Mr Liam Madden, Corporate Vice President of engineering at Xilinx, an American technology company, has been appointed to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Mr Madden has spent more than 30 years in the US semiconductor industry where he has contributed to a range of new and novel products and technologies. Based in Silicon Valley, he has worked with established companies and start-ups, including a leadership role in a successful initial public offering (IPO). He has extensive experience incubating novel technologies, most recently commercialising the industry’s first 3-D stacked computer chip which was based on seven years of Xilinx engineering research. He holds five patents in semiconductor technology and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences. He graduated with a BE from UCD, an M.Eng. from Cornell University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (FIEI).
Mr Madden said he is “honoured to join the Board of SFI to help deliver on its commitment to excellence and impact in engineering and scientific research. Ireland’s pre-eminent position in such research is critical to its future competitiveness in the global economy.”
Professor Patrick Fottrell, Chairperson of SFI stated that “SFI aims to build and strengthen scientific and engineering research in the areas of greatest strategic value to Ireland’s long-term competitiveness and development. His experience across both engineering and technology will bring invaluable experience to the Board of SFI in their goal to ensure that a world class research system is developed and sustained in Ireland.”