The Alliance for Engineering Leaders in the Silicon Valley

Hall of Fame  [print page]

1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 
2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 

The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame aims to celebrate the accomplishments of engineers in Silicon Valley who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community. The Council's Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award Committee selects inductees and reviews submittals made by member professional societies, corporations, or individuals. Inductees are selected on the basis of professional achievement, service to the profession and service to the community.

 Following selection, the council holds an induction ceremony as part of its annual Engineers Week Banquet in February. Many engineers have been inducted since the first Engineering Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1990 and, to date, the Hall of Fame includes individuals who have become household names, as well as individuals who are relatively unknown. All, however, are distinguished by their outstanding engineering accomplishments.

The Award

The Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Award recognizes engineers/technologists/scientists within the Silicon Valley region who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to Silicon Valley and the Greater Bay Area communities. Induction of Award recipients is held annually; the 2009 ceremony will occur during National Engineers Week at the Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.

 Past Recipients

Nominations should be made in consideration of the high caliber of past Hall of Fame Award recipients as listed above.

Selection Criteria

Selection of Hall of Fame inductees will be based on the following criteria:

Professional Achievement (50%)

The nominee has demonstrated significant engineering achievements, provided significant guidance in new and developing fields of engineering-based technology, and/or has managed or directed an organization making noteworthy contributions in design, manufacturing, production, or service through the uses of engineering principles and applications.

Service To The Profession (30%)

The nominee has contributed significantly to one or more technical societies.

 Service To The Community (20%)

The nominee has accomplished significant community service activities, or has provided noteworthy advice to governmental committees, etc.


Each nomination application must meet the following standards and must contain the following information:

Standards Checklist

Applications must be typewritten, organized, and presented in a professional manner.

All information must be clearly labeled, using headings corresponding to the requested list below.

Total number of pages must not exceed 12 for the responses to the requested information plus a maximum of one page each for the three requested reference letters. The limit is 15 pages total.

 The original and 10 copies of the nomination application must be submitted.

All pages of application must be reproducible on a standard black & white copier.

Journal and magazine articles, company brochures and similar materials are not to be submitted.

Silicon Valley Engineering Council letterhead is not to be used in the application or transmittal letter.

 No applications are to be submitted by fax or email.

 All applications must be dated and signed by nominator(s).

Requested Information Checklist

Full name of the Nominee
Current position, employer, and address of nominee, if applicable.
 Degree(s), year(s) of graduation and Universities.
A summary biography limited to 250 words, suitable for inclusion in the Engineers Week Awards Banquet program.
Details of the nominee's accomplishment(s), to include the following information:
 • Noteworthy accomplishments
 • Summary of professional experience
 • Technical society membership and activities
 • Community service and/or accomplishments
 • Important contributions, publications, and patents
 Three letters of reference (individuals, corporations, universities, or professional societies)

Name, company, address, and telephone number of nominator(s) Applications must conform to all of the above standards and must contain all of the requested information

Nomination materials will be handled confidentially; names and information will be revealed only to the members of the HOF and Awards Committee and only winners will be announced at the SVEC Open House in November 2008*.

 Application Process
 Please direct your inquiries and applications to:
 Dr. Bernard Widrow
 Professor of Electrical Engineering
 Stanford University
 Room 273, Packard Bldg.
 Stanford, CA, 94305
 Phone: (650) 723-4949
 Email: widrow @

Late Applications
Applications received after 5:00 pm, Monday, October 6, 2008 will not be accepted.
Please remember, faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Selection Process
The Awards Committee will review only those applications that conform to the Application Standards and Requested Information described above. After reviewing the nominations based on the established Selection Criteria, the Committee may select one or more nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame. The Committee will contact the nominator(s) of any selected candidates and will verify the availability of the inductee for appearance at the Induction Ceremony on the night of the Engineers Week Banquet. SVEC requires the Hall of Fame recipient to be present at the induction ceremony to personally accept the honor. When the award is presented posthumously, or when the nominee is disabled, a family member or organization representative may receive the award.

Continued Eligibility
Each nomination application, if not selected for the Award, will be retained by the SVEC HOF and Awards Committee and reviewed for two additional years. Revision and resubmittal of a previous nomination application is treated as a new nomination and starts another three years of eligibility.

 5:00 pm, Monday, October 6, 2008
 Last day to submit nomination applications.
 November 2008*
 Inductees to be announced at the SVEC Open House.
 February, 2009*
 Engineers Week Banquet and Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony during the     National Engineers Week.
 *Separate announcements giving further details about these events will be provided in the coming months.

Download Request For Nominations
Nomination form as a MS Word document
Nomination form as a Acrobat PDF document Hall of Fame Board
Board Members (PDF document)

  • Copyright 2008, SVEC, All Rights Reserved