Electronic Design

Hornbeck Inducted Into National Academy Of Engineering

Larry Hornbeck, a Texas Instruments Fellow, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for the invention of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD). Hornbeck was among 64 new members and nine foreign associates inducted in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sixteen other TI employees were previously inducted, including Nobel prize winner Jack Kilby who invented the integrated circuit in 1967. "Larry's commitment to research and DMD technology development is an inspiring example of the innovation that continues to move the engineering profession forward," Charles Vest, president of the NAE, said in a statement. The DMD, which has been applied to projection display technology, is an optical semiconductor employed in TI's DLP technology for digital projection systems. Hornbeck invented the device 20 years ago, in 1987. "Throughout his career, Larry's vision and technical contributions have shaped the digital experience in many new and exciting ways," Tom Engibous, chairman of Texas Instruments, said in a statement. "Through his efforts to advance DMD technology, Larry has benefited both TI and the entire electronics industry." Hornbeck's career at TI has spanned 34 years and numerous awards, including an Emmy. He's also an IEEE Fellow and International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) Fellow. His doctorate in solid state physics is from Case Western Reserve University.

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