8/28 - Leadership in Management in the Age of AI



Host: Monte Jade Science and Technology Association Location: Online Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021

Time: 10:00-11:30AM (PST); 1:00-2:30PM (EST)

  • Speaker: John Chen, VP of Technology and Foundry Management, NVIDIA

  • Interviewer: Peter Chu, Ex- Chairman (2011-2013), Monte Jade West

Registration: here. Free.

Description: Technology innovation and leadership, scalability, quality, and focus are core competencies valued by leading tech firms around the globe. In the cyclical segment of semiconductors, two companies have stood out over their peers: TSMC and NVIDIA. While TSMC focuses on pushing the limits of physics and geometry without compromising on perfecting the manufacturing process to supply more than 50% of the world’s semiconductors, NVIDIA has again and again broadened its addressable semiconductor applications segments from gaming to AI enable solutions in automotive, data centers and pro graphics.


Dr. John Chen has the unique experience of working for the founders of NVIDIA and TSMC. He has deep appreciation for the different styles that created the firms’ unique cultures to support the success in their respective technology stacks. Dr. Chen will share his reflections on the different management philosophies that create excellence in manufacturing, product reach, and innovation. Even though in the same industry, NVIDIA and TSMC, have out-competed others in their industry through their unique culture around growth, risk, and people management.


Additionally, these organizations have tapped into the valuable technology and people talent bridge between the US and Asia. They are harnessing the multi-geography and multi-cultural ecosystems that represent the best of global corporations. Don’t miss the session about an amazing journey and valuable lessons to aspiring executives in the frontier of innovation and excellence. About the Speaker John Y. Chen has been the Corporate Vice President of Technology and Foundry Management at NVIDIA Corporation since 2004. Prior to that, Dr. Chen spent 10 years at TSMC. He created and ran the R&D group at TSMC, Taiwan.

Subsequently, he built and ran fab operations of WaferTech in Camas, WA, and then served as the Vice President of Business Development for a year at WaferTech.

Earlier in his career at Hughes Research Lab and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he has contributed more than 100 refereed journal articles, most published by IEEE. He has contributed chapters in books and reports published by Academic Press and SAIC. He wrote a textbook on “CMOS Devices and Technology for VLSI,” published by Prentice-Hall, a part of Simon & Schuster. He was elected to the IEEE Fellow in 1992 for “leadership in and contributions to CMOS device and process technology.” He served on Monte Jade West board and was a board director of Cascade Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCD) from 2010-2016. He is now on the advisory boards for three private companies in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Chen holds a BS in EE from National Taiwan University, an MS in EE from University of Maine, a Ph.D. in EE from UCLA, and a master’s degree from the UCLA Executive Engineering Management Program. He has taught two semesters at Santa Clara University, and three semesters at National Chiao-tung University in Taiwan. He has given the guest lectures at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, University of Maryland and UCLA numerous times.

Dr. Chen is now writing a book on “Leadership in Management,” to be published by Nova Science Publisher, 2022.


About the Interviewer Peter Chu is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and corporate executive with experience in leading startup, growth, and public companies. A Silicon Valley veteran of Oracle, BroadVision, and AsiaTech Ventures, Peter invests in and advises leaders in the knowledge economy. He is on the board of an EU-based green tech initiative and a digital transformation solution provider in Asia. He also serves in advisory roles in education institutions in the US and Asia.

Peter holds an electrical engineering degree from Stanford University and received his MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He has been a member of Monte Jade West for 30 years and has served as the Chairman of Monte Jade West. For over a decade, he has actively engaged as a board advisor and mentor to the Asian-American professional community.


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