Distinguished Lecture

Out of Control

Rick Wallace

CEO and President
KLA-Tencor, Corp.
Friday, October 09, 2015
2:30pm - 3:30pm
1200 EECS

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About the Event

Rick Wallace describes his journey as a control engineer. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan, he began his career as a controls engineer at Procter & Gamble’s Paper plant in Cheboygan, Michigan. Today, he is CEO of KLA-Tencor, the $3B Silicon Valley market leader in process control in the semiconductor industry.


Rick Wallace serves as the chief executive officer and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation, as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 27-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.

Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization focused on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in the Silicon Valley.

Wallace earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his master’s degreein engineering management from Santa Clara University.

Additional Information

Sponsor(s): ECE

Open to: Public