Rebecca Taylor is 2011 IEEE Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow, serving as Senior Advisor, Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Office of the Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary, U.S. Department of State. She is a 27 year veteran of the software and semiconductor industries and comes to her public service role following the successful sale of her firm Taylor-Deininger Partners, Inc. in June 2010. At TDP, Ms. Taylor advised executives in the semiconductor, software and venture capital industries on new market strategies and efficiency improvements to manufacturing. Prior to forming TD Partners in 2005, Ms Taylor was Director of Software Platforms at Advanced Micro Devices’ Personal Connectivity Solutions division, where she lead its software organization creating products for wireless networks, PDA, and digital TV. Prior to joining AMD, Becky was President/CEO of multiple startups and consultancies, notably Terrace Mountain Systems, where she provided software strategy and design services to the Global 2000, on four continents. Ms. Taylor is a Senior Member of the IEEE, holds multiple patents, has a BS in Computer Science, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Policy. Her board service has included board and advisory roles with multiple startups, election as a director of TruWest Credit Union ($750 MM assets), and Austin Community College’s Foundation Board. She has one son, Daniel, a college senior studying mechanical engineering.