Dr.Stefano Zanella

Head of the Automotive, Industrial, and Location Businesses
TDK InvenSense


Education :

  • PhD in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Experience :

  • 2016 to Present: Head of the Automotive, Industrial, and Location Businesses, TDK InvenSense, San Jose, CA

  • 2008 – 2016: Director of Marketing, Automotive Battery Management Systems, Texas Instruments, Santa Clara, CA

  • 2007: Business Development Manager, PDF Solutions, Inc., San Jose, CA

  • 2000 – 2006: Software Development, Quality Assurance, and Release Engineering Manager, PDF Solutions, Inc., San Jose, CA

  • 2000: Teaching Assistant, Quantum Electronics, EECS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


Biography :

Stefano Zanella is the Head of Automotive, Industrial, and Location Businesses at TDK InvenSense where he brings MEMS sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, microphones, etc.) and location solutions to the automotive and industrial markets. Stefano holds an MS and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Padova, Italy and MBAs from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and from Columbia University. Prior to his present position, Stefano was the Director of Automotive Marketing and Business Development in Texas Instruments' Battery Management Solutions. Between 2008 and 2016 Stefano also held several positions at Texas Instruments where he managed marketing, applications, and system engineering and defined several integrated circuits, including the bq76PL455A-Q1. Between 2000 and 2007 he was at PDF Solutions Inc. where, before moving to business development, he managed several software projects and was in charge of the Quality and Release Engineering Department. In 1999-2000 he was a visiting scientist at the UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Stefano started his career at ST Microelectronics where he worked on the statistical characterization of the performance of integrated circuits. Stefano has published in IEEE journals, conference proceedings, contributed articles to automotive magazines, and has spoken at several semiconductor, automotive, and MEMS conferences, panels, and workshops. Stefano is also active in the not-for profit world where he most recently served on the board of Urban Services YMCA, the social services branch of the YMCA of San Francisco.

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