Hajime Sasaki

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Hajime Sasaki has demonstrated vital leadership in developing both the technology and business of semiconductors.

Mr. Sasaki has advanced the semiconductor industry in key positions with the IEEE, the World Semiconductor Council, and other groups. He is credited with providing key wisdom that helped build strong international relationships and corporate partnerships in the semiconductor industry even during years of difficult trade relations between the United States and Japan.

In the many positions he has held at the NEC Corporation, including Chairman, Mr. Sasaki has made seminal contributions to the field of integrated circuits. From helping to develop early bipolar circuits, to, more recently, leading the development of System-on-a-Chip technology, he has consistently demonstrated remarkable skill and vision. Mr. Sasaki and his teams at NEC are also credited with revolutionizing certain CAD technologies.

Hajime Sasaki was born on 6 April 1936, in Nagoya, Japan. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from University of Tokyo, in 1959 and 1961, respectively.

Mr. Sasaki joined NEC Corporation in 1961. His many achievements there include leading the establishment of 28 design centers, expanding manufacturing plants, and playing a significant role in introducing the SoC(system on a chip) into computer and communications systems.

As Chairman of the Steering Committee of Electron Devices of EIAJ in the early 1990s, Mr. Sasaki inspired collaboration and harmonization in the semiconductor industry. In addition, he spearheaded the development of the Semiconductor Industry Research Institute Japan, and has given key talks at conferences such as the ISSCC, IEDM, VLSI Symposium, and ISSM. Currently, he is working for KEIDANREN as Executive Director, and for the Japan Association of Corporate Executives as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Environment, Resources, and Energy.

Mr. Sasaki is a Fellow of the IEEE and IEICE Japan, as well as a Foreign Associate of the NAE. His many awards include the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the IEEE Fellow Award, and the Award of Persons of Scientific and Technological Merits from the Japanese government’s Science and Technology Agency.