Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018

Shunpei Yamazaki

President

Company
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.

Bio

Background:

I completed the Master's Degree Program at Doshisha University Graduate School of Engineering in 1967. In 1970, while being a Ph.D. student at Doshisha University, I invented a basic device of a non-volatile memory known as "flash memory." Since then, I have devoted myself to R&D of silicon-related technologies. In 1971, I received my Ph.D. in Engineering and joined the TDK Corporation (formerly known as Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K). In 1980, I established Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. (SEL) and have been President ever since. I am a Life Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), and I received an Honorary Doctor Degree of Culture from Doshisha University. I am also a member of Doshisha Shayu, the distinguished contributors to the Doshisha.


Education

1967   Completed the Master's Degree Program at Doshisha University  Graduate School of Engineering

1970   Invented a basic device of flash memory device

1971   Received Ph.D. in Engineering from Doshisha University Graduate School Doctoral Program

            Joined TDK Corporation (formerly Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K.)

1980   Established Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. and took up the position of President

1984   Received the Richard M. Fulrath Award from the American Ceramic Society (Research of MIS structure)

1995   Received the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon from the Japanese government (Proceeds given to Japanese Red Cross Society) (Awarded 6 times as of 2015)

1997   Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government (Development of MOS LSI element technology)

2007   Became the president of Kato & Yamazaki Educational Foundation (KYEF)

2009   Became an IVA Foreign Member

2010   Became an IEEE Fellow

            Received the Okochi Memorial Technology Award from the Okochi Memorial Foundation

2011   Became an IEEE Life Fellow

            Received an Honorary Doctor Degree of Culture from Doshisha University

2015   Became a member of Doshisha Shayu

            Received SID Special Recognition Award for discovery of CAAC-IGZO   and its practical application

2016   Received ACerS Medal for Leadership in the Advancement of Ceramic Technology for contribution to oxide semiconductor technology and energy-saving display devices

 

Experience

  • 1971   Joined TDK Corporation (formerly Tokyo Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K.)
  • 1980   Established Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. and took up the position of President

General Managing Director, Foundation for Promotion of Material Science and Technology of Japan (MST)

President of KYEF

IEEE Fellow

IEEE Life Fellow

IVA Foreign Member

Honorary Doctor Degree of Culture of Doshisha University

Member of Doshisha Shayu

 

Areas of Expertise

1. Semiconductor process technology (in particular, non-volatile memory element that is a basic device of flash memory and display backplane technology)

2. Fundamental properties of semiconductor (in particular, a crystalline structure of oxide semiconductor exemplified by CAAC-IGZO)

3. Device technology of semiconductor (in particular, a transistor with extremely low off-state current and technology of improving reliability of transistors through reduction of impurities)

 

What have been the main lessons you have learned in your career and how do you implement them in your management?

SEL implements an “IP Creation cycle” based on Dr. Yogoro Kato’s philosophy. I always tell my employees to develop technologies that will ensure durability and reliability, which are necessary for Monozukuri. I also encourage them to continuously create new technologies.

 

Mentors

My mentor is Dr. Yogoro Kato, who supervised me when I was a second-year university student. Japan is a country with very little natural resources, and he therefore taught me the importance of facing problems with a pure heart (integrity) and a clear conscience. This is essential to create technologies that are beneficial to society. In 1970, when I was a Ph.D. student at Doshisha University, I invented a basic device of a non-volatile memory known as “flash memory” on the basis of his philosophy of creation (inventions) and acquisition of patents - not imitations.

SEL was established in 1980 in the strong spirit of practicing the teachings of Dr. Yogoro Kato. His teachings are the foundations of SEL’s IP creation cycle.

 

Quotes

In 1971, I joined TDK Corporation. The former president of the TDK Corporation insisted on “Shuhari”, which is a saying made from three Chinese characters, Shu, Ha, and Ri.

Shu (cultivate) - look at things with an open mind, with a broad perspective.

Ha (detach) - solve multipronged issues with focus.

Ri (leave) - attract serendipity, or good fortunes, by reading the trends.

Dr. Yogoro Kato’s philosophy is the essence of my management style: face the problems with a pure heart (integrity) and create inventions to acquire patents, never imitate.

 

* CAAC-IGZO is a registered trademark of Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. in Japan (Japanese trademark registration No. 5494218).


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