San Josť State University's Department of Electrical Engineering has received a $500,000 gift from Silicon Valley entrepreneur Wu-Fu Chen. The gift is designated to provide support for recruiting and retaining junior faculty, and to assist them in developing their laboratory and course materials and research projects. This is the largest individual gift ever received by the College of Engineering.
Chen, age 49, has helped launch 11 computer-networking companies in the last 15 years. Currently, he is chairman for two start-up companies: Cinta Inc., and Anda Networks. He also serves as acting CEO for another three startups: Santera Systems, Optimight Communications and Geyser Networks.
Best-known for founding and serving as vice president of engineering for Cascade Communications, Inc., Chen guided the company through its IPO in 1994 and its peak of nearly $10 billion in capitalization. He was also vice president of technologies at Cisco Systems, where he led Cisco's MC3810 Integrated Voice, Data & Video Access Concentrator product development team to completion. Chen also participated in Cisco's service provider's Voice Strategy and Technologies panel.
"Having come from a farming family in Taiwan, I value the educational opportunities provided by San Josť State University," said Chen. "And having started several companies in Silicon Valley, I appreciate the quality of engineers in my companies. Therefore, I want to help support the faculty who play such a critical role in educating next-generation engineers."
SJSU's Electrical Engineering Department is the largest in the College of Engineering. The department serves 1,170 students, 90 percent of whom are from Northern California. Ninety-eight percent of graduates remain in the area and work in the Silicon Valley.
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