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Les Vadasz: Honorary Degree Goes to One of Intel’s Founders

Les Vasdasz with SSU President Ruben ArminanaLes Vasdasz (left) with SSU president Ruben Armiñana.

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In recognition of his creativity, leadership, and contributions to the microprocessor industry and the advancement of technology, the Trustees of the California State University and Sonoma State University were proud to confer on Leslie L. Vadasz the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at SSU’s commencement last May.

With an eye for innovation and an invigorating passion for engineering, Vadasz had a key role in the rise of the international personal computer industry and, specifically, the phenomenal growth of Intel, the world’s largest maker of microprocessors. Vadasz was a member of Intel’s founding team in 1968 and held a variety of engineering and business management positions during his 35-year career with the company. He led design teams that developed some of the semiconductor industry’s most significant products: the first dynamic random access memory chip, the first erasable, programmable read-only memory, and the world’s first microprocessor, which is a key component in every personal computer today. Throughout his career, Vadasz has provided strategic guidance and direction to the technology industry. Elected a vice president of Intel in 1975, Vadasz served on the company’s board of directors from 1988 to 2002.

He helped establish the investment unit Intel Capital in 1991 and served as its president. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Vadasz served on several government advisory boards related to technology issues, including the Presidential Advisory Committee for Information Technology and the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.

Vadasz earned a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering from McGill University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.