SWE (Santa Clara Valley Section)
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
  • ASMI (Santa Clara Valley Chapter, ASM International)
  • EAA (Electric Auto Association)
  • NorthCal AIChE (Leading organization of Chemical Engineering Professionals)


Leaders who have made big difference in our lives

Dr. Fred Barez
WWe started Silicon Valley Engineering Council back in 1990 and I’m really excited to be part of it, our purpose was to create an umbrella organization for all technical societies in Silicon Valley…

Dr. Fred Barez

SVEC Hall of Fame Inductee 2020

Dr. Terry Shoup
SVEC Hall of Fame is really a tremendous honor in Silicon Valley, there are some wonderful people who have been inducted to the Hall of Fame and they’ve done really significant things for this community, they cross boundaries and what they’ve done in engineering have made such a big difference in our lives…

Dr. Terry Shoup

Former Dean of Engineering, Santa Clara University, SVEC Hall of Fame

Dr. Steven Chu
It’s essential to keep the flow of young people excited to go into professions that really build for the future, and I wish Silicon Valley Engineering Council the best of success…

Dr. Steven Chu

Former Secretary of Energy, Nobel Laureate, Professor at Stanford University
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Dr. Barez is a leader, aggressive participant to technology, an innovator, an entrepreneur, a high-tech company founder, a distinguished educator, and a mentor to young aspiring engineers. Following earning a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in Berkeley at the age of 25, he started his career in Silicon Valley.

Advancement in storage device technology has enabled ever more functional and affordable storage devices, with dramatic impact on virtually every aspect of life in modern society. The key to continual improvements in storage device density has been the invention and development of advanced technologies in high density rotating disk file storage systems. Dr. Barez, designed, developed and manufactured a variety of products for data storage disk drive industry, in particular, design of the unique servo clock heads to increase disk file storage. Virtually all documents and photos stored in the ‘clouds’ utilizes technologies developed by Dr. Barez.

Dr. Barez is the current Chair of Aviation and Technology, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and past Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at San Jose State University. He is a magnet to attract and inspire engineering students to his programs, has a variety of research interests such as Electronics Packaging, Semiconductors, Smart Home and Energy Efficiency, Self-driving and Autonomous Vehicles. He introduced over 35 new courses in support of workforce development in Silicon Valley; developed educational and research laboratories, supervised graduate students, and published journal and conference papers, book chapters and manuscripts.

Dr. Barez is a member of several professional and honorary societies. A co-founder and past president of SVEC, co-founder and President of SIP, and Project Enable. President of ASME Santa Clara Valley, Life Member, Fellow and recipient of the ASME’s prestigious ‘Dedicated Service’ Award, Life Member of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE), and a co-Trustee of the Epsilon Pi Tau Honorary Society.