Former Sematech CEO to head UTD engineering school

Austin Business Journals
March 28, 2003

Bob Helms, former president and CEO of Austin-based International Sematech, has been named dean of the engineering school at the University of Texas at Dallas, UTD announced.

Helms was chosen after a nationwide search that started last May to seek a replacement for William Osborne, according to the UTD release.

"I can think of no better commitment of my time and energy than to pick up the ball and help lead this charge," Helms says.

UTD President Franklyn Jenifer describes Helms as a "a top-notch talent" and a "high-tech, research-oriented guru and leader."

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science is one of the fastest growing engineering and computer science schools in the country. The 3,700 students in the school represent an increase of 70 percent over the past five years, the university says.

Most recently, Helms led Sematech, the Austin-based consortium of semiconductor manufacturers that includes Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. [NYSE: IBM], Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. [NYSE: TXN], Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Advanced Micro Devices Inc. [NYSE: AMD] and Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola Inc. [NYSE: MOT].

Before that, he was a vice president at Dallas-based TI.

Helms served 20 years as a professor at Calfornia's Stanford University, his alma mater, where he led research efforts in semiconductor processing and new materials.

Mark Yudof, chancellor of the University of Texas System, calls Helms "a superb choice for this important appointment at UT Dallas."

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