Two UW alums, Frank Robinson and Hank Levy, have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the most prestigious honors an engineer can receive.
Robinson, a 1957 UW alum and lifetime member of the UW Alumni Association, is retired president and chairman of Robinson Helicopter Co. He was elected for the “conception, design, and manufacture of low-noise, low life-cycle cost, and high-reliability helicopters.” A former engineer for Bell and Hughes and a few other multimillion-dollar helicopter makers, Robinson wanted to create a reliable “personal” helicopter that was affordable for flight schools, small business and thrill seekers. In 1973, he founded Robinson Helicopter in his living room and today outsells all North American manufacturers put together. Robinson was named one of the 26 most fascinating entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine in 2005.
Levy, a 1987 UW alum, teaches at UW and is the Wissner-Slivka Endowed Chair in Computer Science and Engineering. He was elected for “contributions to design, implementation, and evaluation of operating systems, distributed systems, and processor architectures.” Levy is the author of two books and over 100 papers on computer systems design, and in 2006 co-founded of Skytap, a Seattle cloud-computing company. He also co-founded Performant, a Java performance company acquired by Mercury in 2003.
Here are this week’s Dawg Treats:
- Great story about Mandi Schwartz, who is battling back after a Sept. 22 stem-cell transplant at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s inpatient unit at the UW Medical Center.
- UW alum Mark Chenovick’s first time on a theater stage was at age 9—and he’s been hooked ever since. Now, he’s the resident executive director of Redmond’s SecondStory Repertory (SSR) in Redmond Town Center.
- UW, WSU could offer doctorate degrees at branch campuses.
- UW Architecture Professor Sharon E. Sutton recently received the Whitney M. Young Jr. award from the American Institute of Architects. It recognizes her efforts to increase minority participation in the design professions and her use of architecture to advance social justice.
- The UW ranks third among colleges and universities sending undergraduate alumni to the Peace Corps, and first in graduate alumni.
- UW Atmospheric Science Professor Ignatius Rigor is quoted in this Miami Herald story about winter storms not undermining the science of global warming.
- Here’s a recap of tech pioneer Carver Mead’s speech at the UW on Feb. 1. Mead shared anecdotes about his early days in the microelectronics industry that led to the PC revolution and today’s pocket computers.
- The News Tribune features the beauty of the UW Tacoma campus.
Photo courtesy of Frank Robinson Co.