Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder recently hosted a Dallas reception at Texas Instruments Inc. that included 14 Case Western Reserve alumni who are currently working at the corporation. The group represents a broad spectrum of alumni—from the Case School of Engineering to the College of Arts and Sciences—who hold an equally varied and prominent set of roles at one of the world's leading semiconductor companies, including Joseph F. Hubach (LAW '83), senior vice president, secretary and general counsel.
Texas Instruments has a long history of attracting alumni seeking to make a mark in technology innovation. Larry J. Hornbeck, for example, came to Texas Instruments after earning his Ph.D. in solid state physics from Case Western Reserve in 1974. "Texas Instruments was my postgraduate school," Hornbeck recalls. "I learned silicon processing, modeling, and manufacturing."
Along the way, Hornbeck has accumulated 33 patents and a host of awards — not the least of which is a 1998 Emmy Award in engineering for his work on the first Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) and development of the optical semiconductor, an invention that has transformed the cinematic world. He also invented the chip behind Texas Instruments' DLP technolgoy, which is used in HDTVs, projectors and Digital Cinemas. Hornbeck was recently inducted into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.
The presidential event also drew former Texas Instruments employee, Charles Phipps (CIT '49), who has founded several successful technology start-ups and is a major donor to the Case School of Engineering.
Case Western Reserve looks forward to continuing its close relationship with Texas Instruments as the university prepares the next generation of technology innovators.
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