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WITI Hall of Fame

1999 Inductees


Yvonne C. Brill Yvonne C. Brill
Aerospace Consultant,

Sherita T. Ceasar Sherita T. Ceasar
Vice President Product Engineering Planning and Strategy, Comcast Communications

Dr. Thelma Estrin Dr. Thelma Estrin
Professor Emerita, University of California, Los Angeles

Claudine Simson Claudine Simson
Vice President, CTO, MOTOROLA, INC.

Yukako Uchinaga Yukako Uchinaga
Vice Chairman, Benesse Corporation and chairman of the Board, CEO/ VP Berlitz International, Inc.



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Claudine Simson

Claudine Simson

Vice President, CTO, MOTOROLA, INC.

Inducted in: 1999

Dr. Claudine Simson is responsible for charting the future technology and architectural advancements that will enable LSI to enhance its competitive advantage and extend its thought leadership and market position in focused growth areas. She also leads strategic technology collaborations with key customers, business partners and leading universities.

Dr. Simson most recently served as chief technology officer at Motorola, Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector and its spin-off, Freescale Semiconductor. She was responsible for leading worldwide research and development of semiconductor technologies that enabled product differentiation in networking, communications, automotive, and wireless applications. Prior to joining Motorola, Dr. Simson held senior executive positions at Nortel Networks over a 23-year career, including general manager of Nortel's semiconductor business and vice president in charge of all technology research, spanning a $25B product portfolio.

Dr. Simson earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from INSA, Toulouse, France, and received her doctorate in semiconductor physics from the same institution. She has been awarded three honorary doctorates and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Women in Technology International in 1999. Additionally, Dr. Simson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Science) and a Distinguished Fellow of the Fields Institute. She was named Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the President of France in 1998, honoring her contributions to the worldwide advancement of science and technology. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Verigy, Inc, a spin-off of Agilent Technologies, since November 2006, serving as well on their Audit and Compensation Committees. Most recently, she serves on the Board of Directors of ATIS, a United States based body that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and related information technologies industry worldwide.

• Profile at the time of induction in 1999