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After graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in electrical engineering, William "Bill" Mensch has gone on to be a major contributor to the designs of the microprocessors used by Motorola, Apple, Atari, Nintendo and more. One of Embedded Computing Design’s 2017 Top Embedded Innovators, Mensch also helped establish the fabless semiconductor business model upon founding WDC in 1978. 

"I was involved with pioneering both the intellectual property, IP cores, business model and the 'fabless' semiconductor business model used by many companies today," Mensch said. "My philosophy from the beginning has been 'when my licensees succeed, we succeed!' WDC’s IP licensing today holds true to this original philosophy and is flexible and customizable to support both the application and the licensees’ best interests."

Recent electrical and computer engineering graduate Ben Chrysler was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship, and will begin a doctorate in optical sciences in the fall. He studies the efficiency of photovoltaic solar modules using optical techniques to make better use of the sun's energy.

The College of Engineering’s Micro/Nano Fabrication Center is one of three high-level labs that can be found on the UA campus. 

The high-tech clean room is located on the first floor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, and boasts a variety of equipment and stations that are used to make different kinds of mechanical and engineering technology, such as computer chips and wafers.

“Our goal is to teach students and give them access to everything we have to offer,” said Gregg Cure, maintenance supervisor for the lab. “Which includes the lab equipment and the knowledge of faculty and lab workers.”

HuntenIn just seven months, a team of five undergraduate students, including recent electrical and computer engineering graduate Evelyn Hunten, helped build two 24-inch telescopes from the ground up to track satellites and space junk. "This project was the one I wanted to work on," she said. "It was my first choice. I love the instrumentation behind scientific discoveries."

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