D. Mark Durcan, trained as a chemical engineer at Rice University and long a leader in advancing semiconductor technology, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Semiconductor Industry Association’s (SIA) highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award.
Durcan earned a B.A. and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice in 1983 and 1984, respectively. In May he retired as CEO of Micron Technology, Inc., a company he joined in 1984.
SIA presents the Noyce Award each year in recognition of “a leader who has made outstanding contributions to the semiconductor industry in technology or public policy.”
“Throughout his impressive career, Mark Durcan has demonstrated the best the semiconductor industry has to offer: hard work, ingenuity, and a relentless focus on promoting innovation,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO of SIA. “From his engineering roots to his recent work leading one of the world’s top manufacturers of memory products, Mark has strengthened our industry and advanced semiconductor technology.”
Durcan joined Micron Technology as a process integration engineer and went on to become chief technical officer, president and, ultimately, CEO in 2012. He is credited with expanding Micron’s global presence and enhancing its capabilities with strategic acquisitions, including Elpida and Rexchip in 2012 and Inotera Memories, Inc. in 2016.
Durcan, who lives in Idaho, served as chair of Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., formed to advance STEM education and support civic and charitable institutions in the communities where Micron has facilities. He serves on the board of directors for AmerisourceBergen Corp. and St. Luke’s Health System, a non-profit hospital system in Idaho.
Durcan will accept the award at the SIA Annual Award Dinner on Nov. 14 in San Jose, Calif. The Robert N. Noyce Award is named in honor of semiconductor industry pioneer Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.