Engineering dean Goldsmith elected to Intel board of directors

Friday, Aug 6, 2021
by Jonathan Garaffa

Andrea Goldsmith, dean of engineering and applied science and the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Princeton, was elected to Intel’s board of directors, effective Sept. 1. She will serve as an independent director.

“We are excited to welcome Andrea to Intel’s board of directors,” said Omar Ishrak, chairman of the Intel board, in the announcement. “Andrea is an accomplished academic, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur who is highly acclaimed for her foundational work in wireless communications. Coupled with her advocacy for increased diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Andrea will further strengthen the board.”

In 2020, Goldsmith became the first woman to win the Marconi Prize, the top prize for achievement in the field of communications technology. She is also the recipient of the Women in Communications Engineering (WICE) Mentorship Award from the IEEE Communications Society and the Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence Award. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, two of the most prestigious societies in U.S. academia. With Goldsmith’s addition, Intel’s Board will be comprised of 40% women and 30% of directors who are either racially or ethnically diverse.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Intel’s board of directors at such an exciting time for the company. The bold strategy that Pat Gelsinger has laid out opens up the door to seemingly limitless possibilities for Intel,” said Goldsmith in the announcement. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge of wireless networking technology to help shape the company’s future.”

Goldsmith joined Princeton as dean of engineering and applied science last year, after over two decades at Stanford. She served as the Stephen Harris Professor of Engineering from 2012 to 2020 at Stanford, where she is now Harris Professor Emerita. She earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley. Her research interests are in information theory, communication theory, and signal processing, and their application to wireless communications, interconnected systems, and neuroscience.

Goldsmith founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of Plume WiFi, which develops software-defined wireless networking technology. She also co-founded Quantenna Communications, which produces silicon chipsets designed for high-speed wireless networking. She already has significant public company board experience, currently serving on the boards of Medtronic and Crown Castle International. Furthermore, Goldsmith has secured 29 patents as an inventor and consultant and authored or co-authored several books. She is known for launching and leading several multi-university research projects, including DARPA’s ITMANET.

Read about Goldsmith’s election on Business Wire.