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Roundtable Commenters

Truong Nguyen
Distinguished Professor
University of California, San Diego

Truong Q. Nguyen is currently a Distinguished Professor at the ECE Dept., UC San Diego. His current research interests are 3D video processing, and machine learning with applications in health monitoring/analysis and 3D modelling. He is the coauthor (with Prof. Gilbert Strang) of a popular textbook, Wavelets & Filter Banks, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, 1997. He has over 450 publications, a Google H-index of 66 and over 26K citations. Prof. Nguyen received the IEEE Transaction in Signal Processing Paper Award (1992). He received the NSF Career Award in 1995 and the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego (2021). He served as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Signal Processing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits & Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Image Processing.


Lynford Goddard
Professor of ECE; Associate Dean for DEI
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Lynford Goddard received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford in 2005. His thesis topic was 1.5-micron gallium arsenide-based lasers. He conducted postdoctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Lab on photonic integrated circuits and sensors. He is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Founding Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. His research group fabricates, tests, and models photonic sensors, circuits, and instrumentation, develops novel device processing techniques, and applies quantitative phase microscopy for nanoscale science and for semiconductor wafer metrology. He received the PECASE award from President Obama and the Early Career Public Engagement Award from AAAS. He is a Fellow of SPIE and of OSA and co-author of over 200 publications and has 15 issued patents.


Dr. Patrick R. Haspel
Global Program Director

Patrick Haspel is passionate about connecting universities and academics with industry and creating mutually beneficial opportunities for one another. As the global director of the Academic Partnerships and University Programs at Synopsys, Patrick and his team foster enduring university partnerships and create programs that support students, educators, and researchers. APUP’s portfolio of projects ranges from enabling access to latest and greatest products through technology deployment, to targeted research engagements that address the ever-evolving challenges of the semiconductor industry.

Patrick started his career at the University of Mannheim where he gave lectures on computer architecture, digital design and verification and the front-to-back synthesis, place & route flow and researched low-latency communication networks for high performance compute clusters. He joined Cadence in 2005 to develop and build the Cadence Academic Network, and eventually managed the global expansion from Cadence’s headquarters in San Jose, California. In 2020, Patrick joined Synopsys in his current role.

Patrick received his diploma in Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. from the University of Mannheim, Germany.



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