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T. J. Rodgers, Founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., To Deliver Commencement Address at Menlo College on May 5th | Cypress Semiconductor

T. J. Rodgers, Founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., To Deliver Commencement Address at Menlo College on May 5th

Last Updated: May 05, 2007

T. J. Rodgers, Founder and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., To Deliver Commencement Address at Menlo College on May 5th

From Menlo College, Atherton, Calif.

ATHERTON, Calif., April 5, 2007-Menlo College President Timothy Haight announced today that T. J. Rodgers, founder, president, CEO and director of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., will deliver the Commencement Address at Menlo College's Seventy-Eighth Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00 PM.

Rodgers is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and sits on the board of directors of high-technology companies, including Silicon Light Machines (light-switching ICs), Bloom Energy (fuel cells), Provina (advanced, net-based home winemaking) and SunPower Corp. (advanced solar cells). He is also a member of the board of Dartmouth College, his alma mater. 

Having become the first semiconductor industry CEO to make a bet on solar technology just three years earlier, Dr. Rodgers led Cypress's solar subsidiary, SunPower, through one of the tech industry's most successful IPOs in November 2005, raising $145.6 million. SunPower raised an additional $197.4 million in a secondary offering. Rodgers has also led Cypress's transformation to focus on proprietary, programmable products, a move that helped the company break $1 billion in revenue in 2006.

"I am honored and privileged to have such a distinguished business and entrepreneurial leader address the Menlo College community at Commencement," said Dr. Haight. "Dr. Rodgers' contributions to the world of business and technology are legendary, and his insights into that world will be the perfect capstone to our 2007 graduates as they look to their future."

Rodgers was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth, where he graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master's degree (1973) and a Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering. At Stanford, Rodgers invented, developed, and patented VMOS technology, which he sold for cash and royalties to American Microsystems Inc. (AMI). He managed the MOS memory design group at AMI from 1975 to 1980 before moving to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), where he ran AMD's static RAM product group from 1979-1982.

Rodgers founded Cypress Semiconductor Corporation in 1982. Since then, he has served as president, CEO and a director of the company, helping to build it into an international supplier of high-performance, mixed signal, programmable solutions with nearly 6,000 employees. Called "a quintessential entrepreneurial company" by The Wall Street Journal, Cypress and its management team have received many awards for excellence in financial management. These include an Encore Award from the Stanford University Business School as entrepreneurial company of the year in 1988; an Entrepreneur of the Year award from the global consulting company, Ernst & Young, in 1991; three Bronze Awards and two Silver Awards from The Wall Street Transcript for outstanding management; and a Kachina Award from market-research company In-Stat Inc. for excellence in financial management. In 2005, Cypress was named one of the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" in the U.S. by Business Ethics magazine. In its October 2001 issue, Upside Magazine cited Rodgers as one of the "100 People Who Changed Our World." Financial World magazine named Rodgers "CEO of the Year" in 1996. In 2002, Rodgers was named to a list of the year's "Top 100 Chief Executives" by Chief Executive magazine. In 2005, Rodgers was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame. In 2006, he was honored with a Fellow Award from the International Engineering Consortium.

About Menlo College
Established in 1927, Menlo College is a private four-year baccalaureate college that specializes in business management. Menlo College is located at 1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, California.