Steve Jobs once said, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." Understanding that innovative minds can push technology and improve customer experiences, Synopsys encourages its employees to accelerate innovation in order to drive the cutting edge of technology and continue to lead in EDA.
Ben U Seng Pan, Ph.D., is one of Synopsys’ innovative leaders. He is a senior manager of Analog Design and the site manager for Synopsys Macau. Recognizing his outstanding research and contributions to microelectronics, the Chinese government recently awarded Dr. U with the prestigious title of "Scientific Chinese of the Year 2012" in the Information Technology and Electronics category. Since 2002, the China Association for Science and Technology has conferred this prestigious title on scientists who are dedicated to scientific research, who dare to innovate, who have achieved major breakthroughs in their research, and who have significant impact on the advancement of science and technology while making outstanding contributions to technology transfer in China. The selection criteria include influence, creativity, potential for technology transfer, and sense of responsibility.
At a ceremony in Beijing on June 22, 2013, 136 of the 400 nominees were awarded the title "Scientific Chinese of the Year 2012" across 16 categories. Dr. U spoke on behalf of the 10 winners in the Information Technology and Electronics category. In receiving this honor, Dr. U joins many other well-known academicians and leading technologists, including Liu Yunjie, member of the Academy of Engineering, considered the "father of the Internet" in China and named one of Time magazine’s top 50 most influential people in IT.