|Lisa Su Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||November 7, 1969|
Lisa Su is an American business executive who is best known for turning around the fortunes of AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.), an American multinational semiconductor company that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. She joined the company in 2012 and was appointed its president and CEO 2 years later. Since she became AMD‘s CEO in October 2014, the company’s stock soared more than 25-fold, propelling it to a USD 110 billion market capitalization by early July 2021. She was appointed the company’s chairperson in 2022. Before joining AMD in 2012, she had held engineering and management positions in Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (1994-1995), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) (1995-2007), and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (2007-2011). She is well recognized for her work in the development of silicon-on-insulator semiconductor manufacturing technologies and more efficient semiconductor chips during her stint as the vice-president of IBM‘s semiconductor R&D center. She has served as a member on the boards of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), Cisco Systems, Inc., the Global Semiconductor Alliance, and the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association. She is also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and in 2021, became the first woman to receive the ‘IEEE Robert Noyce Medal’, a science award presented by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to the microelectronics industry.
Lisa Tzwu-Fang Su
Tainan City, Taiwan
Austin, Texas, United States
Lisa had graduated in 1986, from the Bronx High School of Science, a magnet school (American public school with specialized courses) in New York City. She joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the fall of 1986. By 1991, she had earned a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
From 1990 to 1994, she studied for her Ph.D. degree at the same institution. She was one of the first researchers to look into silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, a then unproven technique for increasing transistors’ efficiency by building them atop layers of insulating material. She graduated in 1994 and her thesis was titled ‘Extreme-submicrometer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) MOSFETs’.
- Father – Su Chun-hwai aka Tom Su (Former Statistician)
- Mother – Sandy Su (née Lo) (Accountant, Entrepreneur)
- Siblings – She has a brother.
On June 14, 2022, Lisa Su’s net worth was $665 million according to Forbes.
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Lisa has dated –
- Daniel Lin
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Taiwanese descent.
- Stocky frame
- Side-parted, neck-length hair
- Affable smile
- Puffy face
Lisa Su Facts
- Born in Tainan City, Taiwan, Lisa, and her family immigrated to the United States when she was about 3 years old.
- During her freshman year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she worked as a research assistant on ‘manufacturing test silicon wafers for graduate students’ through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), a scheme that provides funding and/or credit to undergraduate students who volunteer for faculty-mentored research projects about all academic disciplines.
- This project, in addition to her summer jobs at Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), was instrumental in fueling her interest in semiconductors. She remained focused on this field for the remainder of her education.
- In 2014, she was named the ‘Executive of the Year’ by EE Times, an electronics industry magazine published in the United States since 1972.
- In 2017, she was named the ‘Top Ranked Semiconductor CEO’ by Institutional Investor magazine and included in the list of the ‘World’s Greatest Leaders’ by Fortune magazine.
- Lisa was the highest-paid CEO in 2019 of any company on the S&P 500 index, a stock market index tracking the performance of 500 large companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States.
- In 2020, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the United States. The same year, she was also ranked number 2 on Fortune magazine’s list of the ‘Business Persons of The Year’.
- In 2021 she was included as a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The same year, she was also inducted into the ‘Women in Technology Hall of Fame’.
- In 2022, she was an International Peace Honors awardee for her achievement in revolutionizing high-performance computing, donating supercomputing power for infectious disease research, and inspiring people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs.
- In 2022, her alma mater, MIT, named its new building 12, dedicated to nanotechnology research, under her name.
Featured Image by Lisa Su / Instagram