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FTF Americas 2012 Keynote Presentations

Opening General Session - Watch Video

Gregg Lowe

Gregg Lowe
President and CEO, Freescale Semiconductor

Gregg Lowe was appointed President and CEO of Freescale Semiconductor, effective June 2012. He joined Freescale from Texas Instruments, where he was Senior Vice President, Analog. In his most recent role at TI, Gregg led the High Performance Analog, High Volume Analog and Logic, Power Management, and Silicon Valley Analog businesses.

Gregg joined Texas Instruments in 1984 and served in a variety of leadership positions during his tenure with the company.

Since April 2006, he has led global strategy and operations for TI's standard and application-specific analog chips portfolio. These products provide the connection between digital and real-world signals, such as voice, sound, pressure, temperature and electricity.

Gregg joined TI's field sales organization in 1984, with responsibility for growing the company's business with automobile manufacturers. In 1990, he led TI's European automotive sales force, managing teams and customer relationships in France, Germany, Italy, England and Spain.

In 1994, Gregg managed TI's Microcontroller organization. Later, he led the Application Specific Integrated Circuit organization for TI, overseeing a worldwide team with design centers and customers on each continent. In 2001, he moved to the Analog business to manage High Speed Communications and Controls. Later that year, Gregg became manager of the High Performance Analog business unit with responsibility for TI's high-performance data converter, amplifier, power management and interface integrated circuits.

Gregg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He later received the university's Career Achievement Award to recognize his accomplishments in the community and within the semiconductor industry. He graduated from the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University. He is also fluent in German.

Gregg serves as a member of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees.

In 2010, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. in Cleveland, OH, appointed Gregg to its Board of Trustees.

Wednesday General Session - Watch Video

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.
Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation

Dr. Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, is an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector. Dr. Diamandis also serves as CEO of Zero Gravity Corporation, a commercial space company developing private, FAA-certified parabolic flight utilizing Boeing 727-200 aircraft. He is Chairman & Co-Founder of the Rocket Racing League as well as the Co-Founder and Director of Space Adventures, the company that brokered the launches of seven private citizens to the International Space Station.

In 1987, Dr. Diamandis co-founded the International Space University as its first managing director and now serves as Trustee. Previously he served as Chairman of Students for Exploration and Development of Space, the world's largest student pro-space organization which he founded at MIT in 1980. He is chairman and vice-chancellor of Silicon Valley&s new Singularity University. He received his Bachelor of Science in molecular genetics and Master of Science in aerospace engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.

He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from ISU and has received many honors, including the inaugural Heinlein Award, Lindbergh Award, Wired RAVE Award, Konstantine Tsiolkovsky Award, twice winner of the Aviation & Space Technology Laurel, and World Technology Award for Space. In 8th grade, while living in New York, he won first place in the Estes rocket design contest.

Dr. Diamandis' mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!"

Thursday General Session - Watch Video

Doug Yates

Doug Yates
CEO, Roush Yates Engines

Doug Yates has been around the sound of revving engines for as long as he can remember. As the son of engine builder and team owner Robert Yates, Doug possesses a passion for stock car racing that is unmatched by others. Carrying on racing's deeply rooted father-and-son heritage, Doug Yates has built a solid reputation in motorsports by winning on and off the track.

In 2004, legendary engine builders Jack Roush and Robert Yates were the only teams running Ford engines in NASCAR's premiere series. In an effort to combine knowledge and technology, the men formed what is now Roush Yates Engines. Doug took on a new role with this alliance and was named CEO and President of Roush Yates Racing Engines.

In 2007, Robert Yates retired as owner of Robert Yates Racing. Doug took over his father's team, a powerhouse that had won a remarkable 57 races and 1 Winston Cup Championship. The team's name became Yates Racing in 2008 and Doug officially had his own two car team. With Ford power provided by Roush Yates Engines, Yates Racing quickly became a notable contender in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

In 2009 Doug Yates purchased his father's half of Roush Yates Engines to become a co-owner in the company. As CEO, Doug leads a staff of nearly 200 employees located in four state-of-the-art facilities. Doug has grown Roush Yates Engines from a NASCAR Sprint Cup engine shop to a world-class engine building company that builds powerful engines for multiple racing series.

May 2011 marked twenty one years that Doug Yates has worked in the motorsports industry and his fourth season as a NASCAR team owner. Whether he is running a race team or building champion caliber engines, Doug Yates continues to exemplify tradition and success that will follow him well into the future.

Dr. Peter Van Manen

Dr. Peter van Manen
Managing Director, McLaren Electronic Systems

Dr Peter van Manen is Managing Director of McLaren Electronic Systems, the UK based company that provides the control and data systems to all of the competitors in the FIA Formula One World Championship, NASCAR Sprint Cup series and the IZOD IndyCar Series. The company also develops and manufactures systems for the automotive, aerospace, railway and healthcare industries. These systems all have their origins in professional motor racing, a sport and business that is characterized by rapid development underpinned by robust and efficient embedded systems and effective exploitation of simulation and real-time data systems.

Peter is a mechanical engineer by training and has been with McLaren for 20 years. He has been running the company, firstly as Operations and then as the Managing Director since 1997. He is Australian by birth, but has lived in the UK since graduating from university.

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