The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences announces the induction of John L. Hennessy, President Emeritus of Stanford University, into the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established to honor alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their field, and served as an inspiration to past and future innovators. Hall of Fame recipients are recognized for sustained and significant leadership in engineering, technology, entrepreneurship or innovation throughout their professional lives. John L. Hennessy, the 10th president of Stanford University and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Hennessy received his MS ‘75 and PhD ‘77, in Computer Science from Stony Brook University’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
He was inducted in a special ceremony at Stony Brook’s annual Engineering Ball on April 5, 2018, attended by Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos, Provost Michael Bernstein and Senior Vice President of Advancement Dexter Bailey, and special guest Kristina Johnson, Chancellor of the State University of New York.
Hennessy is best known for his four decades of academic leadership at Stanford University, serving as its 10th president from 2000 to 2016. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1977 upon graduating from Stony Brook, and also served as Chair of Stanford’s Department of Computer Science , Dean of the School of Engineering, and Provost. Early in his career, he was instrumental in the development of a new technology known as Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC), and helped transfer it to the commercial market. In 2016 he co-founded the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world, offering full funding to 100 high-achieving students for a graduate education at Stanford. In 2018 he was named Chair of the Board for Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and received the prestigious Turing Award for pioneering a new approach to computer architecture and its impact on the microprocessor industry.
“John’s commitment to changing the world through education, entrepreneurship and cutting edge research that makes a difference to society, has impacted thousands of students, computer scientists and engineers around the world,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “His exceptional record of professional success and ethos as a human being exemplify what a distinguished CEAS Alumni is, and set the standard against which future honorees will be measured.”
Hennessy returned to the Stony Brook Department of Computer Science on Friday, April 6. His lecture, “From Stony Brook to Stanford and Silicon Valley: Stories from a 45-year Journey,” was attended by more than 200 students, faculty and guests on campus, and streamed live for remote viewers.