DADO BANATAO is a Filipino-American entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry, credited with having developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and trans-receiver chip, the first system logic chip set for IBM's PC-XT and the PC-AT, and the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.
"Banatao is known for his rags to riches story. During his childhood, he walked barefoot on a dirt road just to reach Malabbac Elementary School... After high school, he pursued his Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology and graduated cum laude.
He joined Philippine Airlines as a trainee pilot, and was later pirated by Boeing... in the United States. With the opportunity to stay in the United States, he then took his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and finished in 1972. Banatao also joined the Homebrew Computer Club, where he met Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak."
"In honor of Fil-Am History Month this October, I am starting this project to feature Filipinx inventors and innovators throughout the course of history. By recognizing their contributions to the advancements in the different fields of STEM, my goal is to reinforce this idea that people of color have had significant contributions in a field where they are often underrepresented, and will continue to be a driving force of scientific progress. These Filipinx individuals have had done these important contributions in the past, and YOU could also be one of them in the future!" - Wesley Sosa, Corresponding Secretary/STEM Chair