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TI CEO tells UTD engineering students: “Your skills are desperately needed”

Rich Templeton says electronics innovation will solve the world’s most critical problems

Feb 1, 2008

DALLAS (February 1, 2008) – Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) CEO and president, Rich Templeton, challenged engineering students to take on “the problems that matter.” Speaking Thursday evening to a group of students and faculty at the TI Foundation Auditorium at the University of Texas – Dallas School of Engineering, Templeton laid out some of the key problems facing the world today. “Think about health care, power efficiency, public safety and the need for infrastructure in developing regions,” he said. “These issues touch billions of people and they impact every corner of the world.”

Templeton described the potential impact technology could have on making health care more accessible, lowering power needs, improving automotive safety, and bringing cellular phones to rural India and China. “These are all real and immediate challenges,” he said, “and the solutions aren’t going to come out of boardrooms or summit meetings. They’re going to come from people like you, creative engineers who want to make a difference. You and your skills are desperately needed in the world.”

Templeton’s remarks capped a day-long visit at the school, where he met with UTD engineering students and faculty to talk about their studies, their research programs, and opportunities for TI and UTD to work more closely together. A vocal champion of engineering as a foundation for solving problems, Templeton has visited six universities around the world over the past 18 months, encouraging young innovators to use technology to make a difference. His visit to UTD follows similar trips to the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Especially in the U.S., where studies have reported that only half of engineering students complete their engineering degrees, Templeton’s goal is get students excited about the impact they can make on the world and encourage them to pursue engineering as a profession.

TI and UTD have enjoyed a long relationship, as TI founders Eugene McDermott, Cecil Green and Erik Jonsson helped establish UTD in 1969 with the goal of building a vibrant intellectual and creative community in Dallas. Since its founding, UTD has graduated over 45,000 students, and about 350 UTD engineering graduates currently are employed with TI.

Templeton concluded his remarks at UTD by urging the students to stick with their education and get the training they need to create positive change. “We depend on you to help us build a better world,” he told them. “We hope that you will become great engineers. But we expect all of you to be great problem-solvers who make a difference.”

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