Aart de Geus (electrical engineer)

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Aart de Geus (* 1954 in Vlaardingen ) is a Dutch electrical engineer and manager.

At the age of four, Geus and his family moved from the Netherlands to French-speaking Switzerland on Lake Geneva. He went to school there and in German-speaking Switzerland. In 1978 he received his diploma in electrical engineering from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , went to the USA in 1979 and received his doctorate in 1985 from the Southern Methodist University under Ronald A. Rohrer . While still a student at General Electric (GE) in North Carolina , he was developing logic synthesis tools. When the company left the semiconductor business in 1985, he and his team at General Electric founded their own company, Synopsys Inc. in Mountain View, California, which produces tools for logic synthesis, circuit simulators and hardware description languages ​​(such as the design compiler ). She has received seed capital from GE and Harris Semiconductor. He is their CEO .

He received the Robert N. Noyce Medal in 2007, the Phil Kaufman Award in 2008 and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award. In 2004 he was named Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. In 2011 he received the Packard Award for Civic Entrepreneurship. In 2019 de Geus was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering .

He is also behind Synopsys' extensive commitment to promoting learning projects and science fairs in schools in the natural sciences.

He is not to be confused with Aart Jan de Geus from Bertelsmann.

Geus plays blues guitar as a hobby. In 1985 he married the Swiss physician Esther John.

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