Viterbi Keynote Speaker
We are excited to announce that Mike Markkula Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the Viterbi Undergraduate Ceremony!
Mr. Markkula, born in 1942, is the founder of Echelon Corporation and has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Director since 1988. Echelon designs and markets distributed intelligence control systems, and is a leader in products enabling smart power grids. Mr. Markkula is a co-founder of Apple, and served as a director of the company from its incorporation in 1977 to 1996. During his tenure at Apple, he also served as Vice President of Marketing, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman of the Board, Director, and Director of Claris Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple.
Mr. Markkula is also the founder of ACM Aviation, Inc, and a co-founder of the San Jose Jet Center. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors of ACM Aviation, and was the first Chair of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Jet Center. These companies were combined in 2004 and subsequently purchased by a third party. In 1982, along with Henry and Brian Kashiwa, Arthur Rock, and Robert Noyce, Mr. Markkula founded the Volant Ski Company in Boulder Colorado and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until it was sold to a Canadian company in the early ‘90’s. Prior to co-founding Apple, Mr. Markkula held positions as Marketing Manager at Intel Corporation, Marketing Director for Integrated Circuits at Fairchild Semiconductor, and Member of the Technical Staff in the Research and Development Laboratory at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Mr. Markkula’s contributions have been recognized as follows: University of Southern California School of Engineering – Outstanding Alumnus; Harvard School of Business – Entrepreneur of the Year; Santa Clara University – Honorary Doctor of Public Service; University of Southern California – Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Mr. Markkula earned both BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Southern California, and is credited on five patents in the area of distributed intelligence control networks.
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