CASPA 2014 Career Development Workshop – Mentor Roundtables08/20/2014 - 08/20/2014

                                            CASPA 2014 Career Development Workshop

                                                                      Mentor Roundtable


Date:                  Aug. 20th, 2014 Wed
Venue:               Community Center, Keypoint Credit Union
                           2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Registration:     Pre-register Online for limited Seating
Event Program
6:00p - 6:30p    Registration & Networking
6:30p - 6:45p     Welcome Opening        
6:45p - 8:30p    Mentor Roundtable – face to face chat with mentors in a small group; each mentor will host a roundtable; audiences can shift to another roundtable every 30min.

Charlie Chao, Ph. D    VP of Engineering, Amlogic, Inc.
Yuping Chung    General Manager, Faraday Technology Corporation
Julia Hsiao, J.D., LL.M, LL.B    Financial Adviser, Julia Hsiao Insurance & Financial Services
Rick Lazansky     Co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, Board Member of Sand Hill Angels
Michael Noonen    CEO & Co-Founder, Silicon Catalyst
Liang Peng  Sr. Director of Business Development, HiSilicon

8:30p        Adjourn

CASPA is committed to facilitate young professionals to become successful and influential in their career.  In this Career Development Workshop series, CASPA invited mentors from various backgrounds, including To help CASPA members to become influential in their respective roles, CASPA executive team has invited several mentors to share their experiences in an intimate setting.  Invited mentors include
-    CEO of an incubator, who most recently was EVP of a $4B+ IC foundry
-    Sand Hill Angel who has founded several tech start-ups
-    General Manager of a midsize Taiwan company
-    Senior Director of a tire-1 China telecom company
-    Female successful business owner in financial services industry
-    VP of Engineering of an IPO company

This career development workshop allows participants to interactively explore topics such as self-development, career ladders, career pitfalls, interpersonal dynamics, group leadership, corporate management, boardroom talks, career transitions, entrepreneurship, etc.

This workshop will be grouped into 6-7 small group roundtables; each roundtable will be hosted by one of the Mentors.  Participants may shift to another roundtable every 30min so participants will have opportunities to talk to 2-3 Mentors.  Individuals from all levels of professional experiences are welcome to attend CASPA’s Career Development Workshop – Mentor Roundtable on Wed. Aug. 20st, 2014. You will enjoy a very interactive evening at the Community Center of Keypoint Credit Union in Santa Clara.


Mentor Profile

Charlie Chao, Ph. D.
VP of Engineering
Amlogic, Inc.

Dr. Charlie Chao, currently, Vice President of Amlogic Inc. from 2008 to now and Vice Chairman of of Uniband Electronic, Inc. (UBEC) from 2005 to now, has over 15 years of experience in managing and developing RF/Analog IC products.  

Dr. Charlie Chao was Vice President of MediatTek in USA for RF division from 2005 to 2008.  Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Charlie Chao was CEO of UBEC that he founded in 2003.  He was a senior technical manager in Silicon Image Inc. from 2000 to 2003.
Prior to Silicon Image, he was co-founder and Vice President of Silicon Communication Lab., Inc. (SCL) from 1999 to 2000. In 2000, the start-up company (SCL) was merged into Silicon Image Inc.  Before founding his first start up company (SCL), Dr. Charlie Chao worked in Philips Semiconductor Wireless Group as design manager from 1996 to 1999 on RF related applications mainly on cellular phones.

Dr. Chao received his Ph.D. degree with majors at Microelectronics and Communication in Electrical Engineer from the University of Maryland/Colleague Park in 1995 and M.S. degree in Electronics from Nation Chiao-Tung University at Taiwan in 1987. He published 10 technical papers and own 12 US patents at the area of RF and analog integrated circuit design.


Yuping Chung
General Manager
Faraday Technology Corporation

Yuping Chung is General Manager of Faraday Technology USA, a pioneer in ASIC design services since 1993 with headquarters in Hsinchu Taiwan.  Yuping currently serves as the Chairman and President of CASPA, a non-profit semiconductor professional organization in Silicon Valley. As a domain expert in ASIC controller, SERDES IP, SSD, and memory IC products, and with more than 30 years of experience in business and marketing management, Yuping has led several product lines and business units from development to becoming market leaders. He established a leadership position for Arasan Chip System’s data storage IPs by delivering industry first UFS (Universal Flash Storage) validation platform to tier one memory IC suppliers. At SST (acquired by Microchip in 2010), he led the SSD business unit to develop the industry first single-chip SSD in BGA and later achieved tens of million dollars revenue in the first two years. Prior to SST, he held several senior management positions at Marconix, Etron, and Mitsubishi (now Renesas). Yuping also serves as President of CASPA, a non-profit semiconductor professional organization established in 1991 in Silicon Valley with 10 local chapters in US, Taiwan, China, and Singapore. Yuping received his MSEE from Oklahoma State Univ. and BS from National Taiwan Univ.

Julia Hsiao, 蕭朱玲
J.D., LL.M, LL.B, 法學博士
Financial Adviser
Julia Hsiao Insurance & Financial Services

Council agent in New York Life Insurance Company since 1998
 Life member, MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table), including 2001, 2004-2008, 2010 MDRT Court of the Table, 2009 MDRT Top of the Table

Julia Hsiao has involved in the insurance and financial services business in the Silicon Valley, CA area since 1997. As one of the leading producers in the Silicon Valley area, Julia provides insurance to companies and insurance and financial products to individuals to help achieve their financial goals. Julia’s expertise is in assisting high net worth clients in California, with her extensive knowledge in the areas of estate conservation and wealth accumulation. As a socially responsible citizen, Julia has actively involved in community activities and charity sponsorships in the past twenty years

Rick Lazansky
Co-founder of Silicon Catalyst
Board Member of Sand Hill Angels

Rick is the co-founder of Silicon Catalyst. Rick also serves as board member of Sand Hill Angels and i-Gate Nest.  He is also vice president of product development for Agilent (through Xpedion Design Systems), designing and building RFIC design and analysis tools for the wireless and highest-speed semiconductor industry. He helpedd Xpedion raise capital from Menlo Ventures and Telesoft, and has led product development out of chaos and into 45 of the top 50 RFIC companies, including Qualcomm, Skyworks, and TI.
Rick assembled the team and led product development at RedSpark (an Autodesk spin-out in which he was the only non-Autodesk executive) where he developed web-based collaborative design chain solutions for the manufacturing industry.
Rick was also Chairman and founder of Denali Software (acquired by Cadence), the intellectual property and electronic design automation technology and market leader in memory systems and protocol verification. He was co-founder and vice president of engineering at Vantage Analysis Systems, where he managed the first VHDL simulator development team. He pioneered the use of high-level-design languages, starting in 1982 with the commercial success of the first behavioral simulation system while managing the simulation department at Silvar-Lisco.
Rick has been involved in 8 startup ventures, included color facsimile image compression, hardware, MEMS, and small office/home management software. He holds a MSCE from Stanford University, and a BS in Economics and Information (Computer) Science from UCSC.

Michael Noonen
Silicon Catalyst

Mike Noonen is the Co-founder of Silicon Catalyst, the semiconductor start-up incubator based in Silicon Valley. Silicon Catalyst address the challenges faced by semiconductor entrepreneurs by providing support, resources, and mentorship to accelerate innovation and value creation. He recently joined the board of Adapteva and he advises semiconductor and systems companies on how to grow profitably.

Noonen was Executive Vice President, Global Products, Design, Sales, & Marketing at GlobalFoundries. He also served on the Global Semiconductor Alliance Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board of Socle, a design services company recently acquired by Foxconn.

Noonen has held executive roles at NXP Semiconductors, National Semiconductor, Cisco Systems and 8x8. He started his career at NCR Microelectronics as an FAE. He has a BSEE from Colorado State University and he holds multiple patents in the areas of Internet telephony and video communications.

Liang Peng, Ph.D.
Sr. Director of Business Development
HiSilicon, a Huawei company

Dr. Liang Peng is Sr. Director of Business Development of HiSilicon, a Huawei company. Dr. Liang also served as the President and Chairman of the Board of Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA) in 2012-2013. Liang has a professional career in the semiconductor industry in the Silicon Valley for 15 years, working primarily in computer architecture on graphics processor unit (GPU), video processor and memory system. As a platform architect in Intel’s Visual and Parallel Computing Team of Intel Architecture Group, Liang has been leading the architecture definition of new graphics feature sets for Intel integrated GPU platform.

Before joining Intel, Liang had worked on IP solutions in memory systems at Rambus, video codec and SoC system architecture at Micronas, programmable GPU architecture design at Nvidia on PC and game console systems, and texture compression techniques at S3. His pioneer work on programmable pixel shader GPU pipeline was an industry milestone, and has set the foundation for the programmable design, leading to today’s high density and massive parallel computing on Modern GPU.

Liang has a B.S. in Astrophysics from Peking University, a M.S. in Space Science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Liang has 7 US patents granted or on filing to his name in computer architecture. Liang is a member of ACM, Siggraph and a Life member of CASPA.