Past Hall of Fame Inductees


U.S. Sen. Orrin G. Hatch - "Proven, Productive Leadership that Puts Utah on the Map"
Now in his seventh term as United States Senator for Utah, Orrin G. Hatch has spent nearly four decades fighting to bring Utah commonsense to Washington. The most senior Republican in the Senate and an official member of the Senate leadership team, Senator Hatch serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes, healthcare, international trade, and entitlements. He is a senior member and former Chairman of both the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation. He also has the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Senator Hatch also serves as Chairman of the Republican High Tech Task Force, leading a group of Republican senators in developing policies that will help the technology industry in Utah and the United States continue to grow, create jobs, and lead the world in innovation. The solutions championed by Senator Hatch include fixing our high-skilled immigration system, combatting patent trolls, safeguarding data stored abroad, and protecting trade secrets.
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Gretchen W. McClain - "Chief Energizer & Business Builder"

Gretchen W. McClain is an accomplished business leader who thrives on energizing organizations and building businesses by enhancing innovation and developing exceptional leadership talent. With more than 25 years of global experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and government service, including serving as founding CEO of an S&P 500 global water technology company, Xylem Inc., and NASA’s Chief Director of the International Space Station, McClain brings extensive business, developmental, strategic and technical expertise. Her distinctive leadership approach – focused on helping companies break down internal barriers to identify new ways to create value and integrate technologies – enables organizations to unlock growth and gain critical competitive advantage.

McClain serves as a Board of Director for three publicly traded companies: AMETEK, Inc., a $3.6B leading global engineering and manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices; Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, a leading provider of management consulting, technology and engineering services to the U.S. government and the commercial market; and Con-way Inc., a $5.5 billion freight transportation and logistics services company. Collectively, she serves as member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee in her current Board seats.
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Will West - "Business and Community Leader"
Will West is the CEO of SilverVue, a remote care platform that facilitates the transition from traditional fee-for-service healthcare to accountable care. Prior to founding SilverVue, he was the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL). After co-founding Control4 in March of 2003 with his longtime partner Eric Smith, he led the company's efforts in creating a revolutionary new line of affordable home automation solutions.  He took the company public after surpassing $100 million in annual revenue.  Will retired from Control4 in early 2014 to devote his entire focus to SilverVue.

In addition to taking Control4 public and raising public capital, Will has raised more than $400 million in private capital. In 1998, he co-founded iBAHN (then called STSN). Under his leadership as the CEO, the company became the worldwide leader in broadband services for business travelers serving millions of customers in thousands of hotels. Prior to founding iBAHN, Will was CEO and co-founder of PHAST Corporation, a manufacturer of high-end home automation equipment. Like his subsequent companies, PHAST became the leader in its field under his direction. Will's other professional experience includes Proctor and Gamble, the FSLIC, and Wasatch Advisors. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the CFA designation.
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A. Scott Anderson - "Community Builder"
A. Scott Anderson
A. Scott Anderson is president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank.  Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches. 

A native of Salt Lake City, Scott joined Zions Bank in December of 1991 as executive vice president of Retail Banking.  In this position, he was responsible for the growth and operation of the bank’s branch network throughout Utah and Idaho, as well as overseeing other consumer and small business banking activities.  He assumed his current responsibilities as president and CEO of Zions Bank on January 20, 1998.
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Alan Hall Alan Hall - "Building Businesses, Supporting Communities, and Blessing Lives"
Alan Hall is an experienced entrepreneur and investor, and has created thousands of jobs worldwide over the past three decades.  Most recently, Alan founded and became CEO of Tempus Global Data, an innovative satellite company that manufactures and operates highly-sophisticated weather instruments. 

Alan also currently serves as co-founder and managing director of Mercato Partners where he is involved on the boards of Central Logic, Control4, CradlePoint and Goal Zero.  He is a proven operator and investor with deep expertise in channel sales, marketing strategy and sales execution.
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Kirk M. Ririe - "Chief Nerd"
Kirk M. Ririe founded Idaho Technology, Inc. (ITI) in 1990, to develop products with a firm commitment to eliminate disease through smart thinking and product innovation. Working with Dr. Carl Wittwer and the University of Utah, ITI received NIH funding to add real-time fluorescent monitoring of the PCR reaction, to their cutting-edge DNA analysis thus creating the LightCycler®. Then in 1997, Mr. Ririe, Dr. Wittwer and colleague Dr. Randy Rasmussen brokered a multi-year, multimillion-dollar licensing and collaborative research agreement with Roche Molecular Biochemicals. 
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David R. Bradford - "Software Industry Leader, Connector, Advisor and Entrepreneur"
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Carl R. Kjeldsberg - "Scientist, Teacher, Entrepreneur"kjeldsberg_116x161(bw)
Born in Trondheim, Norway, Carl R. Kjeldsberg attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where he received his medical degree in 1966. He completed a rotating internship and a pathology residency at General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado before transferring to the University of Utah School of Medicine where he directed the Department of Pathology hematology section from 1971 to 1974.
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John M. Matsen - "Clinician, Laboratorian and Administrator"
matsen116x161(bw)Born in Salt Lake City, John M. Matsen attended Brigham Young University and UCLA Medical School. Following his internship and residency at UCLA and Harbor General Hospital, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
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 Josh James - "Entrepreneur's Entrepreneur"
joshjamescroppedbwJosh James founded Domo in 2010 to disrupt the $14 billion business intelligence market and change the face of enterprise software. Before Domo, he was the longtime CEO of Omniture, which he co-founded in 1996 and took public in 2006; and from 2006-2009, he was the world’s youngest CEO of a publicly-traded company.

Omniture, the first enterprise SaaS/cloud company, was the number one returning venture investment out of 1,008 venture capital investments in 2004, as well as the number two performing technology IPO of 2006. Omniture was also the fastest or second fastest-growing public company globally for three consecutive years. In 2009, Josh facilitated Omniture's $1.8 billion sale to Adobe, which was the biggest M&A transaction in Utah at the time.

Josh serves on the boards of Demand Media, a NYSE-traded company; Rakuten, a publicly-traded, five billion dollar revenue company that is the leading
e-commerce company in Japan; and Save The Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Josh also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a worldwide community of individuals committed to, and recognized for, their proven leadership and potential in shaping the future. In addition, he has served on the board of the Utah Technology Council for more than a decade.
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Fred Lampropoulos - "Innovator, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist"fredlampropouloscroppedbw
Fred Lampropoulos
 has been a recognized leader in the medical device industry for more than 30 years. After serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Utah Medical, Fred founded Merit Medical Systems, Inc. in 1987, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. He has invented and holds almost 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Since 1987, Merit Medical has grown from a start-up company to a publicly-traded company forecasting revenues of approximately $400 million in 2012. The company started in a small manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City and now has manufacturing and distribution capabilities in Salt Lake City and 10 other locations around the world. With approximately 2,700 employees, Merit Medical has achieved a world leadership position in many areas. He is committed to building a company of lasting value that will provide employment for thousands of families for years to come.

Fred is extremely involved in his community and serves on many boards, including the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). He is committed to building our community by supporting organizations such as the Jr. Jazz, Junior Achievement, KUED and the Boy Scouts of America; supporting the arts, including The Leonardo, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Hale Centre Theatre and Utah Symphony and Opera; and providing benefits and services to the homeless and disadvantaged. 
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 Mark Fuller - "Water Wizard"
To Mark Fuller, water is liquid gold. At the University of Utah, he married his passion for design with his fascination for engineering and physics. At the undergraduate level, he co-wrote a thesis on the “turbulence free” behavior of a liquid that results in rapidly-flowing molecules moving so precisely they seem motionless and won an award from the American Institute of Architects for the resultant project.

After earning a master’s degree in engineering and product design from Stanford University, Fuller worked for Disney, supervising the creation of over 300 special effects and water projects. In 1983 he co-launched WET, a firm dedicated to innovating new types of water features. Under his leadership, the company has grown to over 200 employees and has created landmark fountains worldwide. Notable projects include Revson Fountain at New York’s Lincoln Center, The Dubai Fountain, The Fountains of Bellagio and, in Salt Lake City, the Gateway fountain and the 2002 Olympic Games Cauldron—soon to be followed there by the fountains at City Creek.

Fuller received the Themed Entertainment Association’s Thea Lifetime Achievement Award and the University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award. He was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2010. In its 2010 feature on Fuller, The New Yorker called him, “the closest thing the world has to a fountain genius.” He has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times’ “Corner Office” by Adam Bryant, and spoke on his passion for integrating design with science at the recent TEDxSaltLakeCity under the topic of “Design DisIntegration.”
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Stephen Jacobsen - "Turning Ideas into Reality"
With a BS and MS in engineering from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in engineering from MIT, Stephen Jacobsen has been mentored by some of the greatest life science minds of the past century – including MIT legend Robert Mann and Willem Kolff, father of artificial organs, with whom he led the development of the wearable kidney. Jacobsen founded Sarcos, which he led until 2007 when it was acquired by Raytheon; and Sterling Technologies, which he currently runs. He has also led the development of Micro-Drugs Inc., Eye-Port Corp. and Motion Control Inc., all still operating in Utah; Iomed Inc. (acquired by Microject Corp. which was acquired by Sorenson Medical); and Precision Vascular Systems Inc. (acquired by Boston Scientific).

Jacobsen has employed more than 200 Utahns, garnered more than 200 patents and led more than 359 projects ranging from medical to entertainment, commercial and military. Sponsors and clients for these projects include Abbott, Becton Dickinson, Cordis, Merck and Pfizer, as well as Ballys, Disney, Honda, MIT, The Bellagio and Universal Studios, the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Veterans Administration. The teams’ creations have broken new ground and stood the test of time. The Utah Arm, developed in the early 1980s, is still widely considered the world’s finest artificial limb. The exoskeleton developed at Sarcos and Raytheon was a significant inspiration for the Iron Man movie franchise.

A UofU distinguished professor and director of its Center for Engineering Design, Jacobsen is helping establish a center for biomedical design in the College of Engineering and has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine, both within the National Academy of Science, and is a member of the National Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. A host of awards include the Leonardo da Vinci Award from the ASME, the Pioneer of Robotics Award from the IEEE and the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.
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Dale H. Ballard - "Pioneer in Disposable Medical Products"
Dale H. Ballard
earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Utah. He then worked for Parke-Davis from 1951 to 1956, quitting to launch his first company, Deseret Pharmaceutical, with James L. Sorenson and Victor Cartwright. The firm, which produced disposable medical items, began modestly, with Ballard initially manufacturing some products in his basement, but grew rapidly. Under his innovative leadership, the company established medical manufacturing in Utah. In 1977, Ballard sold Deseret Pharmaceutical for $138 million to Warner Lambert. In 1978, Ballard started Ballard Medical Products and became its president, CEO and board chairman.
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Gary L. Crocker - "Medical Device/Biotech Entrepreneur and Philanthropist"
Gary L. Crocker
is president of Crocker Ventures, a privately-held life science investment firm funding biotechnology and medical device companies. Since 2004, he has also been chairman of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, a personalized oncology drug company. In addition, Crocker has held senior executive or director level positions in several Utah and national life science firms, including: chairman of ARUP Laboratories, from 1998 to 2003; director of Interleuken Genetics and Linea- Gen Genetics, LLC; and co-founder and director of Theratech, which was acquired in 1999 by Watson Pharmaceuticals.
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Michael O. Leavitt - "Entrepreneur, Collaborator, Visionary and Statesman"
Michael O. Leavitt
is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, where he advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors. In previous roles, Leavitt served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (Secretary of Health and Human Services and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah exhibiting information technology leadership in each of these positions. As governor, Leavitt created a new vision for information technology in the beehive state. He outlined this vision in a speech to technology leaders and called for the state to build a high-speed digital highway, place government services online 24/7, expand the state’s wide-area network and commit the state to greater use of the Internet, videoconferencing and wireless technologies. [
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Greg Butterfield - "Technology Leader and Entrepreneur"Greg Butterfield
Greg Butterfield
is the Managing Partner of SageCreek Partners, a consulting company that provides mentoring, strategy and coaching in the U.S., EMEA and Latin America to help technology companies drive critical business results. Before founding SageCreek, he was the Group President of the Altiris and Server and Storage business units for Symantec. Butterfield joined Symantec through the company's acquisition of Altiris in April 2007. At Altiris, he served as chairman of the board, president and CEO. After joining Altiris in February 2000, he guided the company to eight consecutive years of revenue growth and profitability overseeing growth in revenue from $3M to over $250M. Butterfield was the driving force behind eleven acquisitions, and he successfully completed an IPO in 2002 in the face of a notable economic downturn. The IPO was followed in August of 2003 with a successful secondary offering. Butterfield received a bachelor of science in business administration, finance from Brigham Young University.
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Pete MeldrumPete Meldrum - "Life Science Visionary"
Peter D. Meldrum is co-founder of Myriad Genetics, Inc., and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Myriad since 1992. Prior to joining Myriad Genetics, Mr. Meldrum was President and Chief Executive Officer of Founders Fund, Inc., a venture capital group. Meldrum was selected by Scientific American as one of the Top 50 Scientific Visionaries in the World. Peter Meldrum has been involved in the founding of several biotechnology companies including: Myriad Genetics, Sonix Innovations, Rosetta Inpharmatics (now part of Merck), Pique Therapeutics and Kylin Therapeutics. He received a Doctorate of Engineering (honorary) from the University of Utah in 2009, a Doctorate of Science (honorary) from Westminster College in 2004, an M.B.A. from the University of Utah in
1974 and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1970.
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Dr. Mark Skolnick - "Groundbreaking Geneticist"Mark H. Skolnick
Mark H. Skolnick
is co-founder, chief scientific officer and a director of Myriad Genetics since May 1991. Dr. Skolnick and several colleagues were the first to conceive of using restriction fragment length polymorphism technology as genetic markers, a breakthrough that underpins the Human Genome Project. Dr. Skolnick received his Ph.D. in Genetics from Stanford University in 1975 and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968.
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Ray Bingham - "Global Technology Executive & Director"
Ray Bingham’s
distinguished career of more than 30 years has spanned businesses in high tech, chemical engineering, and hospitality real estate development with accomplishments in mergers and acquisitions, global trade and venture capital. He is currently Managing Director with General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. Having joined the firm in 2006, Mr. Bingham is co-head of General Atlantic’s Palo Alto office. He also serves as co-head of the firm's investment activities in the
Communications and Electronics sector.
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Dr. Theodore Stanley - "Researcher, Teacher, Inventor, Entrepreneur"
Dr. Theodore (Ted) Stanley
is recognized as an international expert in intravenous anesthesia, opioid analgesics, drug delivery systems, human and wildlife immobilization techniques. He has been associated with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah for more than 40 years (since 1967). Dr. Stanley has been directly responsible for the research education of more than 45 anesthesiology and surgical fellows, he has mentored more than 40 foreign and dozens of American medical students; and has guided the early academic careers of countless junior faculty in anesthesiology departments across the United States and Western Europe. [
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James LeVoy Sorenson - "Medical Device Pioneer"
James LeVoy Sorenson
, a renowned American entrepreneur, invented and produced many ingenious medical devices that are standard equipment in health care today. He is known foremost for developing the computerized heart monitor, which was the first device able to accurately monitor conditions inside a living human heart. Among Mr. Sorenson’s other inventions are the first disposable paper surgical mask, the first plastic venous catheter and the first blood recycling system for trauma and surgical procedures. With more than 40 medical patents, it is likely that a Sorenson medical innovation is at work in every operating room and intensive care unit in the United States. [
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Bernard Daines - "Father of Fast and Gigabit Ethernet"
Bernard Daines
has a rich legacy of innovation spanning several decades of achievements in the network communications industry, and is widely recognized as an expert in Ethernet technology. Mr. Daines has been instrumental in the development of the IEEE standards and innovative solutions for Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as establishing the markets for Ethernet in the Local Area Network, the Ethernet Metro Area Network, and Ethernet in the First Mile. His contributions to the advancement of the networking industry have been widely recognized on a global basis. [
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Dr. Dinesh Patel - "Father of Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals"
Dinesh Patel
, a managing director and founding partner of vSpring Capital, is considered by many to be the father of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in the Mountain West region. Founder, chairman and CEO of Ashni Naturaceuticals, a company focused on development and marketing of naturaceutical products, Patel has served as chairman and CEO of TheraTech, a biotechnology company which he took public and sold for $350 million to Watson Pharmaceuticals. [
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Dr. Jim Kajiya - "Distinguished Engineer"
An Academy Award winner, Jim Kajiya began his career as a hardware designer. He worked for Quad Eight Electronics where he designed automated mix-down equipment and SMPTE time-code synchronizers. He then joined Evans and Sutherland as the project engineer for its frame buffer – the first commercially-available random access frame buffer. [
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Drew Major - "Lead Architect and Developer of NetWare"
Drew Major
was one of the founders of Novell and the lead architect and developer of NetWare for over 15 years. In 1981 Drew and his partners Kyle Powell, Dale Neibaur and Mark Hurst saw the value of enabling PCs to share files and other resources via local area networks (LAN). By 1991 NetWare was the “killer app” that was driving PC and most LAN deployments. Drew was inducted into the National Computer Industry Hall of Fame in 1999. He continues to be a passionate developer of high performance network server software. [
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 Dr. Homer Warner - "A Father of Medical Informatics"
A Morris Collen award recipient, Dr. Homer Warner, pioneered many aspects of computer applications to medicine. He was the first chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Utah, the first medical school in the U.S. to formally organize a medical informatics degree. He also served as CIO for the U’s Health Sciences Center, as president of the American College of Medical Informatics (with an award named in his honor), and was actively involved with the National Institutes of Health. [
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Kevin Rollins - "President & CEO of Dell, Inc."
Kevin B. Rollins
is the president and CEO of Dell. Prior to becoming CEO in July 2004, Mr. Rollins served as president and COO, vice chairman, and president of Dell Americas. The company employs approximately 50,000 team members worldwide and reported revenues of $45.4 billion for the past four quarters. Before joining Dell in April 1996, Mr. Rollins was vice president and partner of Bain & Co. management consultants. [
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Shane Robison - "Chief Strategy & Technology Officer, HP"
Shane V. Robison is Hewlett Packard’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer. Robison is currently shaping HP’s technology agenda and corporate development efforts through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships, and developing technology roadmaps. Prior to joining HP, he held key positions at Compaq, AT&T, Apple, and E&S. Robison is a graduate from the University of Utah, where he received bachelors and master degrees in computer science.

Alan Kay - "Creator of the Laptop Concept"
Alan Kay
, Hewlett-Packard Senior Fellow and President of Viewpoints Research Institute, is best known as father of the personal computer, creator of the laptop concept, and inventor of overlapping-window interface and modern object-oriented programming. He received masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah, and was a researcher on the University of Utah team that developed 3-D graphics.

Dr. James Clark - "Founder of SGI & Netscape"
Dr. James Clark
is one of Silicon Valley’s greatest visionaries. He is the only person in business history to have created and grown three $1+ billion companies from inception to public offering: Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), Netscape Communications, and Healtheon Corporation. He also founded MyCFO in 1999. Dr. Clark received a PhD from the University of Utah, where his thesis was the first implementation of “virtual reality.”

Nolan Busnell - "Father of Video Games"
Nolan Bushnell
is best known as the Founder of Atari. Having brought “PONG” to the masses, he is revered as the “Father of Video Games.” Mr. Bushnell, who has founded more than 20 companies, has been inducted into the “Video Game Hall of Fame” and the Consumer Electronics Association’s “Hall of Fame.” Mr. Bushnell attended the University of Utah where he is a “Distinguished Fellow.”
David Bailey - "CEO & Co-Founder of Iomega"
David Bailey
is most recognized as a Co-Founder and the initial Chairman/CEO of Iomega, Inc. He was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1988 by the MountainWest Venture Group for inventions connected to Iomega. Mr. Bailey, who holds four U.S. Patents, attended Utah State University where he has been honored with a distinguished alumnus award in Electrical Engineering.

Stephen Aldous - "Co-Founder of Megahertz"
Stephen Aldous
served as both Director and Chief Technology Officer of Megahertz Corporation, a highly successful Utah-based data communications company that was acquired in 1994 by US Robotics and later by 3Com. He developed proprietary portable modem connector technology widely used in Megahertz products, for which he received several patents. Aldous received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1985.

Edwin E. Catmull - "President of Pixar Animation Studios"
Edwin E. Catmull has been honored with three Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work, including an Oscar for significant advancements to the field of motion pictures as exemplified in Pixar’s RenderManTM.” Prior to Pixar, Catmull partnered with George Lucas as Vice President of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, Ltd. In 2000, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Utah.
Spencer Kirk - "Co-Founder of Megahertz"
Spencer Kirk
joined Megahertz as Chief Financial Officer and served as Director, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Kirk received a BA in Finance and an MBA from the University of Utah. He retired in 1996 to pursue a life-long dream of operating a cattle ranch and is active in the self-storage business.
David Spafford - "Co-Founder of Megahertz"
David Spafford joined Megahertz as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and later served as Vice President of Business Development. With innovative technology and Spafford’s marketing acumen, Megahertz shot to $120 million in sales in less than a decade. Spafford has a BS in Marketing from the University of Utah. He has furthered his University connections through a myriad of contributions, both in terms of time and money.
Thomas Stockham - "Father of Digital Recording" Thomas Stockham has won Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards for his role in the development of digital recording. He has been Internationally recognized as the father of digital recording, and is credited with making the first digital recording in 1976. Stockham launched the technology that led to the production of compact discs and CD players. In 1998, he was awarded the Jack S. Kilby medal for Digital Signal Processing from the IEEE, and became a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Bruce Bastian - "Co-founder of WordPerfect"
Bruce W. Bastian
was the co-founder of WordPerfect Corporation, which by the 1980s was the world’s best-selling word processor. For his thesis project for a masters in music, later changed to computer science, he wrote a computer program to assist in writing marching band productions, and realized that a computer could be used to assist in writing large bodies of text as well. He combined his ideas with those of co-founder Alan Ashton to form WordPerfect.

Dr. John Warnock - "CEO & Co-founder of Adobe Systems"
Dr. John E. Warnock
co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982, which has developed a stream of pioneering software products in graphics, publishing, and electronic document technology. Dr. Warnock is currently Adobe’s CEO and Co-Chairman. For over three decades he has been an innovator in software, holding four patents, a contributor of many articles, and is a frequent speaker on critical issues in the computer and publishing industries. He holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees from the University of Utah.
Alan Ashton - "Co-founder of WordPerfect"
Alan Ashton is well known in Utah as the co-founder of WordPerfect Corporation. With a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Utah, Alan taught at Brigham Young University, where he teamed up with graduate student Bruce Bastian to create a word processor program. More recently Alan has invested in many companies and has generously donated money to develop Thanksgiving Point.
David Evans - "Pioneer in Computer Graphics"
David Evans
is co-founder of Evans & Sutherland. Along with Dr. Ivan Sutherland, both computer science professors and pioneers in computer graphics technology, he had a theory that computers could be used as simulators. Prior to forming E&S, he served as head of UC Berkley’s work for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Project Agency, and where he also led students in developing the SDS-940, the first commercial time-sharing computer system.
Philo T. Farnsworth - "Father of Television"
Philo Taylor Farnsworth (August 19, 1906 - March 11, 1971) born in Beaver, Utah, invented the first electronic television in September 10, 1928, in San Francisco. Farnsworth also helped in the discovery of radar, infrared night lights, the baby incubator, and cold cathode ray tubes used in television and computers. He is recognized world-wide as a technology pioneer in America.

Raymond Noorda - "CEO & Co-founder of Novell"
Raymond J. Noorda
was one of the founders of Novell, where he served as president, CEO, and chairman from 1983-1994, leading the company to become one of the world leaders in networking software. He retired in 1995 to oversee The Canopy Group, which invests in companies such as Caldera and Helius. He has long been an inspiration and supporter of numerous new IT businesses.
Ivan Sutherland - "Creator of Sketchpad & GUI Interface"
Ivan Sutherland
Ivan Sutherland
Mr. Sutherland
met David Evans at Berkeley, were he was working with ARPA as the head of Information Processing Techniques. Mr. Sutherland was the creator of "Sketchpad," the world's first program for drawing geometric images on a computer screen. He is also credited as the founder of the GUI interface. Sutherland recieved his Bachelor's degree from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in 1959. He recieved his masters degree from Cal Tech, and a PhD from MIT in 1963.



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