On Wednesday, June 12, the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering celebrated the Class of 2019 in the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Roughly 335 graduates–31 doctorate degrees, 89 master’s degrees and 215 bachelor’s degrees—walked across the stage, becoming ECE alumni.
The keynote speaker of the ceremony was ECE alumnus Ganesh Moorthy. Moorthy, who earned his BSEE degree in 1981, has established himself as a leader in the microchip industry. He is the president and chief operating officer of Microchip Technology, Inc., the leading provider of microcontroller, mixed signal, analog, security and Flash-IP solutions.
UW College of Engineering Associate Dean of Diversity and Access, Eve Riskin and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Bruce Darling announced the name of the graduates. Professor and lead graduate program faculty coordinator Scott Dunham spoke before the conferral of the doctoral degrees, associate professor Rich Christie spoke before the conferral of the master’s degrees and associate professor and undergraduate education faculty coordinator Chris Rudell spoke before the conferral of the bachelor’s degrees.
In addition to recognizing the graduates, ECE professor and chair Radha Poovendran welcomed back to campus members of the class of 1969, who were celebrating their 50th reunion. Lauren Countryman, Dave Deits, Neil Faulkner, Bill Harrison, Alex Hoad, Bill Kotsogean, Dennis Lambert, Greg Mathers, Chuck Orrestad, Gordon Radovich, Louis Sims, Keith Wilbur and David Winningham were all in attendance.