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Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series

2019 Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture

Peter Bannon ’84 (ECE)

VP, Low Voltage and Silicon Engineering
Tesla Motors, Inc.

“UMass to Tesla: 35 Years of Computer Design”

Twentieth lecture of the Shirley & Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Old Chapel, 4PM

Free and open to the public


This lecture will focus on 35 years of computer design touching on highlights of designing VAX, Alpha, Itanium, PowerPC, and ARM processors.  Some details of the Tesla Full Self Driving computer will also be covered.


Speaker Bio

Pete Bannon is vice president of Low Voltage and Silicon Engineering at Tesla. He leads the team that created the Full Self Driving computer that is currently shipping in Tesla vehicles.

Prior to Tesla, he was the lead architect on the first 32b ARM CPU used in the iPhone 5 and built the team that created the first 64b ARM processor in the iPhone 5s. Pete has been designing computing systems for over 35 years at Apple, Intel, PA Semi, and Digital Equipment Corp.

Pete is a 1984 graduate of UMass Amherst where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

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The Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series, founded in 1999, brings leaders of both engineering education and engineering-based companies to campus to present a major talk to the University. Lectures cover subjects such as engineering education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.

Lecturers are invited to interact with students and faculty before and after the lecture. “This is a chance for students to develop a relationship on a human level with an accomplished business leader or educator,” said Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of engineering in 1999. “I see the field of business having more to say to engineering, and our students need to be aware of what’s going on beyond their field. Many of our students will eventually be leaders in these technology-based businesses.”

Shirley Tang was an academic adviser for the United Asia Learning Resource Center before retiring from UMass Amherst in 1998.  Ting-wei Tang taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more than 30 years and is a professor emeritus. “We decided to establish an endowment in the College of Engineering because we want to make UMass better,” the Tangs said.