Notable Alumni

Steve Wozniak, BS 1986, co-founder of Apple Computer
Gordon Moore, BS 1950, co-founder of semiconductor company Intel
Thomas Schelling, BA 1944, Nobel laureate
Hamilton O. Smith, BA 1952 ,Nobel laureate
Dennis Ritchie, co-invented Unix
Jay Miner, BS 1959, “father of the Amiga” computer
Doug Engelbart, B. Eng. invented the computer mouse 1952
Earl Warren, BA 1912, J.D. 1914, 14th Chief Justice of the United States
Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway, BA 1999
Astronaut James van Hoften, BS 1966
Astronaut Margaret Rhea Seddon, BS 1970
First Chinese-American Astronaut Leroy Chiao, BS 1983
Astronaut Rex Walheim, BS 1984
Charles Simonyi, BS 1972, Space tourist and Microsoft billionaire
Jennifer Granholm, BA 1984, Governor of Michigan
Captain Glen Edwards, BS 1941, namesake of Edwards Air Force Base
Lillian Moller Gilbreth,BA 1900, MA 1902, industrial/organizational psychologist and subject of the book (and film) Cheaper by the Dozen
GTK was created by Peter Mattis, BS 1997
Tom Anderson, B.A. 1998 – Creator and founding member of social networking website MySpace
Eric E. Schmidt, M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1982 – CEO of web search company Google (2001-present)
Maury Austin, B.S. 19?? – CFO of semiconductor company MIPS Technologies[45][46]
Mitchell Baker, B.A. 1979, J.D. 1987 – President of the web browser company Mozilla Corporation
Brian Barish, B.A. 1991 – President of the investment firm Cambiar Investors, LLC.
Stephen D. Bechtel, 1954 (honorary) – Founder of engineering services company Bechtel Corporation
Jeffrey Berg, B.A. 1969, CEO entertainment talent agency International Creative Management
Stewart Blusson, Ph.D. 1964 – multimillionaire diamond magnate (Ekati Diamond Mine) and philanthropist
Richard C. Blum, B.S. 1958, M.B.A. 1959 – Investment banker (Blum Capital Partners)
Weili Dai, B.A. Computer Science 1984 – Co-founder Marvell Technology Group
John Danne, B.S. EECS 1986 – Pres. & CEO of semiconductor company Altera
Stephanie DiMarco, B.S. Business 1979 – Co-founder and CEO Advent Software
Patricia Dunn, B.A. 1975 – Chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard
John East, B.S. 1966 – CEO of semiconductor company Actel
Donald Fisher, B.S. 1951 – Founder and Chair of clothing retailer The Gap
Jean Paul Getty (transferred to the University of Oxford)
Timothy Guertin, B.S. 1972 – Pres. & CEO medical technology company Varian Medical Systems
John Hanke, MBA 1996 – founder and CEO of Keyhole, Inc. (acquired by Google, invented Google Earth)
Walter A. Haas, Sr., B.S. 1910 – Pres & CEO of clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co.
Walter A. Haas, Jr., B.S. 1937 – Pres. CEO of Levi Strauss & Co.
William Randolph Hearst, Jr. (attended) – newspaper publisher
Paul E. Jacobs, B.S. 1984, M.S. 1986, Ph. D 1989 – CEO Qualcomm
John W. Kercheval, III, B.S. 1987, M.B.A. 993- Vulture Capital Fund Manager, Prof.Georgetown
Howard Lincoln, B.A. 1962, J.D. 1965 – former Chairman Nintendo, Chairman CEO Seattle Mariners
Daniel S. Loeb, hedge fund manager
Thomas J. Long, B.S. 1932 – Founder of pharmaceutical retailer Longs Drugs
Bob Lutz, B.S. 1961, M.B.A. 1962 – General Motors Vice Chairman & Chairman
Lothar Maier, B.S. Chem. E. 1978 – CEO of NASDAQ-100 semiconductor company Linear Technology
Brian Maxwell, B.A. 1975 – Founder of energy bar food company PowerBar (acquired by Nestlé)
Sanjay Mehrotra, B.S. 1978, M.S. EE 1980 – Co-founder, president flash memory company SanDisk
Michael Milken, B.S. 1968 – Financier, Drexel Burnham Lambert, philanthropist
Shantanu Narayen, M.B.A. 1993- President and CEO of software company Adobe Systems Inc.
Stuart Nichols, B.A. 1983 – Vice President, General Counsel and Corp Secretary MIPS Technologies
Paul Otellini, M.B.A. 1974 – CEO of semiconductor company Intel (2005-present)
John Riccitiello, B.S. 1981 – CEO of video game company Electronic Arts (April 2007-present)
Arun Sarin, M.S. 1978, M.B.A. 1978 – Vodafone (2003-present)
John Schaeffer, 1971 – Founder of solar energy retailer Real Goods[61] and the Solar Living Center
Jim Simons, Ph.D. 1972 – mathematician, philanthropist, founder of the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies
Stephen A. Skaggs, B.S. 1984 – President and CEO of Lattice Semiconductor
Masayoshi Son, B.A. 1980 – Founder and CEO of venture capital company Softbank Capital
Paul Stephens, B.S. 1967, M.B.A. 1969 – Inv banker, co-founder of Robertson Stephens & Company
Pantas Sutardja, B.S. 1983, M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1988 EECS – Co-founder Marvell Technology Group
Ralph Ungermannn, B.S.E.E. 1964 – Co-founder of semiconductor company Zilog
Dean Witter, 1909 – Co-founder and Partner, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Politics and government

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, B.A. 1950 – President of Pakistan (1971-1973), Prime Minister of Pakistan
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (Laurentien Brinkhorst), M.Jour. 1991
Prince Johan-Friso of Orange-Nassau (attended College of Engineering 1986-1988)
Sun Fo, B.A. 1916 – Premier of the Republic of China, President of National Chiao Tung University
Francisco I. Madero (attended 1892-1893) – President of Mexico (1911-1913)
Haakon Magnus, Crown Prince of Norway, B.A. 1999 – heir to the throne of Norway
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, M.A. 1966, Ph.D. 1966 – President of Costa Rica (1998-2002)


Leroy Chiao, B.S. 1983 – first Chinese-American astronaut
Tamara E. Jernigan, M.S. 1985 – astronaut
Don L. Lind, Ph.D. 1964 – astronaut
Brian T. O’Leary, Ph.D. 1967- astronaut
Margaret Rhea Seddon, B.A. 1970 – astronaut
Charles Simonyi, B.S. 1972 – fifth space tourist; also listed in section Computer scientists and engineers
James van Hoften, B.S. 1966 – astronaut
Rex Walheim, B.S. 1984 – astronaut
Mary Weber, Ph.D. 1988 – astronaut


For a full list, see

Matt Biondi, B.A. 1988 – three-time Olympian, winner of 8 gold medals
Hubert A. Caldwell, 1929 – Olympic crew, 1928 gold medalist
Natalie Coughlin, B.A. 2005 – Olympic swimmer
Anthony Ervin – Olympic swimmer, gold medal in 50m freestyle, silver medal in 4x100m freestyle relay
Michele Granger, B.A. 1993 – softball pitcher and Olympic gold medalist
Mark Henderson (swimmer), 1991 – swimmer, gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Mary T. Meagher, B.A. 1987 – Olympic swimmer, winner of three gold medals;
Jonny Moseley (currently enrolled) – Gold Medalist in 1998 Winter Olympics
Connie Carpenter-Phinney, B.A. 1981 – cycling gold medalist in 1984 Summer Olympics
Alvin F. Rylander, 1928 – Olympic crew, 1928 gold medalist
Staciana Stitts, B.A. 2004 – Olympic swimmer, gold medalist in 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Helen Wills, B.A. 1925 – singles winner of 8 Wimbledon titles, 7U.S. Open Championships, 4 Fr Opens


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