Outstanding Young Engineering Graduates

Andrew John Tang

Andrew Tang

B.S. EE 1992
Partner, Draper DragonFund & Draper Associates
CEO, Draper University

Andrew Tang is a partner at Draper DragonFund and Draper Associates, investing in early-stage technology companies and assisting with their business development, particularly international market entry strategy and partnerships. He also serves as CEO of Draper University, which is an incubator and entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, he teaches finance and fundraising classes to student entrepreneurs.

Tang has over 15 years of operating, research and development, investment banking and investing experience in the high-tech space. He cofounded Draper DragonFund in 2006 to focus on cross-border investing. He has led and managed investments in companies such as Verse Payment, Yeepay, Jin Jing Electric Motors, Alto Beam, Vicarious Artificial Intelligence, Broadbus (MOT), to name a few. Prior to starting his fund, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at ABB Technologies Ventures and Infineon Ventures. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology group in Palo Alto, where he worked on the Magma IPO (SNPS), Cyras (CIEN) acquisition. Before joining Credit Suisse, Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel and was responsible for chip design and market enabling for Pentium and Itanium processors.

Tang grew up in Taiwan and moved to Arlington, Texas, at age 13. A few of his teachers in high school encouraged him to study engineering, and, with the support of his parents, he came to The University of Texas at Austin to study electrical and computer engineering. After graduation, he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a U.S. patent in silicon germanium thin film materials.

Tang currently resides in Menlo Park, California, with his wife Emily and their two sons Maxwell and Thatcher.

DEG Honorees

A "Distinguished Engineering Graduate" (DEG) is a graduate who has presented him or herself to the world as a consummate professional and dedicated engineer. Learn more about past DEG honorees.