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A Look Back Over 40 Years

Paul McKenney arrived on the Oregon State University campus 40 years ago as a freshman majoring in computer science. More...

 
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Alumnus Nicole Phelps: App Happy

Nicole Phelps did not expect to love computer science, but a job developing mobile applications at Oregon State got her hooked, and it turned into passion that propelled her into a career in software development. More...

 
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Alumnus Brian Benavidez: A Second Chance for College

Brian Benavidez did not expect to have a chance to go to college since he had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force immediately after graduating from high school. But it was the experience in the military that gave him focus and direction that he credits for his success in school. And the scholarship support he received from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science inspired his desire to give back. More...

 
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Alumnus Katie Gibson: Creating Her Path

A fan of mountains and outdoor activities, Katie Gibson choose to go west from the Midwest for college, where she could also find schools strong in engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder, and her master’s in computer science at Oregon State University. More...

 
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Alumnus Marcus Turner: Early Lessons in Exceeding Expectations

Marcus Turner has no doubt as to how he managed a successful career in computer science, which began at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis. “The best thing my parents ever did for me was to instill a drive and passion to be the hardest worker,” Turner said. More...

 
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EECS Alumnus Doug Fisher: Rising to the Top

Fascination with electricity started Oregon State alumnus, Doug Fisher, on a path to becoming the top manager for Intel’s software and services group. “I was intrigued with how electricity, although invisible, could create action, and by understanding how it worked you could have the ability to control things — almost like a puppeteer,” Fisher says. More...

 
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Brandon Greenley: Keeping Connected to Oregon State

As a first-generation college student, Brandon Greenley didn’t have footsteps to follow, so choosing Oregon State University was based on the quality of its engineering school. Still a Beaver fan, he also has a deeper connection to his alma mater in his role as Tektronix liaison to Oregon State. More...

 
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Howard Yang: Visionary Leader

Howard Yang was the first integrated-circuits (IC) designer to return to China from Silicon Valley and help lead the high-tech transformation there starting in the early 1990s through education and entrepreneurship. At a time when mixed-signal design was unknown in China, he taught engineers and graduate students at Fudan University in Shanghai, and co-founded the first IC design company in China. More...

 
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Serendipity and hard work

Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder, president, and CEO of NVIDIA, sat down on the steps of the atrium in Kelley Engineering Center to give a heartfelt talk to Oregon State University students. He shared his views on what was important on the path to founding and growing NVIDIA into a hugely successful visual computing technology company. More...

 
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A Chance to Change Lives

The best part of funding scholarships for Bev Brown is the chance to meet the students face to face and hear about their accomplishments. “I feel like I have a lot of adopted grandchildren, and the good thing about that is that they're all doing well!” she said at an annual luncheon with the recipients of the Hal and Bev Brown Scholarship in Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. More...

 
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Oregon State grad helps fuel PDX tech boom

Brad Heller is in many ways the prototypical Portland, Oregon, tech start-up guy — he’s scary-smart, works hard and plays hard, yet doesn’t take himself too seriously. He may work as the high-powered director of engineering for Cloudability, one of Portland’s most-buzzed about new tech companies, but he’s not above heading to the video game store at midnight to get his hands on the much-anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto V. More...

 
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Alumni Couple Gives with Gratitude

Life has been good to OSU alumni Mike and Judy Gaulke. So when it came time to determine how they would share their good fortune, they chose the institutions that had been meaningful in their lives, and topping the list was Oregon State University. The Gaulkes have pledged $3.5 million to create the Michael and Judith Gaulke Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at OSU. More...

 
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Kicking the Cloud(s)

Alex Polvi’s career trajectory — from his first job running a chain saw on his family’s Christmas tree farm outside tiny Amity, Oregon, through various student positions in computer science at Oregon State University, to being CEO of a recently acquired Silicon Valley startup — has been nothing short of stratospheric. More...