Dado Banatao is a successful venture capitalist and Silicon Valley technology visionary who pioneered the personal computer (PC) chip set and graphics acceleration architecture, two foundation technologies that are still found in every PC. Dado currently serves on the CITRIS Advisory Board and the Berkeley Engineering Advisory Board. His wife, Maria, is a UC Berkeley Foundation Trustee, and their three children have all earned UC Berkeley degrees.
In recognition of their early cornerstone commitment to CITRIS and their ongoing leadership, the Berkeley component of the four-campus CITRIS collaboration has been named the Dado & Maria Banatao Institute at CITRIS Berkeley.
In addition to supporting CITRIS, the Banataos have passionately supported education throughout the world. With that in mind, the Dado & Maria Banatao Center for Global Learning and Outreach from Berkeley Engineering (GLOBE) was established to bring “the world’s best to Berkeley Engineering and to bring Berkeley Engineering’s best to the world.” GLOBE fulfills this mission by establishing and supporting extensive educational and research programs with international partner universities.