2017–2018 Members of the Board
R. Miller Adams, Seattle, WA
Miller is a founder of Pier 70 Ventures bringing 25+ years of experience in the technology sector. He served as VP Global R&D Strategy and Internal Technology Planning a The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Phantom Works Investments, Inc. His responsibilities at Boeing included a broad set of corporate technology venture initiatives. He is a lawyer by training and was a general counsel, secretary, and EVP of a public company in the defense intelligence sector.
Michael Angiulo ’93, Yarrow Valley, WA
Corporate Vice President
Michael Angiulo is the corporate vice president of Xbox & Large Screen Hardware at Microsoft Corporation. As part of the Devices and Studios division, he is responsible for the engineering of Xbox consoles, Kinect sensors, a wide range of gaming peripherals and Perceptive Pixel touchscreens.
Angiulo joined Microsoft in 1993 and held a variety of diverse program management roles early on in his career. He has contributed to Microsoft Research as well as work on Excel, FrontPage and core Office product teams. In his tenure, Angiulo has also played some key roles in the product planning discipline within Microsoft. He was the first group product planner for the Information Worker division. Prior to joining the Devices and Studios organization, he led the Hardware and PC Ecosystem team at Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for Surface Computing, PC Hardware and a variety of partner engagement programs such as WinHEC, the Certification (logo) programs for hardware and systems, and direct engineering engagements with OEMs, IHVs and ISVs. Prior to that, Angiulo was the general manager of the Project Business Unit for four years, during which time Microsoft Project shipped new versions of both Client and Server and completed an acquisition of an industry-leading portfolio management company, which led to its first-ever “IT PPM Leaders Quadrant” status from Gartner. He has been awarded seven patents.
Angiulo earned an undergraduate engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, and a master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, where he has been a repeat guest lecturer on axiomatic design as applied to software development. He lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and two young daughters.
James C. Bean ’77, Boston, MA
Provost of Northeastern University, Boston
James C. Bean is the provost of Northeastern University. Before this, he was Harry B. Miller Professor of Business and senior associate dean for academic programs in the Lindquist College of Business at the University of Oregon. He was senior vice president and provost at the University of Oregon from 2008–2013 and dean of the Lundquist College of Business from 2004–2008. Bean spent 24 years at the University of Michigan, including appointments as the Ford Motor Company co-director of the Tauber Manufacturing Institute, associate dean for graduate education and international programs in the College of Engineering and associate dean for academic affairs. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in operations research from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics (honors and distinction) from Harvey Mudd College.
Bean is past president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), a charter Fellow of the Institute and recent winner of the George E. Kimball Medal. He serves on the regional board for U.S. Bank and is chair-elect of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene. He has previously served as a member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Engineering Systems at MIT and the Oregon Innovation Council.
Bean and his wife, Margaret (Scripps ’78), live in Boston.
Deborah Byron P07, Los Altos, CA
Advisor and Trustee/Director
Deborah (Debbie) Byron is a seasoned global executive with over 30 years of experience leading change in corporate businesses, professional services and educational institutions. Byron currently serves as EVP and chief human resources officer for Risk Management Solutions, the world leader in catastrophic risk modeling solutions for the global insurance and financial industries. Concurrently, she serves on boards and consults to organizations seeking effective organizational strategies.
Prior to joining RMS, Byron was senior vice president of worldwide human resources for Business Objects, a French/U.S. software company, through its acquisition by SAP in early 2008. Previously, Byron was the vice president of administration for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, an international law firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California. She has also held executive leadership positions for the California State Automobile Association and Tandem Computers and has been principal of her own organizational consulting practice for 15 years. She has demonstrated expertise in mergers and acquisitions, major organizational change management, human resources, business operations, succession planning and development of career/succession programs, particularly for women.
Byron serves as co-chair of the Stanford Women on Boards Initiative and as a trustee of Harvey Mudd College. She is a member of the national Human Resources Advisory Council of the American Management Association and previously chaired the board of directors of the Career Action Center in Cupertino, California. She also served as a publicly elected board member and two-term president of the 15,000-student Cupertino Union School District.
Byron graduated from Stanford University and holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She and her husband, Jeff, have two grown children and make their home in Los Altos and Carmel, California.
Joe Connolly, Pacific Palisades, CA
Joe Connolly recently retired from his law practice after more than 35 years in business litigation. Before entering private practice, he was a deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County and a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., where he was a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Connolly’s areas of legal expertise include investment fraud, commercial real estate, legal and accounting malpractice, and insurance. Throughout his career he also served as a mediator, arbitrator and hearing examiner for organizations including the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the Los Angeles Police Commission. He holds degrees from Stanford and the University of Southern California Law School.
Connolly presently serves on the boards of The Jean Perkins Foundation and Harvey Mudd College. His prior board service includes the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and St. Matthew’s School.
Connolly and his wife, Cindy, live in Pacific Palisades and have five children and seven grandchildren.
Michael Curtis, San Francisco, CA
VP of Engineering
Mike is the VP of engineering at Airbnb, he is responsible for delivering simple, elegant ways to match people with the most interesting places in the world. Mike is building a team of engineers and data scientists that have a big impact as Airbnb continues to build the bridge between the online and offline worlds. In addition to engineering, Mike leads cross-functional teams dedicated to bolstering Airbnb’s growth while building trust between millions of hosts and guests around the globe. Prior to joining Airbnb, Mike served as a director of engineering at Facebook focused on user growth and engagement. Previously he was at Yahoo where he led the engineering team for Yahoo Mail.
Bruce L. DePriester ’74, Bozeman, MT
Retired, American Funds Group
Howard Deshong III ’89 P21, Los Angeles, CA
Managing Partner, Galileo Partners
Jeff Drazan, Woodside, CA
Wayne Drinkward ’73, Portland, OR
President and CEO, Hoffman Construction
Wayne Drinkward is president and CEO of Hoffman Construction Company, the Pacific Northwest’s largest locally owned construction company. Hoffman is one of the top five privately held companies in Oregon, with 2010 revenues of approximately $800 million. Prior to joining Hoffman, Drinkward worked for 12 years with another construction firm, rising from estimator to vice president. In 1985, he joined Hoffman as a project manager and was promoted to vice president in 1986, executive vice president in 1990 and president in 1992.
Drinkward graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1973 with a B.S. in engineering and is a member of the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees.
Drinkward is active with many industry and community service organizations. He is a member of the Salvation Army National Advisory Board, the Construction Industry Round Table, the Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the board of directors of the Oregon Business Council, the OHSU Foundation, the OHSU Cancer Institute and the board of directors for The Halton Company.
He is also an emeritus board member and past chairman of the Portland Salvation Army Advisory Board, a member and past president of the board of trustees of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, a member and past president of the Oregon Episcopal School, a past member and president of the Architectural Foundation of Oregon, and a past member and chair of the Oregon Independent College Foundation.
Drinkward and his wife, Julie, reside in Portland, Oregon. They have four grown children and one grandson.
Jason Fennell ’08, San Francisco, CA
SVP of Engineering, Yelp
Joining Yelp in 2008, he became an engineering leader and assumed responsibility for search in 2010. After focusing on the growth of the search team for several years, he took over responsibility for advertising, data infrastructure, and partnerships as well as other algorithmically focused teams. Since Fennell joined, Yelp has grown from 6M to over 100M reviews and scaled its daily traffic volume and revenue similarly.
In addition to his technical oversight, he has also been a strategic driver for engineering recruiting and international office expansion.
Fennell earned a BS in computer science and math from Harvey Mudd College. He and his wife Lilly currently live in San Francisco.
Matthew Ferri, New York, NY
Partner, PDT Partners
Matthew Ferri is a founding partner at PDT Partners, a quantitative investment firm based in New York. Ferri joined PDT in 1997 when it was a proprietary trading group within Morgan Stanley. PDT Partners became an independent investment manager in 2013.
Ferri completed his undergraduate studies at Rice University and his graduate studies at MIT. He has degrees in mechanical engineering (B.S.), electrical engineering and computer science (M.S.), and nuclear engineering (M.S. and PhD). His doctoral thesis research at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center focused on superconducting magnet designs for advanced tokomak experiments.
Among other interests, Ferri supports the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at MIT, serves on the advisory board for the Songs of Love Foundation and is a member of the steering committee for the PDT / Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics partnership.
Originally from Colorado, Ferri lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He often spends weekends in the Upper Hudson Valley, where he enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking and relaxing by the pond.
Kathleen Fisher, Cambridge, MA
Professor of Computer Science
Laurie Girand, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Laurie Girand began her career as a graphics OS programmer. She moved on to evangelism, product management and product marketing at Apple Computer before serving as director of product marketing for a graphics hardware peripheral manufacturer. For 10 years, she headed a strategic planning and recruiting company, providing consultants and advice to companies including Adobe, Digital Equipment Corp, Netscape, Novell and Sun. During this time, Girand also held successive roles of advisory board member, board member and co-president of STOP Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit of consumer advocates of food safety, where she played a key role in tightening FDA regulation of unpasteurized juice.
In 2001, Girand and her family moved to the Netherlands, where Girand was a member of the Board of the Regional International School of Eindhoven. From 2010 to 2012, she served on the STEM Committee–comprised of faculty, staff and parents–of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano. She is presently a member of the Parents’ Advisory Board of Stanford University and the Board of Regents for the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
Girand holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford. She resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband, Scott A. McGregor, former CEO of Broadcom Corp. and her 10 year old daughter.
Murray Goldberg, Vancouver, BC Canada
Founder and CEO, Marine Learning Systems
Murray Goldberg was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, researching the effects of technology in learning. In 1995, he went on to develop WebCT, the world’s first commercially successful Learning Management System for higher education. He left the university to launch and lead the company, which grew to 350 employees serving 14 million learners at 4,000 organizations in 80 countries. Goldberg is widely acknowledged as one of a small number of key pioneers in the field of Learning Management Systems and has given over 250 invited presentations and keynote addresses on the subject of Learning Management Systems around the world.
Among other awards and distinctions, Goldberg was awarded the prestigious Killam teaching prize during his first year as a faculty member at UBC; the Manning Award for Innovation; the Canarie IWay Award for his contributions to information technology; the New Media Hyperion Award for his contributions to learning technologies; and an honorary doctorate from the Southern Cross University for his pioneering work in shaping educational technologies. Most recently, Backbone Magazine named him as one of the top 15 Canadians in digital media.
Jocelyn Goldfein, San Francisco, CA
Jocelyn Goldfein is a managing director at Zetta Venture Partners in San Francisco. She focuses on consumer, enterprise and ed-tech software. Goldfein has held engineering leadership roles in high-growth companies, such as VMware and Facebook, as well as small startups. Her teams have built systems including enterprise middleware, operating systems, consumer web and mobile apps, shrink-wrapped desktop software, developer tools and big data analytics engines. Goldfein is a widely recognized industry spokesperson on scalable engineering operations, software release process and diversity in tech. She has served on the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees since 2013 and holds a bachelor of science in computer science from Stanford University.
Shamit Grover ’05, New York, NY
Shamit Grover joined MSD Capital in 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Waypoint Leasing Holdings. Grover is also involved in MSD Capital’s investments in Kobalt Music Group, The Brickman Group and Transaction Network Services, and was previously involved in MSD Capital’s investment in OneWest Bank. Prior to joining MSD Capital, Grover was at Merrill Lynch where he worked in the Global Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions groups. He graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and double majored in Economics at Claremont McKenna College.
Elaine K. Hart ’06, Portland, OR
Integrated Resource Planning
Elaine Hart is a power analyst at Portland General Electric.
Hart earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College before completing a master of science in materials science and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering, both at Stanford University. She and her wife, Kara, currently live in San Mateo, California.
Glen Hastings ’93, London, UK
Business Operations Manager, Facebook
Glen Hastings is the strategy and analytics manager for emerging businesses at Facebook. He is responsible for marketplace operations and optimization for Facebook’s off-network mobile advertising business. Hastings has been working in online advertising for over 10 years and previously took lead roles in Facebook’s launch of on-network mobile advertising and Yahoo’s re-launch of its search advertising platform. Prior to joining Yahoo and Facebook, he spent five years as a chemist and engineer in the disk drive industry and was a strategy consultant with Accenture.
Hastings holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a concurrent masters of engineering management from the McCormick School of Engineering, both at Northwestern University.
Hastings lives in La Verne, California, with his wife, Janel Henriksen Hastings (Scripps ’91), and their two children. He participates in long-distance endurance cycling events and recently completed the California Death Ride and the Climb to Kaiser. He enjoys reading, craft beers and travel.
Josh Jones ’98, Santa Monica, CA
Maria M. Klawe, Claremont, CA
Harvey Mudd College President
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Karin Klein, New York, NY
Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta
Karin Klein is a founding partner at Bloomberg Beta, Bloomberg’s venture fund that invests in early-stage tech companies focused on making business work better. Prior to launching Bloomberg Beta, Karin led new initiatives for Bloomberg LP, where she and her team built new businesses, developed strategy and created partnerships. Before joining Bloomberg, Karin led Softbank’s team that reviewed all new investments during the period when Softbank invested in Buzzfeed’s seed round and realized the most successful exits in NYC (including Buddy Media, The Huffington Post and Associated Content). Before Softbank, Karin worked with the MC Group and Knowledge Universe, education and media focused investment funds. Karin first developed her passion for building businesses when she co-founded an educational training company for children.
Karin currently serves on the board of directors for Paramount Group (NYSE:PGRE) and the advisory board for L’Oreal’s Women in Digital. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an MBA and BS from the Wharton School and a BA from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura Larson P20, Woodinville, WA
With a history degree from Cornell and a career in finance, Laura Larson has enjoyed working in both quantitative and qualitative realms. In 2003, following many years of volunteer work in a variety of settings, Larson co-founded Zeno, a Seattle-based organization that creates a positive math culture for elementary through Pre-K children, their parents/caregivers and teachers to offer mathematical competency for all. While our society often isolates math and science from general learning, Larson has focused on changing the belief that math is only for some people and —all too tragically—disproportionately NOT for minorities and women. After successfully launching three children into the world – including one Mudder – Larson enthusiastically joined the Harvey Mudd Board to address these and other challenging issues in education. Larson is an omnivorous reader who also enjoys every opportunity to be outside (cycling, swimming, rowing, triathlons).
Ann E. McDermott ’81, New York, NY
Ann McDermott is the Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry at Columbia University, where she recently served as associate vice president for academic advising and science initiatives in the Arts and Sciences and currently serves as rising chair of the Educational Policy and Planning Committee of the Arts and Sciences. She has a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, where she carried out research in physical organic chemistry with Philip Myhre, and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Kenneth Sauer and Melvin Klein carrying out spectroscopic studies of the photosynthetic reaction centers of green plants.
McDermott carried out postgraduate work at MIT with Dr. Robert Griffin, studying nuclear magnetic resonance, and at the Tropical Medicine Institute of the ULB in Brussels, Belgium, studying African Sleeping Sickness. Her research at Columbia University concerns understanding the remarkable ability of naturally occurring proteins to catalyze chemical reactions. She studies the structure and inherent flexibility of these proteins using magnetic resonance methods and implications for drug discovery and biologically based solar energy conversion.
On the basis of this research, McDermott is the recipient of the Pure Award in Chemistry (1996) and the Eastern Analytic Symposium Award for Achievement in Magnetic Resonance (2005), and she is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Her research group has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Sloan Research Foundation and the Cottrell Research Foundation. Her former students and postdoctoral coworkers are on the faculty of University of Illinois, University of Delaware, Texas A&M University, Tel Aviv University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and others. She is the author or coauthor of over 100 peer-reviewed publications. At Columbia University, she teaches in both the graduate biophysics and the undergraduate chemistry programs.
Kjersten Moody, Bloomington, IL
Vice President and Chief Data & Analytics Officer, State Farm
Kjersten Moody joined State Farm in July 2017 as vice president and chief data & analytics officer. Previously, Kjersten led Data & Analytics and IT groups at global companies, such as FICO (Braun), Thomson Reuters and Unilever. She has a record of delivering tangible, positive business results, and a depth of experience in scaling operations, planning/executing mission-critical business initiatives, and achieving profitability objectives.
Kjersten is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
John Norin ’90/’91, Weston, FL
President and Founder, Theta Advisors, LLC
John Norin is vice president of technology and ventures for DIRECTV, Inc., where he oversees research and development for next-generation communications and signal distribution systems. These have included DIRECTV’s SWiM, MoCA, and wireless video in-home distribution technologies, as well as the advanced wireless technologies being developed for the DIRECTV and SKY fixed wireless broadband businesses being deployed in Latin America.
Norin joined DIRECTV in 2004. Since joining the company, Norin has secured over 30 U.S. patents for his work and has numerous additional patents pending. He was also primarily responsible for the initial architecture and design of DIRECTV’s D10 and D11 satellites, the Ka-band platforms that provided the capacity for DIRECTV’s local and national HD leadership.
Prior to joining DIRECTV, Norin served as vice president of technology for News Corporation, where he was responsible for technology coordination among the various News Corp DTH satellite platforms, including involvement in developing the SKY Latin America platforms from 1999–2001. Norin also participated on management teams working on the SKY Italia merger in 2002–2003 and the purchase of Hughes from GM in 2003.
From 1991 to 1997, Norin held a variety of senior positions at Hughes Space and Communications. He worked on the original DIRECTV satellites that launched the service in the mid-1990s as well as the first Ka-band commercial satellite. In addition, he was the lead payload engineer and architect for the NewsCorp2 satellite, the first Ku-band satellite designed to provide local-in-to-local channels using customized spot beams and precursor to the DIRECTV D-4S satellite.
Norin holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College. He is based in DIRECTV’s El Segundo, California headquarters.
Teresa Pineda ’06, Portland, OR
Cost Engineer, Nike
Teresa Pineda ’06 is a cost engineer at Nike, working to improve the product profitability of young athlete’s shoes through manufacturing efficiency, material optimization and footwear construction while not compromising product performance and value. Pineda joined the team at Nike after nine years working in biotech, as a clinical studies engineer at BIOTRONIC on an 1,800-subject clinical trial for a new pacemaker electrical lead, and she began her career at Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute (OBEI), a research startup doing early-phase R&D developing wound care bandages for severe trauma, stem cell therapies for compartment syndrome, burn therapy dressings, and textile development research.
Pineda is passionate about nutrition and health, practices yoga daily, and is working on a master’s in nutrition. She lives in Portland with her husband and loves her new role as mommy to their son.
Deborah Quazzo, Chicago, IL
Founder & Managing Partner, GSV Acceleration
Deborah is the Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration, a venture capital fund investing in exceptional entrepreneurs and their companies in the $75B education and talent technology sector. In addition, she is the Cofounder and Managing Partner of the ASU+GSV Summit and Founder and Senior Advisor of GSV Advisors. Now in its 9th year, the ASU+GSV Summit celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape and attracts over 4,000 attendees.
Deborah currently serves on the boards of Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Lightneer, Remind, and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a board observer at CreativeLive and RaiseMe, and an advisory board member of Area9 Lyceum. She is a member of the boards of The Common Ground Foundation, Harvey Mudd College, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council and The Board of Dean’s Advisory Council at Princeton University. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education and KIPP: Chicago.
Deborah received the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education “Champion” Award from LEAP Innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.
Gregory P. Rae ’00, New York, NY
Leader, Martian Entertainment
Gregory Rae is a Tony Award-winning producer based in New York. His theatrical credits include Kinky Boots, Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award), Bare (off-Broadway) and The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award). He is an executive producer of the films The Goldfish, Clutter, The Muslims Are Coming and Family Remains, and co-executive producer of The Green. He became a partner in Martian Entertainment LLC, a theatrical general management and production company, in 2013. His upcoming projects include Allegiance.
Rae graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2000 with a degree in mathematics and computer science. He worked at Google as a software engineer in charge of log analysis until 2006. After leaving Google, he got involved in politics as one of the national leaders of Living Liberally and has advised several campaigns for marriage equality around the country. In 2008, he was the technical lead for the “No on Proposition 8” campaign in California, and in 2010 he served as treasurer of Fight Back New York, a political action committee that successfully targeted three state senators who had voted against marriage equality. Rae serves on the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees and The Tank, a Manhattan-based nonprofit arts organization; is a member of the National Leadership Council and of Lambda Legal; and is an associate member of The Broadway League.
Jeffrey Rosenbluth, New York, NY
Dr. Jeffrey Rosenbluth is a private investor and former head of Fixed Income Arbitrage at Salomon Brothers Inc. Rosenbluth is also co-founder of Applause Code LLC, an independent iOS application development company. He works part time as the chief technology officer of Elm Partners Management LLC. He serves on the board of advisors for Chalkstream Capital Group, a private investment fund. Rosenbluth is a founding board member and a member of the executive committee of Math for America, a foundation that seeks to improve mathematics education in the United States. He is an overseer of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Rosenbluth serves as chairman of the NYU/Courant Advisory Council and as chairman of the advisory board of Courant’s Program in Financial Mathematics. He holds PhD and M.S. degrees in mathematics from New York University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSE in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hector Ruiz, Austin, TX
Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
Hector de Jesus Ruiz has been a luminary in the field of technology for nearly three decades. He is an accomplished engineer, corporate strategist and chief executive. His professional career began at Texas Instruments in the company’s research laboratories and manufacturing operations. He then spent two decades at Motorola, rising from running a microchip manufacturing facility in Scotland to overseeing the firm’s worldwide semiconductor operations to leading semiconductor research and development and finally serving as president of the company’s semiconductor products sector. In 2000, Ruiz joined AMD as President and COO, and in April 2002 he was named CEO. At AMD, Ruiz set the strategic direction of the company, helping guide its growth from a small, broad supplier of components to an innovative technology solutions leader in the processor space. He also received numerous accolades during his tenure at AMD, including the Semico Bellwether Award (2009), 2005 Executive of the Year (EE Times), 2005 CEO of the Year (Electronic Business) and 2006 Top 25 Business Leader (Fortune). Ruiz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and he completed his doctoral degree at Rice University. Ruiz currently serves on UT’s College of Engineering Foundation Advisory Council. In 2006, he was selected as a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of UT-Austin, and in 2012, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Texas Exes’ highest honor. He also currently serves as a trustee emeriti of Rice University and is on the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation and the board of directors of Breakthrough Austin.
Kevin Schofield P13 P13, Seattle, WA
Kevin Schofield is general manager for strategy and communications at Microsoft Research. His organization drives consensus on technical strategy and priorities for Microsoft’s research efforts. He is also responsible for developing Microsoft Research’s relationships with academia, customers, press, analysts and Microsoft’s own product groups. Schofield joined Microsoft in 1988 and has worked in Microsoft Research since 1997. Over the course of his tenure at Microsoft, he worked in both development and program management for a number of Microsoft product efforts, including networking, operating systems, MSN and multimedia authoring tools. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Schofield has been deeply involved with the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research field for a number of years. He previously served as chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) and co-chair of the “CHI 96” Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. He serves on the advisory board of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Leadership Council of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is the co-author of three issued patents and several pending ones.
Schofield resides in Seattle, Washington. His twin daughters are both proud members of the Harvey Mudd Class of 2013.
Michael Schubmehl ’02, Hinsdale, IL
Quantitative Researcher for Jump Trading
Michael Schubmehl develops quantitative trading strategies for a leading proprietary trading firm in Chicago, Illinois. He’s been excited to participate in the rapid evolution of computerized trading over the past decade, incorporating advances in mathematics, data analysis, software, hardware and networking. The interdisciplinary nature of modern trading makes it a natural fit for Harvey Mudd students, and Schubmehl has worked to strengthen Mudd’s relationship with the industry by serving as a Clinic liaison, delivering guest lectures and recruiting on campus.
Schubmehl’s primary philanthropic activities have focused on Harvey Mudd, with particular emphasis on expanding the student research opportunities that he found so valuable over his four summers there. Schubmehl earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd in 2002.
He currently lives in Hinsdale, Illinois, with his wife and daughter.
Ellyn Shook, New York, NY
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture
Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for helping the 411,000 people of Accenture succeed both professionally and personally. Her global team of HR leaders and experts is re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age, fueling Accenture’s differentiation in the market and ability to improve the way the world works and lives.
A member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee, Shook is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and Accenture has been widely recognized externally as an employer of choice and for its diversity efforts.
Shook serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College, the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and the steering committee of Paradigm for Parity. She is active in Women in America and Ellevate Women’s Network and is also a member of the HR50 division of World50. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Shook one of the top 10 CHROs.
Scott Smallwood P17, Arlington, VA
Scott Smallwood graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in mathematics and economics and from Stanford with a PhD in operations research. He currently runs a small quantitative hedge fund.
Before venturing out on his own he spent 25 years working in the airline, consulting and finance industry. He started at American Airlines in the Operations Research group (now
Sabre Decision Technologies) building mathematical models to help solve the complex problems involved in running an airline. Scott then moved to California and worked for Applied
Decision Analysis, a quantitative consulting firm. Seven years later it was back to the east coast for two years in the fraud department at Capital One and then 13 years at Morgan Stanley and PDT Partners.
Scott and his wife live in the Washington, D.C., area. They have three kids, and their oldest graduated from Harvey Mudd in 2017.
Scott loves being outdoors in almost any activity. He is an avid runner and biker and loves snowboarding and kite-boarding with his children. A sports enthusiast, he has spent time using statistics to predict sporting events.
Venkat Varadachary, New York, NY
Senior Vice President for Information Management and Chief Data Officer, American Express
Venkat Varadachary is the senior vice president for information management and chief data officer at American Express. He has over 15 years of experience in business innovation leveraging data analytics and capabilities in the risk, services and commerce space. In his current role, Varadachary leads a team that builds, leverages and deploys analytics, capabilities and data-driven products and services that take advantage of American Express’ rich data assets to drive profitable growth for the company. As chief data officer, he also leads American Express’ data strategy and governance, from monitoring the quality and quantity of data flowing through its systems to creating the next generation of data insights.
Prior to this role, Varadachary held various leadership roles in risk management and analytics spanning the consumer, small business and reward loyalty space. As head of the Membership Rewards Analytics team, he led the development of the first rewards decision infrastructure and analytics in the industry that drove large gains in program economics. During the last recession, Varadachary led the program office for risk management activities and developed AXP’s suite of global customer assistance programs for customers in financial hardship. More recently, he also led a new business development initiative on private sales that resulted in the establishment of the AXP Vente-Privee joint venture. Prior to his experiences in information management, Varadachary held various leadership roles in risk management. He earned bachelor’s degrees in genetics and economics and a master’s in quantitative methods.
Yvonne Wassenaar, San Francisco, CA
Chief Information Officer, New Relic
Yvonne Wassenaar empowers companies to envision their future and ensure continued relevance embracing technology and diversity in a rapidly changing world. For over 25 years, Yvonne has advised leaders across the globe on scaling and diversifying their businesses. Yvonne currently serves as CEO at Airware, a geospatial analytics company delivering actionable business insights to F500 companies. Previously Yvonne served as Chief Information Officer at New Relic and she held multiple leadership positions at VMware. Yvonne spent 17 years at Accenture, where she started her professional career as a computer programmer, and was ultimately promoted to partner in the Communications & High Tech Strategy practice. Yvonne received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UCLA where she graduated with top honors. Her market impact recently earned her recognition as a Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley; theBoardlist Top 20, and as a WSJ Woman of Note. She sits on the board of Forrester (FORR), the Athena Alliance and Harvey Mudd College. Yvonne is an avid traveler and uses her experiences abroad to deepen her understanding of human interaction and experience.
Michael G. Wilson ’63, London, UK
Executive Producer, Danjaq LLC
Michael G. Wilson began his producing career in 1976, working with Albert “Cubby” Broccoli on The Spy Who Loved Me. Together, they co-produced the next six James Bond films, five of which Wilson also co-wrote. He then went on to produce the hugely successful GoldenEye with his half-sister, Barbara Broccoli, as well as the next six Bond franchise releases. Most recently, he co-produced the box office hit Spectre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig.
Wilson graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He was then awarded a juris doctor from Stanford Law School and worked for the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., before joining the law firm Surrey & Morse. There, he became a partner specializing in international tax and business transactions before transferring to EON Productions.
Interested in all aspects of still photography, Wilson is recognized as a leading expert on 19th-century photography. In 1998, he opened the Wilson Centre for Photography, one of the largest private collections of photography today, spanning works from some of the earliest extant photographs to the most current contemporary productions. The Centre hosts seminars and study sessions, runs an annual bursary project with the National Media Museum and loans to international museums and galleries.
Chairman of the Science Museum Foundation, Wilson is also a trustee of Harvey Mudd College, a trustee of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a trustee of the Art Fund, chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and a trustee of Cape Farewell. In 2013, he received an honorary doctorate of letters from London South Bank University.
Wilson was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2008 for services to the film industry. In 2014, the Producers’ Guild of America honored Wilson with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Michael G. Wilson is married to Jane Wilson, a Scripps College graduate. They have two children.
Bruce W. Worster ’64, Santa Barbara, CA
Digger Pine Enterprises
Bruce W. Worster retired in 2001 as vice president from JDS-Uniphase Corporation in San Jose, a leading supplier for the telecommunications industry. Before JDS-Uniphase, Worster was a physicist at Hewlett-Packard, after which he moved to leadership roles at Measurex, Surface Science Instruments, Tencor Instruments and Ultrapointe Corporation, where he was founder, CTO and president. After retirement, he served as a director of Zygo Corporation from 2002–2010, and as chairman 2009–2010. Worster is also a member of the American Physical Society.
He is named on ten patents for an integrated confocal laser imaging system and related technologies used to analyze defects on silicon wafers during the semiconductor manufacturing process.
Worster graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. He then obtained a master of arts and doctorate of philosophy in 1971 in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master of business administration from Santa Clara University in 1977.
Worster resides in Los Altos Hills, California, with his wife, Susan.
Jacky Wright, Redmond, WA
Vice President, Microsoft
Jacky Wright is a seasoned, global leader in information technology who has made a broad impact in business and on key social issues. She draws on extensive global experience in strategy, consulting, large-scale program development, implementation and management across a variety of industries. As vice president of Microsoft IT Strategic Enterprise Services, Wright is responsible for all Enterprise Services and Platforms globally. She leads a team of more than 1,200 people worldwide to drive product and operational excellence, agility and customer-centricity across the company. Wright is deeply engaged with senior Microsoft leadership to define Microsoft’s product and service strategy for the enterprise and to build leading-edge customer products and services.
Over the course of her career, Wright has had broad responsibility for leading extended, multidisciplinary teams to deliver immediate and long-term business value. During her tenure at Microsoft, she has driven the adoption of ground-breaking new technologies and effectively managed a vastly complex cloud technology migration program. Her areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, complex business integration projects and developing deeply effective collaborations with other senior leaders.
In addition to her professional leadership role, Wright is passionate about creating positive change for historically excluded groups. As she rose to the senior ranks of major corporations such as BP PLC, General Electric, Accenture and now Microsoft, Wright leveraged her experiences and passion to inspire others to take control of their destiny. Her professional and personal interests take her across the world each year, and she takes advantage of the many opportunities to engage with global audiences on key social topics and to effect lasting social change.