Chinese American Heroes: David Sen Lin Lee

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Today’s Chinese American Hero: David Sen Lin Lee


David Sen Lin Lee
Name in Chinese: 李信麟
Name in Pinyin: Lǐ  Xìn Lín
Gender: Male
Birth Date: June 23, 1937
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Profession (s): Mechanical Engineer, Entrepreneur

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University; MS in Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University; Ph.D, Ohio State University .

Awards: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Award from President Bush in May, 1992;  Excellence 2000 Award; Mid-America Chinese Science & Technology Association Outstanding Achievement Award; Asian American High Technology Convention Award; the Chinese Institute of Engineers – U.S.A. Achievement Award;  Harvard Business School Association of Northern California’s Business Entrepreneur Award; Albert Einstein Technology Medal for Entrepreneurship 1999; Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate 2000; the AAMA 2006 Leadership Award; Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 by the Commonwealth Club of California; Regent Emeritus, University of California 2006; Honorary Ph.D. in Engineering from Montana State University, Bozeman 1993

Contribution (s):
In 1969 David S. Lee and his small engineering team at Diablo Systems developed the first commercially successful daisywheel printer that gave a quantum leap in speed over existing printers still using traditional typewriter mechanisms.  In 1973, after being passed over for a management position at Xerox, he founded and became President of Qume Corporation, which dominated the world printer market until the advent of cheaper and faster laser and dot matrix technology in the 1980s.  From 1983 to 1985 he was Group Executive and Chairman of the Business Information Systems Group of ITT, which bought Qume in 1978.  In 2003 he became President and CEO of eOn Communications, a communication and product services company for which he has been the Chairman of the Board since 1991.

Lee was appointed to the board of the Regents of the University of California in 1994 and served in that capacity until 2006. He has also been a member of the Board of Governors for California Community Colleges. He was an advisor to Presidents Bush and Clinton on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative/Executive Office of the President) and to former California Governor Wilson through the California Economic Development Corporation and the Council on California Competitiveness. He is a member of the President’s Council on the 21st Century Workforce, appointed by President George W. Bush.  Lee is also the past Chairman of Asia America MultiTechnology Association and a member of Committee 100.

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