Ghassan (Gus) Y. Yacoub, PhD


Gus has a passion for improving the education of youth at all levels. He became a member of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association for Children in 1996 taking the Oath in San Diego on August 30th.  He is a Junior Achievement, Inc. Advisory Board Member (Volunteer-Alumnus) for the San Mateo County Board of Directors, a non profit organization, dedicated to the inspiration and preparation of our youth by teaching experiential programs to increase their chances of success in the global economy (2011-Gala) (2012-May-News).

Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students guided by the core values of:

   + Belief in the boundless potential of young people.
   + Commitment to solid principles of market-based economics & entrepreneurship.
   + Passion for what we do and honestly, integrity, and excellence in how we do it.
   + Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, & background of all individuals.
   + Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.
   + Conviction in educational & motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.


Dr. Yacoub has over thirty years experience in the high-tech industry most recently at Intel's Global Supply Management (1997-2016). Previously, he served twelve years (1981-1993) at Hughes Aircraft Company where he was a Hughes Doctoral Fellow responsible for over 25 communication chip tape-outs. While at Hughes, he served as Section Head for VLSI Signal Processing Design (1988-93), Group Head for IC Design (1985-88), and Member of the Technical Staff (1981-85).


In 1993, Ghassan co-founded a Hughes spin-off company, dQdt (specializing in DSP soft/firm cores for IP reuse) on SBIR funding from the United States Wright-Patterson Air Force. He  was the Managing Partner of dQdt from inception through August 1994 when it was restructured to form ASAP Solutions, Inc of which he was founder and CEO. dQdt was acquired by Mentor Graphics (Ticker: MENT) in 1996.   ASAP Solutions' primary technology indiaworld.com was licensed in 1997 to a third party and the Indian operation Indiaworld was acquired in September of 1999 by Satyam Infoway (Ticker: SIFY) for $115 Million. In mid-2016, Ghassan retired from Intel after 19 years and established VG Healthy Vends LLC operating as Silicon Valley Healthy Vending.

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Ghassan held a 5-year (2001-2005) part-time faculty assignment at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) where he taught MBA/MSM classes in the Graduate School of Business and Management Intensive Program.  Since 1987, one of Ghassan's entrepreneurial interests has been focused on the evolving business models of the top ten ranking Global Franchise500 companies.

Ghassan is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education's Managing Teams & Innovation for Success (MTIS2016) program.

Ghassan received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Applied Physics Focus) from UC San Diego where he completed his studies under Professor Walter H. Ku. His dissertation was in Self-Timed Interfaces for IC Systems. He received his M.S. from UC Irvine, and B.S. from UC San Diego both in Electrical Engineering (Electronics Option).

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