Two students show Fuyu Lin, third from right, and Sam Anderson, second from right, an electrical device they’re working on in the lab run by Professor Hugh Barnaby, right
Samuel Anderson, MTech ‘90, and his wife Fuyu Lin started the Lin-Anderson Foundation to help institutions advance technological research. The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, is one such recipient of their generosity.
“I think it’s important to support the university you graduated from and help develop the next generation of scientists and technologists,” Anderson says.
Anderson is the founder and CEO of IceMOS Technology. The company specializes in building a type of transistor known as a super junction MOSFET, technology that combines microscopic mechanical and electronic parts known as microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, solutions and substrate materials for electronics.
Lin also has a doctoral degree in electrical engineering and has worked in the semiconductor industry for years.
Anderson and Lin began supporting the university by partnering with electrical engineering Professor Hugh Barnaby for MOSFET research. In 2020, the partnership was enhanced with the establishment of the IceMOS Professorship in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering. Barnaby is the recipient.
“ASU is No. 1 in innovation, and the university has grown a lot,” Lin says. “Both my kids are ASU graduates. We like to sponsor other students in electrical engineering.”
The foundation also supports ASU electrical engineering through research gifts and financial assistance for students’ projects.
The couple remains heavily involved in supporting the university beyond donations as well. As locals living in the Phoenix area, Anderson and Lin still attend ASU football games, hire ASU graduates at IceMOS and Lin sits on the advisory board for the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.
Anderson has high hopes for the couple’s involvement with ASU.
“I hope that our donations help put the first woman on the moon,” he says.
To find out more about named professorships or support ASU electrical engineering, check out the giving page.