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. IBM



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Claudine Simson

Claudine Simson

Vice President, CTO, MOTOROLA, INC.

Inducted in: 1999

Dr. Claudine Simson was a leading force in software networking. She leads strategic technology collaborations with key customers, business partners, and leading universities.

Claudine held several senior executive positions at Nortel Networks over her 23 years with the company. Her most notable positions include general manager of Nortel’s semiconductor business and vice president of all technology research, spanning a $25 billion product portfolio.

Following her time with Nortel Networks, Claudine was chief technology officer at Motorola, Inc.’s semiconductor products and Freescale Semiconductor sectors. She was responsible for leading worldwide research in and the development of semiconductor technologies. This technology enabled product differentiation in networking, communications, automotive, and wireless applications.

She served on the board of directors of ATIS, a United States-based body that is committed to developing and promoting technical and operations standards for communications and related information technology industries worldwide.

Claudine has three honorary doctorates. Additionally, Claudine 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 who honored her contributions to the worldwide advancement of science and technology.

Claudine earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Toulouse, France, and received her doctorate in semiconductor physics from the same institution. Claudine has served on the board of directors, the audit committee, and compensation committee of Verigy, Inc., a branch of Agilent Technologies, since November 2006.

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