Tsu-Jae King Liu was born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford University in 1984, 1986, and 1994, respectively. She was a scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) before joining the UC Berkeley faculty in 1996 in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS).
Liu is internationally known in academia and industry for her innovations in semiconductor devices and technology and is highly regarded for her achievements as an instructor, mentor, and administrator. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a board member for Intel Corp. Among her awards is the Ross M. Tucker AIME Electronics Materials Award for seminal work in polycrystalline silicon-germanium thin films, an NSF CAREER Award for research in thin-film transistor technology, the Intel Outstanding Researcher in Nanotechnology Award, the IEEE Aldert van der Ziel Award for distinguished educational and research contributions to the field of electronic devices and materials, and the DARPA Significant Technical Achievement Award for her role in the development of the FinFET, an advanced transistor design used in high-end computer chips.
In addition to excelling in research, Liu has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the educational experience of students. Her dedication earned Liu the EE Division Outstanding Teaching Award, UC Berkeley Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award and the Semiconductor Research Corporation Aristotle Award.