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Candidate for 2023 IEEE Technical Activities Vice President-Elect

Industry Executive

TEAM Builder


Rakesh has a distinguished semiconductor industry career, is an entrepreneur, and an educator. He is the founder of two start-ups and has made many technical and leadership contributions at Cadence, Unisys, and Motorola.  He has developed leading semiconductor technologies.  As VP&GM at Cadence he built a successful Silicon Technology services business championing the integration of silicon, design and EDA in chip and system design.  He enabled the Fabless industry revolution and authored McGraw Hill’s “Fabless Semiconductor Implementation”.  He is an IEEE Life Fellow, was inducted into the Technical Activities Hall of Honor.  His many IEEE contribution include Chair of the President’s Data AdHoc & Roadmaps Committees, Co-Chair of DataPort, past-President of SSCS, TA Chair for 3 Sections Congresses.  He teaches Entrepreneurship at UC San Diego. 


He received the EE Ph.D. and M.S. from Univ. Rochester in 1974, 1971, BTech. from IITDelhi in 1969, and Executive “MBA” from UCSD in 1989

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