The Chinese Institute of Engineers honored TIers Jinrong Qian, Ph.D., and Gaurang Shah for their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and the semiconductor industry at the 2011 Asian American Engineer of the Year awards luncheon on Feb. 25 in Seattle.
Jinrong was named the 2011 Asian American Engineer of the Year for his exemplary contributions in science and engineering and in recognition of the positive impact he has made on the Asian-American community.
As sector manager for TI’s Battery Charge Management and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS), Jinrong is a pioneer in several power-management technologies. He has developed state-of-the-art battery management technologies that significantly improve battery charging efficiency and safety, and extend battery run time.
Jinrong holds 24 U.S. patents in power management and has published more than 60 professional technical articles. In addition to serving as associate editor of IEEE Trans on Power Electronics, he is often invited to give professional tutorials and seminars on power management at IEEE-sponsored conferences.
He is also a community advocate who devotes a great deal of his free time to ensuring Asian-Americans and others have the knowledge and resources they need to perform at their highest level.
Jinrong earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering focused on power electronics from Zhejiang University, China.
Providing outstanding leadership
Gaurang Shah, vice president of TI’s Audio and Imaging business unit, received the 2011 Asian American Engineering Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership in developing engineering, technology products or services.
Gaurang has overall responsibility for the business unit’s growth, financial matrix, strategy and operational efficiency. Before assuming his current role, he spent five years leading TI’s Battery Management Systems business unit. Under his leadership, the business grew multiple fold to more than $400 million in 2010.
Before joining TI, Gaurang served as segment manager at Maxim Integrated Products where he drove business plans and strategy for cable infrastructure, cellular base station and optical end equipments. He also worked as an IC design consultant at numerous Silicon Valley startup companies and began his career as an analog designer specializing in data converters.
Gaurang earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.