Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world, and is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. In 2009, he stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009.
Craig Barrett was born in San Francisco, CA. He attended Stanford University, receiving BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow. He authored over 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials.
Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974. He was elected to Intel’s Board of Directors in 1992 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 1993. Dr. Barrett became Intel's fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman in 2005.
Dr. Barrett is chairman of BASIS Schools, Change The Equation, STAND for Children Arizona, Dossia Service Corporation, National Forest Foundation, Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collectors and the Irish Technology Leadership Group. He co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board and vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona. Dr. Barrett is a member of the Board of Directors of Achieve, K12, Society for Science and the Public, and the Arizona Commerce Authority. He is International co-chair of the Skolkovo Foundation Council, and serves on the advisory boards of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Carnegie Institution for Science, Impele, Tallwave and Geothermic Solution. Dr. Barrett has been an appointee to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and the American Health Information Community. He has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and served on the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. Dr. Barrett has been a member of the National Governors' Association Task Force on Innovation America, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, past chair of the National Academy of Engineering, and served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and TechNet.