dr. hector de j. ruiz 

Dr. Hector de Jesus Ruiz is a founder of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS) and serves as the company’s Chairman.

Dr. Ruiz is an advisor of individuals, corporations and governments on breakthrough technology initiatives. An accomplished chief executive and luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades, Dr. Ruiz has helped build and guide top-tier global technology companies, including Texas Instruments, Motorola and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). At Motorola, he served as President of the company’s Semiconductor Products Sector. As CEO of AMD, Dr. Ruiz set the strategic direction of the company, helping guide its growth from a small, broad supplier of components to an innovative technology solutions leader in the processor space. In 2009, he led an industry transformation by spinning out AMD’s manufacturing assets to form GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the first truly global cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing company.

While at AMD, Hector spearheaded the 50x15 initiative, setting an aggressive goal to have half the world connected to the Internet by 2015. He also received numerous accolades, including the Semico Bellwether Award (2009), EE Times Executive of the Year (2005), Electronic Business CEO of the Year (2005), and Fortune Top 25 Business Leader (2006). During this time, Hector successfully published Slingshot: AMD’s Fight to Free an Industry from the Ruthless Grip of Intel, a book that vividly recounts his bet-the-company decision in 2005 to file an antitrust case against its much larger rival.

Hector currently serves on UT’s College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin and later as Distinguished Alumni of Rice University. In 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes’ highest honor. Hector currently serves as a Trustee Emeriti of Rice University and is on the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College and the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Austin.

Prior to these appointments, Hector served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. He also served on Boards for the RAND Corporation, Spansion Inc., Darden Restaurants, the Eastman Kodak Co. and the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Hector’s evolving portfolio of organizations and investments represent his passion to explore new frontiers for creating positive impact.

In addition to his work at ANS, Hector invests his time and resources in a wide portfolio of technology companies, including Polymagnet Correlated Magnets (small magnets that fuel innovation), Lucid (Artificial Intelligence), Motivo (innovation in engineering process), Ineda (smart sensing, Trusted Security, enabling IoT), Vidatronic (revolutionary power management solutions) and Ares Materials (flexible electronics).

Dr. Ruiz attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering. He completed his doctoral degree at Rice University.

Read more about Dr. Ruiz and his focus on technology, education and informed citizens at www.hectorruiz.com.


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dr. robert a. young

Robert A. Young is President and CEO of Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions, Inc. (ANS).

Previously, Dr. Young was President and CEO of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSRA), a public company which is the world’s leading semiconductor interconnect technology company and the producer of high-performance miniature optical systems. He was the founding investor in Tessera and served on the Board of Directors for 20 years, including four years as Chairman and 17 years as Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Before Tessera, Bob was a senior partner at Dillon Read, an investment bank. He was the Managing General Partner of Dillon Read’s venture capital funds from 1987–1994, investing in early-stage companies in information technology, biotechnology, energy and financial services. Bob’s personally directed investments have included initial seed investments in SanDisk, Tessera, Virtual Machine Works and Team Bank. From 1991–1995, he also served on the advisory board of Barings Private Equity Partners, a global private equity group headquartered in London and he was an advisor to PolyTechnos, a European venture capital firm headquartered in Munich. Bob started his career with IBM where, over an 18-year period, he held a number of management and executive positions across engineering, sales, marketing and general management. His last position at IBM was as President, IBM Instruments, a fully integrated global company with operations in the US and several European countries. IBM Instruments’ products consisted of a broad range of leading-edge scientific instrumentation and real-time scientific computers.

Bob was a Director of ATI Technologies (NASDAQ: ATYT), a leading producer of 3D graphics and multimedia products until its merger with AMD in 2006, in which he played an instrumental role. Dr. Young is also an investor and Director of several private technology companies: DigiLens, which has holographic optical waveguide technology for Augmented Reality and Heads Up Displays; Open-Xchange, which offers open source software services and cloud computing; Cryptowerk, which produces enterprise software utilizing ultra-high performance blockchain technology; Unify Square, which offers enterprise software and services for unified communications — specifically, analytics and management tools for Microsoft’s Skype for Business; Shocase, a social network exclusively for marketing professionals; Jatheon Technologies, which produces unstructured digital communication archiving systems; and Motivo, a company involved with extreme combinatorics, tera-scale analytics and machine learning initially being applied to dramatically increase early semiconductor manufacturing yields.

Currently, Bob makes personal private equity/venture capital investments through IRT, Inc. His primary areas of his interest are in information technology: semiconductors, software, computational systems and imaging.

Dr. Young has served several terms on the visiting committees at MIT of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and also the Department of Chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.