Duy-Loan Le

Duy-Loan Le
Duy-Loan T. Le
Born 1962
Saigon, South Vietnam
Residence Texas
Ethnicity Vietnamese-Muslim [1]
Citizenship USA
Education BSEE, magna cum laude, University of Texas at Austin (1982)
MBA, University of Houston (May 1989)
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Engineer & Engineering Manager
Employer Texas Instruments
Known for Engineering and the being the first woman and Asian to get elected to the rank of Texas Instruments Senior Fellow. Charity work and philanthropy (including the Sunflower Mission and Mona Foundation)
Notable works 24 patents and co-designing the fastest Digital signal processor (DSP) chip (2004 Guinness World Records) [2]
Board member of Mona Foundation; Science National Honor Society; Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF); National Instruments Corporation [3]
Spouse Tuan N. Dao
Children two sons, Dan Dao and Don Dao
Awards Top 20 Houston Women in Technology in 2000; Women in Technology Hall of Fame in 2001; Asian American Engineer of the year; 2007 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Leadership; Congressional Special Recognition for Civil Leadership

Duy-Loan T. Le (born 1962, Vietnam) is an engineer and the first woman and Asian to get elected to the rank of Texas Instruments Senior Fellow.


Early life

Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1962, to a Vietnamese-Muslim family [1], she fled to the U.S. with no father and a family of nine in 1975, eventually settling in Houston.

Although Le knew no English on her arrival, she mastered the language fast enough to graduate from Alief Hastings High School at 16 as Valedictorian of her class of 335 students.

In 1976, she received her first recognition in the US as 'Citizen of the Month' from Kiwanis International Club.

In 1981, The Houston Chronicle featured her as 'Scholastic Wonder', and Duy-Loan also received commendation from The Office of The Ambassador of The Royal Netherlands for her scholastic achievement and her humanitarian effort in fund raising to aid the Vietnamese refugees.

University work and career

In 1982, at the age of 19, Duy-Loan received her undergraduate BSEE degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin [1][4][5] and subsequently obtained her MBA in May 1989 from the University of Houston while working full time. She began her career at Texas Instruments as a memory design engineer.

Duy-Loan's technical contributions at Texas Instruments were recognized with her election as a Member of Technical Staff in 1990, Senior Member of Technical Staff in 1993, the first woman at TI to be elected Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and the first woman elected TI-Fellow in 1999. [1]

Currently, she manages development projects for wireless communications as TI program manager for Laplace, a Digital signal processor (DSP) chip for 3G base stations, and manager of DSP Advanced Ramp. In 2002, Duy-Loan became the first Asian-American and the first woman to be elected TI Senior Fellow in Texas Instruments' 75 years of history, joining 4 other men who hold this title TI world wide, and today she remains the only woman with this title.[1]

Charity work

She participates in numerous charity and fund raising projects for colleges, orphanages, and charity foundations. Duy-Loan serves on the Board of two non-profit organizations which promote education and support social economic development projects in the third world.

Duy-Loan has worked to advance education and learning conditions in Vietnam. She believes that by doing so, the environment for learning will produce more students who will be able to improve the overall state of Vietnam. She recently achieved her longtime dream of bringing soundly-built school facilities to rural Vietnam with the opening of “Thanh Thoi B”—a schoolhouse accommodating 120 elementary-age students—whose construction she played a leadership role in implementing. Her dream is to raise enough money to build 100 schools in five years. This activity complements well her similar effort in 10 other countries.

Ms. Le speaks annually at numerous national events to help create an environment that stimulates and releases leadership potential in women and Asian Americans.

Duy-Loan's service to the community includes:

  • United Way, Vietnamese Culture & Science Association’s sponsored projects, and taught Junior Achievement for many years.
  • Director of Mona Foundation, promoting education and supporting social economic development in 10 countries including Nur University and Barli Vocational Institute for Rural Women in Indore[6][7]
  • Founding member and Advisory Board Director for Sunflower mission bringing educational assistance to Vietnam.
  • Founding member and Honorary Board Director for Science National Honor Society, promoting math and science at high schools.
  • ECE Visiting committee for The University of Texas College of Engineering.
  • Serving on University of Texas (UT) Commission 125, shaping UT’s educational future for the next 25 years.
  • An invited speaker nationwide (including universities, IEEE, and Women in Technology International(WITI))

Personal life

Duy-Loan Le is married to Tuan N. Dao. They have two sons, Dan Dao and Don Dao. Duy-Loan also holds a black belt in Taekwon-Do and has won several medals and trophies in the State of Texas. For fun, Duy-Loan enjoys deep-sea fishing, playing poker, and reading. She listens to classical music and also traditional Vietnamese music.

Achievements and Awards

  • Leader of the development of TI's Digital Signal Process products, including one recognized in the 2004 Guinness World Records as the fastest single-core DSP in the world.[2]
  • Accumulated 24 patents, all earning places in Texas Instruments' Hall of Fame.
  • Top 20 Houston Women in Technology in 2000
  • Women in Technology Hall of Fame in 2001
  • National Technologist of the Year at the Women of Color Conference held in Atlanta in September, 2002.
  • Director of Board of National Instruments
  • Outstanding Young Graduate Award from University of Texas-College of Engineering
  • Outstanding Young Texas Exe Award from The University of Texas-Texas Exes
  • Asian American Engineer of the year
  • 2007 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Leadership[8]
  • Congressional Special Recognition
  • In 2007, she made an appearance and was interviewed for her outstanding achievements on Paris By Night DVD 90 - "Chan Dung Nguoi Phu Nu Viet Nam," a musical show celebrating Vietnamese women around the world.


  1. ^ a b c d e Nguyen, Cuong Quoc, "Vietnamese Defies Odds to Become A Top Woman in Technology", NHA Magazine, Aug 10, 2005 (Pacific News Article on Duy-Loan's Achievements) (archived 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Duy-Loan Le", Keynote speakers, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and the Association for Computing Machinery, 2010
  3. ^ "Profile: Duy-Loan Le : Independent Director, National Instruments Corporation", Forbes
  4. ^ "Duy-Loan T. Le", Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame, biography 2001 (first inducted)
  5. ^ "Duy-Loan T. Le", WITI Hall of Fame, profile updated in 2009
  6. ^ "Our Projects" - Mona Foundation
  7. ^ "Director Biography: Duy-Loan Le", Mona Foundation
  8. ^ "IEEE Annual Report". IEEE Computer Society. 2007. p. 21. http://www.ieee.org/documents/IEEE_annual_report_07_03.pdf. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 

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