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Sutardja, Sehat

Published onOct 15, 2021
Sutardja, Sehat

(b. 1961 - )

Quick Facts

Electrical engineering alumnus Sehat Sutardja is the inventor and co-inventor of over 440 patents, and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group.


Sehat Sutardja was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia but knew from a young age he wanted to study engineering in the United States. At 12 years old, Sutardja was studying electronics and circuit boards. At 13 years old, he became a certified radio repair technician.

Sutardja came to the United States in 1980 to study electrical engineering at Iowa State University (BS ‘83). He later received his MS degree and PhD from the University of California Berkeley.

In 1995, Sutardja co-founded Marvell Technology Group with his wife, Weili Dai, and his brother, Pantas Sutardja. Their first product was a specialized read channel for computer disk drives that was faster and less power-consuming than drives on the market. Sutardja has served as president, CEO, and chairman of Marvell’s board of directors. In addition, he serves as the president, chief executive officer, and as a director of Marvell’s U.S. operating subsidiary, Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. While involved in the daily challenges of running a global growth company, Sutardja participates heavily in Marvell's engineering and marketing efforts across analog, video processor, and microprocessor design while offering input across all of the company's other product lines.

Marvell Technology Group brings in over $3 billion in revenue each year with offices in over 15 countries. Marvell technologies can be found in computers, televisions, smart phones, WiFi systems and more.

Sutardja has always been passionate to make technology accessible and affordable to those less fortunate. The One Laptop Per Child charity used technology developed by Marvell, making their computers the first to cost below $100. Marvell has also developed a vast amount of high-performance, low-power computer chips that have greatly reduced the energy consumption from everyday electronic devices like cell phones, televisions and computers.

Sutardja is the inventor and co-inventor of over 440 patents and an IEEE Fellow. In 2006, he was named Inventor of the Year by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2010, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Iowa State University Alumni Association. The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) recognized Sutardja and his wife with the prestigious Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award in 2013.

In March 2009, a building at UC Berkeley was named Sutardja Dai Hall after the Marvell founders, who donated more than 20 million U.S. dollars to the university's nano-fabrication laboratory; the building houses the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Sehat Sutardja is married to Weili Dai and they have two children.

Selected Sources

ISU ECE Departmental profile.

Grazella, Mariel (June 16, 2011). "Sehat Sutardja: From radio boy to CEO". The Jakarta Post.

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