Wolfgang Fichtner received the Dipl. Ing. degree in physics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, in 1974 and 1978, respectively
From 1979 through 1985, he worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ. From 1985 to 2011 he was Professor at the Integrated Systems Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. From October 1999 to October 2004, he acted as Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at ETH.
In 1993, he founded ISE Integrated Systems Engineering AG, a company in the field of Technology CAD. In November 2005, he joined Synopsys Inc, Mountain View, CA, initially as Vice President and General Manager of the TCAD Business Unit and later as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Silicon Engineering Group.
Wolfgang Fichtner is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Swiss National Academy of Engineering. In 2000, he received the IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award for his contributions to Technology CAD. In 2001, Wolfgang Fichtner was elected as corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.