1999 Distinguished Service Award: Michael Splinter

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Michael R. Splinter
General Manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group
Intel Corp.
Granite Bay, California
MSEE ’74, BSEE ’72

As a general manager of Intel Corp.’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, Michael R. Splinter has produced cutting-edge technological products as fast as anyone in the industry. Also a senior vice president of Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of microprocessors for personal computers, servers and related computing devices, Splinter keeps technology development, manufacturing processes and product delivery on-time and on-track.

Splinter began his career at Rockwell International, California, as a development engineer in the firm’s Electronics Research Center. He holds two Rockwell patents, for the quarter-micron transistor process, and for microwave annealing of implanted junctions.

When he joined Intel in 1984, he focused his efforts on leading the company’s component manufacturing operations through the volume-growth of the 1990s. Under Splinter’s leadership, Intel’s technology and manufacturing operations have grown in 15 years from 7,000 people and 10 factories to more than 45,000 people and 28 factories in eight countries–the largest block of employees within the company.

Because Splinter’s team can bring new technologies into high-volume production at one of the fastest rates in the industry, Intel has reduced its capital requirements and increased the volume-ramp of its new products–both financial benefits.

He received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from UW-Madison. At Intel, he’s been able to renew his ties to the university as a senior sponsor, a position through which he visits the campus regularly to interview and recruit students. He also travels as a speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide.

Splinter and his wife, Pat, have four children: Archie, Krista, Amanda and Joshua. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, golfing and stamp collecting–a hobby he’s pursued for 40 years.