2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards Announces Lifetime Achievement, Innovation & Education and Speaker of the Year Winners

Honorees to be Recognized at Ceremony During Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley

Oct 5, 2017

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards, which showcase the best in today's electronics industry, today announced that tech pioneer Ajay Bhatt, embedded software expert Jacob Beningo and accomplished engineer Daniel Beeker will be honored at this year's awards ceremony, which takes place on Dec. 6, 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center during Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley. ESC Silicon Valley runs from Dec. 5 – 7, 2017. For more information and to register, please visit sanjose.am.ubm.com/Media.

2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards Announces Lifetime Achievement, Innovation & Education and Speaker of the Year Winners

"ESC Silicon Valley supports trailblazers in the embedded systems industry through our conference and expo, but the ACE Awards allow us to honor engineers who have made unparalleled contributions to the field," said Suzanne Deffree, Content Director for ESC. "We're thrilled that Ajay, Jacob, and Daniel will join us at the ACE Awards this year to celebrate their body of work and inspire future generations of engineers to pursue new frontiers." 

The Lifetime Achievement Award, Jim Williams Innovation and Education Award, and Speaker of the Year Award recipients are directly selected by the ACE Awards team for their influence and contributions to the industry. This year's honorees include:

  • Ajay Bhatt, Former Chief Architect at Intel – Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

A computer industry pioneer for more than 36 years, Bhatt is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the advancement of science and technology. He is responsible for several widely adopted technologies including Universal Serial Bus (USB), Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP), PCI Express, Thunderbolt, and USB Type-C.

  • Jacob Beningo, Embedded Software Consultant – Jim Williams* Innovation and Education Award recipient  

Sponsored by Analog Devices, Inc., one of the world's top multinational developers of analog and digital technology, this award recognizes an engineer who has made a substantial contribution to the field, making Beningo a natural fit. Through his work with clients in more than a dozen countries, Beningo has cemented himself as an expert embedded software developer, having authored more than 200 articles and several books on the subject.

*The Innovation and Education Award is named for Jim Williams, a former staff scientist at Linear Technology for nearly 30 years. He was named Innovator of the Year by EDN Magazine in 1992 and elected to the Electronic Design Hall of Fame in 2002. Williams was considered a legendary analog circuit designer, problem solver, writer, and mentor to many engineers until his passing in June 2011.

  • Daniel Beeker, principal engineer, NXP Semiconductor – Speaker of the Year Award recipient

With more than 40 years of experience, Beeker specializes in microprocessor and microcontroller development tools. He is a principal engineer at NXP Semiconductor, one of the world's top chip manufacturers for the automotive industry. NXP recently partnered with a subsidiary of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to develop government policies and practices for the future of intelligent vehicles in China.

ESC Silicon Valley runs alongside BIOMEDevice San Jose, Silicon Valley's premier med tech showcase featuring cutting-edge medical solutions. The expo features over 300 leading suppliers and more than 2,000 engineers on the show floor.

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