was generally regarded as one of the brightest stars in the company.
Joining the company in 1979 after graduating high school, he put
himself through night-school in order to earn the degrees he needed
to succeed in the company. He received his Associate's degree from
Lincoln Technical Institute in 1979, a Bachelor's degree from Santa
Clara University in 1983, and a Master's degree in electrical
engineering from Stanford University in 1985.
For the last
thirty years, Pat Gelsinger has worked on or led the development of
the company's most important products. He worked on the 286 and
386 design teams, and was Design Manager and Chief Architect of the
enormously successful 486 microprocessor at the age of 25. His string
of successes also included the Pentium Pro and Pentium III CPUs.
promotion in 1996 to Vice President of the Desktop Products Group at
age 32 made him the youngest Vice President in the history of the
company. That also made him some enemies, as some saw the young
upstart as an obstacle to their own efforts to lead Intel.
Meanwhile, Gelsinger created the
concept of the Intel
Developer Forum, where he is often featured as a keynote speaker
Pat Gelsinger became the first Chief Technology
Officer for Intel in 2001, where he led the organization that
researched, developed and designed next-generation hardware and
software technologies for all of the Intel Architecture
Gelsinger was seen as somebody that would
eventually take on the mantle of CEO. However, his role has been
quietly toned down over the last year. His departure leaves a
gaping hole within Intel that will be hard to fill, but a massive
reorganization within the company means opportunities for
Gelsinger is still scheduled to give a keynote speech
at IDF next week. The topic is "Intel architecture Innovates and