Startup Founders, Fortune 500 CEOs and Wildcats for Life
Preparing for an Industry Career
Robert McBride, 2005 ECE PhD alum, now works as a senior principal systems engineer at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.The course content has direct application to creating solutions to engineering design problems. I have a whole suite of tools that I developed as a student that I rely on repeatedly.
Working to Help the World
Mike Hummel, 1982 electrical engineering graduate, now helps provide water and power to more than a million Arizonans as the CEO of the Salt River Project.Engineering causes you to think about how you address a problem, and how you really define a problem before you try to solve it. That’s so fundamental to the engineering discipline, it's really fundamental to what we do as CEOs, or, in fact, what we do in life.
Starting, Selling and Starting Companies
Sunil Kishen, MS 1991, came to the UA from his homeland in India. Now he works in Silicon Valley transferring vast quantities of proprietary information for clients from their networks to the cloud. After his Sheer Networks startup was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005, he held leadership posts there and at Intel before starting Aviatrix Systems in 2015.I feel I started my life in Tucson, and I could not have had a better landing in America.
Catalyzing Regional Biotech Growth
Patrick Marcus, BS 1996, whose sculptures featuring solar-powered light decorate the country, harnessed the power of his UA undergraduate degree and 2006 PhD in biomedical engineering to found a Tucson-based startup that makes medical devices. Named Tucson’s Man of the Year in 2014, Marcus works tirelessly with business and academic groups to support other entrepreneurs.Local startups must build relationships with engineering students early on. We can’t afford not to be closely involved with the University.