Mike F. Chang, Ph.D., is the founder of our company and has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since the incorporation of our company. Dr. Chang has extensive experience in both technology development and business operations in the power semiconductor industry. Prior to establishing our company, Dr. Chang served as the Executive Vice President at Siliconix incorporated, a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., a semiconductor company, or Siliconix, from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Chang also held various other positions at Siliconix from December 1987 to 1998. Earlier in his career, Dr. Chang held various positions at General Electric Company from 1974 to 1987. Dr. Chang received his B.S. in electrical engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Chung Te Chang has been a director of our company since March 2006. Mr. Chang also has recently served as a director of TECO Electric and Machinery Co. Ltd., a company listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange, from June 2009 to May 2012. Before his retirement, Mr. Chang served as the President, the Chief Executive Officer and the Vice Chairman of United Microelectronics Corporation, or UMC, a semiconductor foundry, from 1999 to 2007. He also served as the President of United Semiconductor Corporation, one of UMC's joint venture companies, from 1996 to 1999. Prior to joining UMC, Mr. Chang worked for several technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard Company, Zilog, Inc., SeeQ Technology, Inc. and Paradigm Technologies, Inc. Mr. Chang received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Howard M. Bailey has been a director of our company since March 2006. Mr. Bailey was Chief Financial Officer at Lunera Lighting, Inc., an electrical equipment company from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Bailey served as the Chief Financial Officer of Qpixel, Inc., a semiconductor company from 2007 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Bailey was the Chief Financial Officer of Occam Networks, Inc., a provider of networking equipment, after it merged with Accelerated Networks, Inc., from June 2002 to 2005.Prior to that, Mr. Bailey was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at C-Cube Microsystems, Inc., or C-Cube, a developer of digital video compression technology, from May 2000 to May 2001, where he participated in selling C-Cube to LSI Corporation. Mr. Bailey was also the Chief Financial Officer of Quantum Effect Devices, Inc., a microprocessor design company, from May 1998 to May 2000. Mr. Bailey was also the Chief Financial Officer of Photon Dynamics, a provider of test solutions for the flat panel display market, from 1994 to 1998. Currently, he serves as a director of Sococo Corporation, a social communication services company and a director of Corsair Components Inc., a company that provides components for high performance computer systems. Mr. Bailey received his B.S. in economics from the University of Maryland and M.B.A. in finance from the University of Utah.
Thomas W. Steipp has been a director of our company since November 2006. In August, 2010, he assumed the role as President and CEO of Liquid Metal Technologies. Prior to that, Mr. Steipp served in various roles at Symmetricom, Inc., a provider of telecommunication products, including as Chief Executive Officer, from December 1998 to June 2009, Chief Financial Officer from December 1998 to October 1999 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Solutions, a division of Symmetricom, from March 1998 to December 1998. Prior to joining Symmetricom, Mr. Steipp served as the Vice President and General Manager of Broadband Data Networks, a division of Scientific Atlanta, Inc., a transmission network supplier, from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Steipp received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Academy and M.S. in industrial administration from Purdue University.
Richard W. Sevcik has been a director of our company since February 2010. Currently Mr. Sevcik is the President of Sevcik Consulting, which he founded in 2006. Prior to founding Sevcik Consulting, Mr. Sevcik held various positions at Xilinx, Inc., a provider of programmable logic devices, including Executive Vice President and General Manager from January 2004 to May 2006, Senior Vice President and General Manager from April 1997 to January 2004 and a member of the board of directors from 2000 to 2006. Prior to joining Xilinx, Mr. Sevcik held various positions at Hewlett-Packard Company, including Vice President from 1995 to 1997 and Group General Manager of its System Technology Group from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Sevcik received his B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Illinois and M.S. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Dr. King Owyang has been a director of our company since April 2013. Since April 2010, Dr. Owyang has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Computime Group Limited, a Hong Kong listed company engaging in the design, development and manufacturing of electronic control products. From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Owyang served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Siliconix Inc., a US power semiconductor company (Now known as Vishay Siliconix Inc., a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc.). From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Owyang held various senior management positions at Siliconix Inc., including Executive Vice President of Technology and Silicon Operation, and Vice President of Engineering. Prior to joining Siliconix Inc., Dr. Owyang held various managerial and technical positions at General Electric Company where he was responsible for developing many enabling semiconductor technologies. Dr. Owyang holds a B.S. in Physics and a Ph.D in Material Science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published over 20 technical papers and has been awarded more than 25 patterns.
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