The Columbia Alumni Association and CAA Taiwan are pleased to present Columbia Engineering Dean Mary C. Boyce in conversation with Dr. Feng-Ming "Fermi" Wang, CEO and co-founder of Ambarella, Inc., a company that produces low power, high definition video compression and image processing semiconductors for mobile video applications such as the popular "GoPro" wearable technologies. Dean Boyce and Dr. Wang will talk about the experience of launching successful ventures in today's global marketplace, with a special focus on the growing linkages between Silicon Valley, New York, Taiwan and China. The Columbia Alumni Association, CAA Taiwan, and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science invite you to join fellow alumni, newly admitted and current students, Columbia parents and University administrators in this thought-provoking conversation and Q&A. Guests will enjoy a social dinner together along with the evening's program.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and completing his military service in Taiwan, Feng-Ming “Fermi” Wang had considered attending graduate school in California. His brother, Wang Fong-Jen, was already a student at Columbia Engineering studying mechanical engineering and convinced Fermi to join him, even though Fermi did not have any financial aid. Despite what he describes as a “huge transition” moving to New York City, Dr. Wang thrived, going on to earn both an MS (1989) and PhD (1991) in electrical engineering. In 1990, then-student Fermi Wang and Professor Dimitris Anastassiou successfully filed a patent for encoding core digital MPEG-2 video. Their technology is essential to video and systems coding standards still used in TVs, DVD players and recorders, personal computers, computer gaming, and cameras. Since this early success, Dr. Wang has become a global authority on video compression technology, a highly respected leader in the semiconductor industry, and a serial entrepreneur, responsible for a set of highly successful products and services. Today, Dr. Wang is the CEO, president, and chairman of the board of Ambarella. The company, which has research centers in Asia and California, went public in 2012.
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