Alumni Profiles


Graduates of the College of Engineering have become pioneers in technology, aerospace and government. Here are some outstanding examples of how our alumni are changing the world:

Greg Badros, MS ’98, PhD ’00 Computer Science & Engineering

Greg Badros Greg Badros is the vice president of Engineering & Products at Facebook, leading advertising, search and data science. Prior to working at Facebook, Greg was the senior director of engineering at Google, and led the AdSense engineering team as well as Gmail, Calendar, and Reader. He joined Facebook in 2009 and grew the advertising systems to hundreds of billions of impressions per day.

Andrew Benedek, PhD ‘70 Chemical Engineering

Andrew Benedek Andrew Benede developed membrane technology that has revolutionized the water treatment industry and brought clean water to communities across the world. He founded ZENON Environmental Inc. and the resulting “Z-Weed” membranes are currently used in over 440 wastewater and drinking water treatment plants across the globe.

Tami Bond, MSME '93, Interdisciplinary PhD '00

Tami Bond is recognized as a leading researcher on the effects of black carbon emission and atmospheric pollution on global climate and human health and a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Read more »

Peter Janicki, MS ’89 Mechanical Engineering

Peter Janicki is the founder of Janicki Industries, a global leader in design and manufacture of composite tooling. Read more »

Sally Jewell, BS ‘78 Mechanical Engineering

Sally Jewell Sally Jewell is the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior, leading an agency with over 70,000 employees. In this role, she is responsible for stewarding 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges. Prior to becoming Secretary, Sally was the president and CEO of REI, a national outdoor retailer and the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.

Gregory C. Johnson, BS '77 Aeronautics & Astronautics

Greg Johnson piloted the space shuttle Atlantis on the last service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Read more »

Jon Magnusson, BS ’75 Civil Engineering

Jon Magnusson is the former chairman and CEO of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), an international award-winning structural and civil engineering firm in Seattle. He has been responsible for the structure of Seattle landmarks including the Experience Music Project, Benaroya Hall, Safeco Field, Seahawks Stadium, and the Seattle Central Library.

Marleen Martinez, BS '06 Aeronautics & Astronautics

Marleen Martinez on PBS Makers: Women in Space Marleen Martinez develops spacecraft for lunar exploration for the Lockheed Martin team at NASA Johnson Space Center. She hopes her work with the Avionics Systems Engineering Group will realize her goal of becoming an astronaut. Closer to home, Martinez offered her insights to help develop STARS program that supports highly motivated students who are eligible for financial aid. See Martinez featured on PBS' Makers: Women in Space at about 49:00:00.

Krishna Nadella, PhD '09, MS '02 Mechanical Engineering

Krishna Nadella is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MicroGREEN Polymers. Read more »

Wayne Quinton, MS '59 Mechanical Engineering

Recognized as the father of bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering alumnus Wayne Quinton founded Quinton Instruments, a pioneering innovator in medical devices ranging from treadmills to cardiac diagnostic equipment. Read more »

Steve Rogel, BS ‘65 Chemical Engineering

Steve Rogel Steve Rogel is one of the pulp and paper industry’s most respected and well-known leaders. During his tenure as CEO, he guided Willamette Industries to the top of the market and transformed Weyerhaeuser into one of the largest forest products companies in the world.

John Roundhill, BS ’67, MS ’73 Mechanical Engineering

John Roundhill John Roundhill is the former vice president of product strategy and development of The Boeing Commercial Airplane Group. During his 37 years at Boeing, he served in product development and engineering positions that include Director of Engineering for the 737/757 programs, and Chief Project Engineer for the 767 Freighter. For the 777, his responsibilities included preliminary design, product development, and marketing. As a two-time graduate of the UW, he served as the Boeing liaison for many years.