NVIDIA Co-Founder Named Entrepreneur Of The Year
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SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2000 — NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) the world's leading supplier of performance 3D graphics processors, reported today that Curtis R. Priem, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, has been named the recipient of the 2000 William F. Glaser '53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Priem has been NVIDIA's chief technical officer since the company's inception in April 1993. "NVIDIA has established itself as a technology leader, and is a reflection of the caliber of people that work here," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. "This is a tremendous honor for Curtis and NVIDIA, and are very proud of this achievement."
This award follows up on a series of outstanding achievements for NVIDIA, including receiving the highest ranking for semiconductor companies in Business Week's "Information Technology Annual Report-the Info Tech 100" cover story dated June 19, 2000.
Prior to NVIDIA, Mr. Priem worked at Sun Microsystems where he architected the GX graphics products, including the world's first single chip GUI accelerator. He also worked at Vermont Microsystems, Inc. where he architected the industry's first graphics processor, IBM'S Professional Graphics Adapter. Mr. Priem has authored 88 patents, all of which relate to graphics and I/O.
This Rensselaer Entrepreneur award honors Rensselaer alumni and others who are successful entrepreneurs and role models for Rensselaer students. Past winners have included William Mow, founder of Bugle Boy Industries, and Warren Bruggeman , former vice president and general manager of GE's Nuclear Business Operations.
About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's first technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of research centers that are characterized by strong industry partnerships. The Institute is especially well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.
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