Duy-Loan T. Le came to America in 1975 with no father and a family of 9, mostly women and children. In 1976, she received her first recognition in the US as 'Citizen of the Month' from Kiwanis International Club. She graduated from Alief Hastings High School at 16 as Valedictorian of her class of 335 students in 1979. In 1982, Duy-Loan received her BSEE from University of Texas with High Honor and subsequently obtained her MBA from University of Houston while working full time. In 1981, Houston Chronicle featured her as 'Scholastic Wonder', the University of Texas named her 'Scholarship Winner Out Of The Ordinary', and Duy-Loan received commendation from The Office of The Abassador of The Royal Netherlands for her scholastic achievement and her humanitarian effort in fund raising to aid the Vietnamese refugees.
She started as a memory design engineer in 1982 at the age of 19 with Texas Instruments (TI), a world wide company on the list of Fortune 100 and a leader in Digital Signal Processor and Analog. She was promoted to design manager in 1989 and program manager in 1994. As a program manger in TI's Memory organizaiton, Duy-Loan managed world wide project teams and was responsible for bringing up TI memory devices, a multi-billion-product line, with joint venture partners on 3 continents for the 'first' time in TI's history. She is currently managing development projects for wireless communication (WBCDMA for 3G Base Station) using leading edge technology.
Duy-Loan's technical contributions at Texas Instruments were recognized with her election as a Member of Technical Staff in 1990, Senior Member of Techncal Staff in 1993, the first woman at TI to be elected Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and the first woman elected TI-Fellow in 1999 (equivalent to a VP level on the business side). Duy-Loan holds 18 patents and 10 pending applications. In addition, she developed a 6 month technical training program which was fanned out to 7 plant sites in 5 different countries and has published 3 papers. She has been featured in IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SPECTRUM, Asian Enterprise trade journals and numerous local and international newspapers. Duy-Loan received Top 20 Houston Women in Technology Award for Year 2000 from the Association of Women in Computing. She is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).
Duy-Loan's contributions to TI on the people front is no less impressive. She chaired TI Houston Women Initiative and helped initiate several programs supporting career advancement for minorities such as 'Nurturing Minority To The Technical Ladder', 'Succession Planning for Female Fellows', Professional Lecture Series, DSP Bootcamp for Managers/Supervisors and TI Houston Vietnamese Initiative. She serves as a key member to TI Houston Diversity Leadership Team and is a mentor for many TIers and well as non-TIers. TI honored her contributions at the annual Diversity Forum 'Fast Forward: Taking Diversity To The Next Level', profiling her for technical as well as people leadership.
Duy-Loan's service to the community includes participation in various projects sponsored by United Way. She was recognized for her involvement for many years in Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. She participates in numerous fund raising projects for colleges, orphanages, and foundations that support education for children, especially the third world. Duy-Loan serves on The Board of two non-profit organizations. She is an invited speaker nationwide.
Duy-Loan Le is married to her husband Tuan N. Dao for 17+ years. She has two boys, Quy-Dan 6 and Quy-Don 3. She travels quite a bit in her business and has lived extended periods of time overseas. She enjoys deap sea fishing, reading, movie, classical music, painting, and playing poker.