The Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series invites international engineering and technology leaders to share their experiences with UCLA Engineering students, faculty and staff. These events – held exclusively for the UCLA Engineering community – include a moderated discussion with the guest, audience Q&A and a post-event reception for further idea sharing and networking.
President, CEO, and Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
About Our Next Speaker
As president, CEO, and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Mike Morhaime is dedicated to maintaining the high standard of quality that has propelled Blizzard Entertainment to the pinnacle of the gaming industry and positioned the company as an internationally recognized leader in interactive entertainment.
In February 1991, Morhaime cofounded Blizzard Entertainment with Allen Adham and Frank Pearce. Under Morhaime’s direction—first as a company vice president and then as president since spring 1998—Blizzard has grown from a third-party development studio into a premier publisher of entertainment software, with a track record that includes nineteen #1 games and numerous Game of the Year awards. Over the past decade, Morhaime has also overseen Blizzard’s transformation into a global enterprise. The company now has multiple offices in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and thousands of employees worldwide.
Beyond his leadership responsibilities, Morhaime has had a direct hand in the development of each of Blizzard’s blockbuster franchises. He worked as a programmer and/or producer on games in the critically acclaimed Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® series, as well as on the company’s online gaming service, Battle.net®, and served as executive producer on the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online game, World of Warcraft®. Most recently, he has guided Blizzard’s expansion into new genres and franchises with Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™, Heroes of the Storm™, and Overwatch™.
Morhaime earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990. In his free time, he plays bass for Blizzard’s in-house and in-game band, Elite Tauren Chieftain.
DATE: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: CNSI, UCLA campus
Dr. Henry Samueli
Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991 and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Limited (Broadcom Corporation was acquired by Avago Technologies Limited in 2016 and renamed Broadcom Limited). Broadcom Ltd. is a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Dr. Samueli helps drive the vision of Broadcom’s research and development activities and long-term technology strategy.
Since 1985 Dr. Samueli has also been a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has supervised research programs in broadband communications circuits and digital signal processing. He has been on a leave of absence from UCLA since 1995 in order to be at Broadcom full time. Since 2003 Dr. Samueli has also been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Irvine. He was the Chief Scientist and one of the founders of PairGain Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the digital subscriber line (DSL) industry, and he consulted for PairGain from 1988 to 1994. From 1980 until 1985 he was employed in various engineering and management positions in the Electronics and Technology Division of TRW, Inc., where he worked on the hardware development of military broadband communications systems.
Dr. Samueli received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively. He has published over 100 technical papers and is a named inventor in 75 U.S. patents. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
In 2000 Dr. Samueli was awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC Irvine Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumnus of the Year. In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year from UCLA. In 2006 he received the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leaders Award. In 2010 he received the UCLA Medal. In 2011 he received the Global Semiconductor Alliance Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and in 2012 he was awarded the Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship.
DATE: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: EVI, UCLA campus