Jul 7, 2004 — Henry Kressel, a managing director of the venture capital management firm Warburg Pincus LLC, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Sy Syms School of Business. He joins a prestigious group of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders on the board of the undergraduate college of business of Yeshiva University in New York City.
Dr. Kressel, a magna cum laude graduate of Yeshiva College (BA, 1955), earned his MA degree from Harvard University, his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and his PhD in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, he was vice president at RCA Corporation, responsible for research and development of electronic and optical devices. His accomplishments include pioneering semiconductor lasers, the key devices enabling optical communications and many consumer products, such as DVD players. Dr. Kressel’s numerous honors and awards include RCA’s Outstanding Technical
Achievement Award “for outstanding technical research and leadership in the advancement and development of semiconductor devices” and the David Sarnoff Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) “for pioneering research in optoelectronic semiconductor devices.”
Dr. Kressel is chairman of the board of directors of Sarnoff Corporation and a member of the board of directors of SRI (Stanford Research Institute). He has received 31 US patents and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering; a fellow of the IEEE and American Physical Society; co-author of “Heterojunction Lasers and Semiconductor LEDs,” published in 1977; editor of “Semiconductor Devices for Optical Communications,” published in 1980; and author of 130 scientific and technical publications.
Dr Kressel is married to the former Bertha Horowitz, an alumna of Yeshiva University’s former Brooklyn Girls High School and Teachers Institute for Women. The Kressels have two children, Dr. Aron Kressel of New York City, and Kim Ephrat of Israel, and seven grandchildren.