Alumni Accomplishments

With almost 30,000 living alumni, the College of Engineering is the largest college on campus–making up over one third of all Carnegie Mellon University graduates. From student start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and academia to non-profits, College of Engineering alumni are defining fields through their creativity, technical excellence, and complex problem-solving. Our Advanced Collaboration culture breeds a unique type of ingenuity that empowers our engineers to change the world.

Examples of notable alumni from the College of Engineering

Ivan Sutherland, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) ’59 – Creator of SketchPad, a program considered to be the ancestor of modern computer-aided design programs. Sutherland received a Turing Award and a Kyoto Prize for this pioneering work.

Andrew Jon (AJ) Eggenberger, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) ’61,’67 – Former chief executive officer, chairman, and board member of the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board. Eggenberger was responsible for external safety oversight of the Department of Energy’s defense nuclear facilities, a role appointed to him by former President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. senate.

William D. Strecker, ECE ’66,’67,’71 – One of the creators of VAX, an iconic set architecture development by Digital Equipment Corporation.

Andy Bechtolsheim, ECE ’76 – Co-founder and former chief hardware designer of Sun Microsystems. More recently, Bechtolsheim is known for being a prominent technology investor.

David M. Kelley, ECE ’76 – Founder of the global design and innovation company IDEO and Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design — commonly referred to as the d.school.

Vinod Khosla, Biomedical Engineering ’78 – Co-founder, former chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems. Khosla then went on to form his own venture capital firm, Khosla Ventures.

Raymond T. Betler, ECE ’79 – President and chief executive officer of Wabtec Corporation

Jane Rudolph, ECE ’79 – Principal with Rudolph Consulting Services LLC, which provides strategy and business development professional services to the defense and government IT industries. Rudolph has also held leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Loral Space & Communications. 

Carol Williams, Chemical Engineering (ChemE) ’80 – Former executive vice president of the Dow Chemical Company.

Scott Griffith, Mechanical Engineering (MechE) ’81 – Chairman and chief executive officer of Everything but the House online estate sale company. Previously, Griffith has held the position of chairman and chief executive officer of Zipcar.

Candace Matthews, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) ’81 – Regional President of the Americas and Europe for Amway. Matthews has also held leadership positions at SoftSheen-Carson, the Coca-Cola Company, the CIBA Vision Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and General Mills.

Jonathan Rothberg, ChemE ’85 – Well-known scientist and entrepreneur who has founded companies such as: CuraGen, Ion Torrent, and Butterfly Network. Rothberg holds over 100 patents.

Barb Samardzich, MechE ’85 – Former vice president and chief operating officer of Ford of Europe.

Daniel Swanson, MechE ’85 – Software systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Roger Rosner, ECE ’87 – Vice president of Applications at Apple.

Gloria Chen, ECE ’89 – Senior vice president of strategy and growth at Adobe.

Mark Russinovich, ECE ’89, ’94 – Co-founder and former chief software architect of Winternals Software. Russinovich now serves as chief technology officer of Microsoft Azure.

Alex Acero, ECE ’90 – A speech recognition expert who leads the speech team in Siri for Apple. Before joining Apple, he worked at Microsoft Research and managed teams in speech, natural language processing, information retrieval, multimedia, communication and computer vision.

Raj Kapoor, MechE ’92 – Co-founder and former chief executive officer of Snapfish. Kapoor currently serves as the chief strategy officer and head of business for self-driving at Lyft.

George Mueller, ECE ’93 – Co-founder and former chief executive officer of Color Kinetics Inc. (formerly Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, Inc.). More recently, Mueller has founded EcoSense Lighting.

Matt Rogers, ECE ’04,’05 – Co-founder and former chief product officer at Nest.

Ana Pinczuk, Software Management ’10 – Chief transportation officer of Anaplan. Pinczuk has also held leadership positions at AT&T, Cisco, Veritas Technologies LLC, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.