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John M. Cioffi

John M. Cioffi

Engineers: Ignore Critics, Follow Your Dreams, Change The World Engineers: Ignore Critics, Follow Your Dreams, Change The World

My advice: don"t give up on your dream unless you"re convinced that you"re wrong - that is that your dream doesn"t make sense either technically or economically. Others surely felt that DSL and its technology were a waste, but I never did, nor have I ever heard a cogent argument that suggests this area will not remain a dominant form of broadband for decades to come.

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Copper at the Speed of Fiber? John Cioffi shares his thoughts.

Dr. John Cioffi is an IEEE fellow and currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at ASSIA, Inc. Dr. Cioffi was a founder, board member, Chief Technical Officer, and Vice President of engineering at Amati Communications Corporation, a company based on his invention of the discrete multi-tone modulation (DMT) industry standard technology for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) data communications systems, before going public and then being acquired by Texas Instruments in 1997. Early in his career, Cioffi served as an electrical engineer at both Bell Telephone Laboratories and IBM’s Almaden Research Laboratory.

Dr. Cioffi was a board member of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. from 1999-2006 and chaired its Compensation Committee, helping guide it to a successful IPO in 2000. He has also served on the boards of Integrated Telecom Express, Coppercom, Teknovus, and Teranetics, all of which were public or acquired by public companies. He serves or has served on the technical advisory Boards of C-Cube Microsystems Inc., Ionospan Wireless, Kestrel Solutions, Wavion, Ikanos, Quantenna, Focus Ventures and Portview Ventures over the past two decades.

Dr. Cioffi is a Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he taught for 25 years eventually reaching the title of Hitachi Endowed Chair, and has authored over 400 papers (with 7 best paper awards) and 100 patents, many of which are heavily licensed. He is an IEEE fellow and winner of the 2010 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, Millenium Medal, and 2001 Kobayashi Awards, as well as the 2006 Marconi Society Fellow, and member of the United States National and UK’s Royal Academies of Engineering. He also received The Economist Magazines’ 2010 Innovation Award.

He received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Illinois University. He also holds an honory doctorate from The University of Edingurgh.