Versatility is Key for Next Generation of Tech Innovators, Says Microprocessor Co-Inventor

My new Intel pal Beth Butrymowicz just sat down with one of my favorite Intel legends, Dr. Marcian “Ted” Hoff. Here the microprocessor co-inventor talks about his high school science project that made him a finalist for the 1954 Science Talent Search. Then he goes on to offer advice for ambitious, high-school-aged scientists putting their engineering smarts to good use.

Over the past 66 years, the Science Talent Search has seen six finalists go on to win Nobel Prizes, whiles others have gone on to win the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships. So who will be the next Ted Hoff?

On Jan. 30, 40 of the 300 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists will move on to the final and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a week-long event in March. A total of $530,000 in scholarships will be provided by the Intel Foundation with each finalist receiving at least $5,000 and a new laptop run with the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor. On March 11, 10 students will be chosen for top honors with the grand prize winner receiving a $100,000 scholarship. This is always fun and inspiring to watch!

People keep telling me that 2008 will be a year of great creativity and progress. That’s because we’re learning new ways for using technology to share with one another near or far, for work, family and fun.

This year Intel is turning 40, and it continues pushing the pace of innovation set by Moore’s Law. To imagine what 2008 will bring, I like looking back at milestones…like seeing how life was in 2001 when the PC Turned 20, or in 2002 when the first billionth PC was shipped or just last December when the transistor turned 60.

Wonder what Ted thought after he took a job at a Silicon Valley start up company called Intel, a name that came from fusing “Integrated” with “Electronics.” I bet he felt a drum beat inside convincing him that great things were going to happen.

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