UCLA Computer Scientist Receives Major International Semiconductor Award

By UCLA Samueli Newsroom

Jason Cong of UCLA (second from the right) received the ChipEx 2023 Global Industry Leader Award in Israel. (Image courtesy: Jason Cong/UCLA)

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Jason Cong, a distinguished professor of computer science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering, has received the 2023 Global Industry Leader Award from ChipEx2023 — the largest annual semiconductor conference in Israel.

A member of the UCLA faculty since 1990, Cong was selected to receive the award at the May 8 event in Tel Aviv for his groundbreaking research and development that “revolutionized electronic design automation and FPGA [field-programmable gate array] design methods, for co-founding several chip design related companies, and for teaching hundreds of UCLA students, many of them who now hold influential roles in the semiconductor industry.”

Cong holds the Volgenau Chair for Engineering Excellence and joint faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering, and at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. His research interests include electronic design automation, customized computing for machine learning and big-data applications, quantum computing and highly scalable algorithms. He is the director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Domain-Specific Computing. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Cong is also a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Academy of Inventors.

Previous recipients of the Global Industry Leader Award include Irwin Jacobs and Andrew Viterbi, co-founders of Qualcomm; and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom and the namesake of the engineering school at UCLA.